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The Holy Book is Here!

March 15, 2017

On just another regular Monday, an automated notification was sent. The receiver (me) was delighted! Finally, the Builder’s Folder with the construction details and detailed plans arrived from Kontio and had to be picked up from the post office (which nowadays is attached to the customer service of a shopping market).

The folder contains all the exciting (for the engineers among us) technical drawings, assembly instructions, and delivery part lists. Even that this is not the first log building we are assembling (it actually is number 4), it is still interesting to see how things are ultimately designed. There are new things we never had such as the mansard-style roof, the dormer windows in the roof, and the drive through (which the manufacturer still calls a terrace). Seeing how they are constructed after almost a year is a nice entertainment while waiting for 2 months for the delivery.

Besides the already known floor plans and foundation plans, it included also


  • separate assembly instructions for the logs, the roof, and complimentary products
  • part lists with quantities such as 4102 nails of a certain kind (okay, I made that number up)
  • technical drawings of the roof
  • load calculations for the roof elements
  • detail drawings for all challenging parts such as pillars, windows, the terrace and so on
  • the 3D drawing (not very useful except nice to look at)

  • the technical drawings for the roof and
  • the Log-Building-For-Dummies instruction for the actual log assembly with numbers for each piece (making this easier than a Lego project)

It’s good to see that the holes for the electricity cables are roughly were I drew them and they haven’t been forgotten (I never got confirmation from Kontio that they had received my plans). The drawings also show that the top rows of the workshop are not one single log (which theoretically would be possible because they can do and transport logs up to 12 meters as far as I remember) but they are split into 2/3 and 1/3 length with hidden connections in the joints. Hence, we need to lift a maximum of 7,4 meters long logs. Not bad.

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