Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a log home – 5 unique features
28.2.2017 By Joonas Rantala
When you step into a log house you will probably sense the same unique atmosphere as most of us: it’s like you’ve come home. A log house immediately creates an uncomplicated, cosy and natural mood. Genuine wood is a pleasure to look at and a log house simply makes us feel good. But why is that?
A log house simply feels good, and it is no coincidence. Log has many natural features that cannot be imitated. Nature cares for us not only in the outdoors but also in interior spaces. This is great news because it means you can bring nature indoors even in the city. After all, modern log houses are an equally good fit for the city as they are for the countryside.
The five unique features of a log home
You might not think of a house in terms of its features as your attention is most likely grabbed by square footage and the different facilities that are available. However, you would do well to stop to think about the unique features of a modern log house that seem to create a warm, homely atmosphere almost by themselves.
- Look – nothing looks quite like a modern or traditional log house
- Light – utilised with the utmost care and expertise
- Acoustics – pleasant living
- High indoor air quality and pleasant scent – natural and nurturing
- Atmosphere – relaxed and calming
Wood has its own look
You can build a traditional villa with small-paned windows next to other wooden buildings in an old neighbourhood or have your house represent simplified architecture in a more modern locale. Log is an ideal material for both situations. The living surface of massive logs brings warmth and a touch of nature to the look.
Log is perceived as cosy no matter how modern the overall look of the building is. The modern non-settling log also enables different innovative design solutions and versatility in architecture when used in combination with other materials. So forget everything you think you know about log houses!
Solid wood creates cosy environments no matter how modern the overall look of the building is.
Light that floods in
Modern log houses are designed to allow as much natural light into the interiors as possible: there are large windows, bay windows, sliding glass doors, etc. Light means a lot to us and it affects our living comfort more than you might think. That is why utilising the existing natural light as well as possible is always a wise move.
Honkarakenne always takes meticulous care to account for the amount of light and the cardinal directions in the design and placement of the log houses it delivers. Daylight and spotlights can make the matte-surfaced log look different, but it will never lose its warmth and natural appeal. To make life enjoyable even in the dark winter evenings, all Honka log homes feature plenty of light spots.
In interior spaces you can keep the wood’s natural colour or you can treat it to lighter or darker hues as you prefer. You will get exactly the look and feel you want.
Log houses offer pleasant acoustics
When there’s too much echo in a space the atmosphere can quickly turn vexing. Spending long periods of time in such a space is stressful even if we do not notice it.
A log frame has tremendous acoustic characteristics and spending time in a log house is a pleasant experience. It’s as if the thick log walls suck the unnecessary noise out of the space. Good acoustics is one of the most important features affecting the comfort of living even if we don’t notice it when everything is working as intended.
High indoor air quality and a fresh scent
A genuine, natural log has its own delightful scent to it and a log house is a great way to enjoy the natural ambience it brings with it. Massive log structures breathe and effectively balance out moisture variations. Indoor air moisture is kept at the optimal level and the house retains its healthy and pleasant scent. The surface of the log is also antibacterial, which helps to maintain the structures and keep the indoor air fresh.
Genuine and calming atmosphere
Massive logs bring a relaxing and cosy atmosphere to the house. When in contact with massive wood, our minds can take us on vacation or into nature, and studies have shown that log houses do have a very relaxing effect on us. Our heart rate goes down, as do our stress levels. A log house allows us to truly leave our troubles at the door. It is said that walking in the woods is relaxing, and the same natural effect can be felt in log houses as well.
The feeling inside a log house is not forced or pretentious, but cosy and calm. Simple and natural. A log house provides the perfect framework, but in the end a home is created by those who live in it. We may build the house, you make it your home.