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Skellefteå, a small Swedish city with about 100 000 inhabitants situated just below the Arctic Circle, has a long history of timber building. Architects Robert Schmitz and Oskar Norelius from White Architects are making a monument to the city’s timber tradition, the Sara Cultural Centre, which will be one of the world’s tallest timber buildings.

They say location, location, location.

While it is true, the location is essential for determining the value of a property, when you buy land for building your new home that's not the only metric you want to consider.

In this article, we'll go through 10 things to check before buying land... and I bet you didn't think of number 6.

They say eco-friendly homes must be airtight.
You might be wondering how is it possible to live in a closed box, with no fresh air ever coming in.

That'd be a legit concern... if it really was true that no fresh air is ever coming in. But it isn't.
Eco-friendly houses have "lungs".

The ventilation system is the lungs of a modern home.

In this article, I explain the most important aspects of this system and I give you the information you need to start planning your own energy-efficient ventilation system.

Here at Katus, we spent the last 10 years dealing with energy-efficient houses.

When I personally started my journey into the prefab housing world, I had no idea how energy-efficiency could be achieved.
I remember clearly the frustration I felt when I wanted to know more but didn't know where to start from...

Today, when I search on the internet anything about energy-efficiency of a new home, I can find only partial information, information that is often regurgitated from different sources and superficial at best.

I can no longer stand this inefficiency (pun intended) and so I wrote this article that tells you everything you need to know to put your ducks in a row when it comes to the energy-efficiency of your new home... 

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a wood-based construction material that has become quite popular in the past 10 years.
CLT brings together some of the benefits of building with wood and some of the benefits of building with concrete.
This makes it quite unique and versatile.

In order to help you to decide whether to use CLT for your project or to go with a timber-frame construction, we prepared this ultimate FAQ...

As your family and your needs grow, your house starts to feel too tight.
We've been there ourselves...

This is why, a couple to years ago, we started to play with the idea of bringing to life a garden room.

What is a garden room?
...it's an extra room with the same qualities of the rooms of a high-end house (great insulation, great soundproofing, privacy, ...) that you can just place in your garden.

This summer we finally built one and it took us just 4 days!

Building your house with a prefab system (be it pre-cut, elements or modules), will require that you do a certain amount of work on your site before the construction of the structure starts and after the construction ends.

In fact, most manufacturers are just suppliers and they limit the scope of their work to the assembly of the house shell (building envelope).

But you have to build the entire thing... so how do you deal with the rest?

You need to hire a general contractor, or a series of local companies to carry on the works for you.

Here are the important aspects you should take into consideration...

Picking windows for your house seems an easy task at first, but when you dig a little deeper, things get complicated.
Things like size and color are obvious... but what about stuff like energy performance, sun protection, safety features?

The truth is that windows are quite complex objects and, when choosing the right ones for your home, there is a lot to consider.
On top of that, you have a limited budget to work with.

So how do you make sure you don't overlook anything and you get the best bang for your bucks?

Here is how we approach this problem every time we have to pick windows for our projects...


When the idea of building a new home makes its way into your head, it is easy to get trapped into a fantasy.

In the very beginning, you most likely have no real plan and you have no clue how much you can afford to spend, neither how this dream house could look like.
You just like the idea of getting yourself and your family a new place, a better place.

But you know that starting this kind of venture without a sound plan is a bad idea.
So here we come in your help with the plan...

You want to build a house and your number one problem is to figure out if you can afford it. I get it.

Unfortunately, this seemingly simple question hardly ever gets an immediate numeric answer.

Shortly, this question is too vague.

If you really want to get an answer, you need to give some contexts and add a few details.
Here is how to do it...


When building an eco-friendly house, one question that comes to mind immediately is:

which kind of construction materials should I use?

There are a lot of options and a lot of chatter online about this topic.
Unfortunately, a lot of the information you can find when searching is pushed by marketers and it is not really objective (nor true).

In this article, we make the point on what is a TRULY eco-friendly material and how to pick the right ones for your new home.