Why is the construction of Finnish wooden houses more expensive and do you need to overpay?

If you go to the website of the Finnish company Polar Life Haus, which offers the construction of Finnish wooden houses in Russia, then you will find a lot of beautiful photos of elite houses and a large list of the advantages of their buildings, including materials, and the absence of toxic adhesives in the timber, and special construction techniques, and much more. In fact, many companies are engaged in the construction of wooden houses using Finnish technologies in our country, but let’s look at the reasons why such houses are generally valued and what you need to pay attention to when you choose a contractor, architect and builders for the construction of a Finnish house in Russia.

Building houses using Finnish technology is very fashionable and very practical in our climate. They are especially loved by lovers of eco-friendly practices and green healthy houses (they are chosen along with the most expensive types of Russian log cabins — these log cabins are made according to the most complex classical technology from logs of the highest quality processing). All construction technologies are different, including Finnish technologies. Many log houses can be called Finnish, but real Finnish houses are built in a special way from specially processed materials. First, a very reliable frame is built, for which the strongest wood species are chosen. Walls are built to keep the house warm during an icy winter and cool during a hot, dry summer..

Finnish houses are built both from timber and logs (by analogy with Russian log cabins). In any case, such a house always looks elegant, because modern designers with experience in the industry are hired to design it. In addition, the right Finnish house is very environmentally friendly — green and human-friendly materials are chosen for any part of the house, whether it is a frame hidden several times or an open interior decoration. Even the glue that is used in the production of good Finnish timber is not toxic. Therefore, real Finnish houses are valued and more expensive..

In general, any company that builds houses using one technology or another must describe in detail on its website the construction technologies (what they are based on), characteristics and composition of materials (not just say that the tree was brought from a specific region, but tell exactly about how, who processed it and on what equipment).

Real Finnish houses (as well as real Russian houses) are based on traditions. Some companies follow true traditions, using classical methods only supplementing them with modern technologies that can only improve efficiency. Other companies are modifying traditions to make technology cheaper or to speed up construction, but these changes also change the traditional quality of construction. And this is the main difference between different builders and different Finnish houses in our country. For example, you can use traditional wood to make beams and use modern safe glue, or machine the logs instead of manual labor. You can also make a bar with special mechanisms that will reduce the workload of the workers. And then you just speed up the production and make the material safer, but do not change the tradition. On the other hand, you can take logs made from cheap wood that has been processed with cheap equipment and then use an alternative method of building a house (and there are a lot of them at the moment). As a result, the house will indeed be built quickly and will be smaller, but it will no longer be a traditional Finnish house, but a cheaper version of it. Such houses are also not bad, but these are not traditional houses and more money and resources will need to be invested in them (for insulation, heating, repairs, etc.).

Why are houses in Finland itself even more expensive than in Russia? If the houses are built by the Finns, and not by the Russians using the Finnish technology, then you pay them at the rate of the country in which they live. Builders in Finland get quite a lot, but they build quite well for their salaries, rechecking everything several times. In general, the quality and safety control of the Scandinavians is at an incredible level. It may surprise some Europeans, and even for the Russians, whose construction sites are sometimes very chaotic, the organization of the Finns is quite amazing. In general, most of the houses in Russia are built by Russians, even if they are hired by a Finnish company (precisely so that people in Russia pay at a rate that is acceptable for the country).