Modern wooden houses

With the advent of understanding the value of everything natural, the desire of the consumer to get away from synthetics, the popularity of wooden architecture is growing..

And although the market offers not only traditionally Russian options, but also samples of architecture from other countries, the beauty and beneficial effects of wood are equally good in any design..

Popular facade styles

The facade of the house is its face and a kind of portfolio of the owners. To a close look, the facade of a house can tell a lot about the standard of living, income, social status and even the inner world of the inhabitants of the dwelling. The exterior has many options and styles – from authentic antiquity of Russian merchants to modern design.

The Russian style implies many directions in which stone, wood, or a combination of these materials are used:

  • merchant;
  • Vologda;
  • non-merchant;
  • pseudo-urban;
  • Ingrian;
  • peasant (rural);
  • rustic or urban manor.

Modern styles of wooden houses:

  • high tech – the style is filled with design innovations, clear geometry and versatility;
  • chalet – a sloping roof with strongly protruding slopes, an east-facing facade, beamed design, terraces along the facade or the entire perimeter;
  • loft – unobtrusive shapes, strict cubic and rectangular geometry, maximum fusion with the landscape;
  • Canadian – complete lack of luxury, functionality, deliberate rough handling of large logs, Canadian felling.

There are a lot of styles, but a wooden house can be built according to an individual project with a unique style..

House options from combined materials

Combined structures made of wood and glass are becoming more common, especially in warmer regions.. In wooden houses, the role of a supporting frame and a blank wall is played by wood – a bar or a log, sometimes a wooden frame, if we are talking about a frame. As for the translucent part of the house, different types of glass are used for its implementation:

  • plexiglass;
  • hardened;
  • reinforced;
  • laminated and coated.

Modern glasses designed specifically for such purposes differ from classical standards:

  • glass panes equipped with a cleaning system;
  • double-glazed windows with built-in solar panels;
  • glass that maintains the optimal temperature regime inside the house;
  • glass blocks with high light transmittance, characterized by strength, reliability, sound absorption.

All these structures have absolute fire safety, a wide choice of color palette and texture..

New technologies are used for glazing:

  • doppel facades;
  • planar and spider glazing;
  • structural and semi-structural technology.

Illustrative examples are several combined projects, in one of which wood is organically combined with glass panels.. At the same time, the massiveness and “brutality” of the “wild” stone finish makes the main part of the structure light and airy..

The second project envisages glass panels not only on the facade – a glass cube seems to grow from the side wall, increasing the panoramic view by 30%. As for the third house, its ideal proportions and the tandem of glass and wood make the building a little futuristic in its surroundings. A dual impression of foreignness and at the same time naturalness of a residential building in a natural corner is created.

By the second light

The history of such architecture goes back more than one century. Some of the palace complexes were built in a similar style – ballrooms, halls for receiving official delegations. The second light is used to decorate the equestrian arena for the performance of the famous Lipizzans in Vienna. Residential buildings with a second light have gained popularity already in the current century.

The peculiarity of this architecture is in the absence of ceilings on the facade, which allows residents to admire the surrounding landscape without interference at any time of the year. Another feature, or rather, a mandatory requirement – the erection of load-bearing structures should provide for repair work and maintenance in the future..

Modern wooden houses of the second light can be made in any style – Russian, Finnish, Norwegian, chalets and others. The photo shows the methods of organizing two-tiered lighting in the ceremonial palace halls, horse riding arenas. Without such solutions, in principle, it is impossible to organize sports complexes with swimming pools, fitness clubs.

Another photo shows a part of the living room with a seating area located in the bay window. Two tiers of translucent panels, of which the lower one is covered with a translucent muslin, flood the room with soft diffused light, creating an atmosphere of purity and lightness.

The clear geometry of the windows in the next photo effectively gives the space volume and airiness, and even the feeling of flight, since the tops of trees are visible through the upper glass panes, especially when the wind sways them..

Large log houses

The geographical location of our country, the latitudes at which most of the regions are located, suggest severe winters with negative temperatures, when the thermometer sometimes shows values ​​close to -50º C. In this case, when building a wooden residential building, preference is given to a thick log.. Such a building material has extremely low thermal conductivity and is able to provide internal heat in any frost..

Houses made of thick logs look original, each of them is unique in its own way, any dwelling of this type has a special charm and attractiveness. Structures made of thick logs (diameter 32-35 cm and more), and even surrounded by conifers, resemble the abode of fairy-tale characters. The most organically suitable Scandinavian and Norwegian styles are very popular in design. Kelo (a tree that died naturally) or specially harvested wood is used as a building material. When erecting a log house, the “Canadian felling” technology is used.

The advantage of thick log houses:

  • environmental friendliness;
  • duration of operation (over 100 years);
  • seismic resistance, ability to retain heat;
  • spectacular look, material savings – a large diameter allows you to do less.


  • high price;
  • the need for special equipment during construction;
  • lack of material – substandard logs are more difficult to find;
  • increased terms for shrinkage (at least 2 years), if a log with a natural moisture level is used.

We present original projects.

  • Canadian cabin house it seems small due to the massiveness of the walls, but it is quite sufficient for the living of an average, and even a large family. A unique combination of thick balans (logs) and panoramic glazing “lighten” the exterior and fill the interior space with an abundance of light.

  • Second project can be used as a dwelling house or a guest house at tourist and recreation centers, since the layout allows one of the premises on the ground floor to be used as a kitchen or a bedroom. A small terrace and panoramic glazing allow you to enjoy the surrounding landscape both inside the house and outside.

  • Next sample made in a manor style, which allows the use of a spacious two-storey mansard-type house as housing for several generations. The terrace with a barbecue area, located in front of the entrance group, is decorated with unusual massive columns made of powerful trunks of century-old coniferous wood. Panoramic glazing and large windows provide maximum natural light.

The appearance of any house of this type has an atmosphere of comfort, warmth, and reliability. This is a real fortress, which cannot be penetrated by frosts and winds. The high price excludes such buildings from the standard range – not every homeowner is able to afford such housing.

Interior options

When choosing the interior design of a log dwelling, it is necessary to take into account its features.. External and internal design should be organic, holistic, and maintain a single concept. Modern technologies do not require additional wall decoration, which is why log houses have a powerful power of charm..

The interior of such a house is organically combined with the following styles:

  • country – emphasis on natural materials;
  • high tech – practicality, functionality, order;
  • minimalism – laconicism, a minimum of decor and furniture;
  • pretentious kitsch – fusion of art house and traditions, expensive decor and natural wood.

At the same time, the creation of such interiors in a log house is a daunting task.. A talented designer must have a subtle sense of harmony and balance when combining modern materials and traditional wood, which has been used for centuries to build homes.. The designer must understand the wood so that the final result does not kill his soul, but emphasizes the peculiarity and nobility of the wood..

A house made of winter woods must preserve a special microclimate, its healing power, which is created by the essential oils and resins contained in conifers. With the right design and minimal wall decoration, this atmosphere can last for decades. Another challenge facing the designer is paying tribute to traditions, discreetly and unobtrusively inscribe modern household and office equipment in such a way that it seems natural in the surrounding space.

A few photos with examples of a talented approach to solving the assigned tasks will help to understand the essence and possibilities of the design of a house built from a log.

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