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Building a holiday home? Choose wood. Here’s why and how.

A holiday home is a trend that has caught on and gained immense popularity.  City life is extremely demanding and a home away from city provides much-needed escape. A holiday home can also be a lucrative option for people who rent them out while not in use.

If you have decided to build a leisure home for yourself, the key factors that you would normally consider are aesthetics, cost of construction, running costs, maintenance and durability.

The world over, wood is preferred as the material of construction of independent houses due to the plethora of physical, emotional and performance benefits that wood offers. Modern technology has enabled large structures to be constructed in wood – the latest being a 16 storey building made entirely in wood.

Let us take a look at how wood can enhance the look and value of your holiday home

  1. Aesthetics - Higher grades of wood are used as a decorative and artistic material. Each trunk has its own markings, patterns and color shades that lend uniqueness to each span. Wood brings in a sense of calm, class and subtle elegance, which is second to none. It gives a feeling of being connected with nature and blends easily with any natural landscape. Wood can also lend a colonial charm to your house.
  2. Cost of construction - Wood structures are easier to create as compared to concrete ones. Modular or pre-fabricated homes can be constructed at a fraction of the time and cost of conventional homes.
  3. Running costs – Wood is a natural insulator. It remains cool in the summers and warm in the winters, which reduces the amount of energy needed to heat or cool a home. The result is lower electricity bills resulting in financial savings and a better environment
  4. Maintenance – Over a period of time your home like everything else will require small fixes and renovations. Wood as a material facilitates repairs and renovations due to the method of construction, requiring very little time and effort.
  5. Durability – Certain varieties of wood are naturally durable and have natural defenses against termite, rot and decay. Careful selection and treatment of wood will ensure your home lasts for decades in its near-original glory.

Recommended species for all-wood homes

Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF) from British Columbia (B.C.) Canada is a widely popular wood species for the construction of modular and pre-fabricated homes. SPF’s strength, light weight, ease of handling and woodworking properties make construction and maintenance of structures extremely economical, versatile and easy. Its high dimensional stability and stress bearing properties make it ideal for all types of framing applications in construction

SPF comes as ready to use sawn lumber from the sustainably managed forests of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. It is kiln-dried (KD) and heat treated (HT) for durability and performance in state of the art facilities in Canada to suit the end-use. SPF is PEFC/FSC certified assuring consumers of an eco-friendly product.

Recommended species for all-wood homes

9 Wooden Homes, Bengaluru

This project in Bengaluru, India features mid to premium cottages made entirely in SPF stained to mimic hardwoods. The project has been exceptionally successful as wooden homes are getting increasingly popular with Indian consumers.

9 Wooden Homes, Bengaluru

Canadian Wood is participating in Delhiwood 2017 between 1st to 4th March 2017, where in addition to knowing the species and furniture; you can also interact with wood experts to understand how you can effectively use Canadian Wood in your next project. Visit us at Hall no. 12, Booth B201.

FII India, funded by the government of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada represents Canadian wood in India for all its five species viz. Western Hemlock, Douglas-fir, Yellow-Cedar, Western Red Cedar and Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF). FII works closely with architects, manufacturers, importers and real estate developers to provide technical and procurement assistance for their requirements free of any cost.