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New transportable log homes launched

A contemporary range of transportable, solid log homes is being launched by Norwegian Log Buildings.

The new concept Inovar Transportable homes have a modern look with all the quality construction benefits of a solid log building. Designs include angled elevations and space saving internal walls with panoramic double glazing and bi-fold doors. Factory assembled in Berkshire, the units can be delivered and assembled within 7-10 days.

Environmental benefits include natural insulation – log keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer – low running costs, an indefinite lifespan and minimal maintenance, unlike many park homes, caravans and prefabs.

Norwegian Log has been producing traditionally styled solid log buildings for many years but this is its first contemporary and transportable product range to be built in the UK.

Nick Forrester, managing director at Norwegian Log Buildings, said: “We’ve got more than 30 years’ experience of supplying traditional cabins to the holiday industry, and log homes as accommodation for staff and family to landowners and farms. Our new Inovar range is aimed at customers who want a more modern style of home and we’re delighted to be able to launch it.”

Wheatley Farm Shop

Dave and Carol Parker had two special reasons to celebrate this year – the 30th anniversary of their well-known Oxfordshire farm shop and the delivery of the very first British-made Inovar transportable home as their ‘forever home’.

The Parkers run Wheatley Farm Shop on the outskirts of Oxford and are settling into their unique, contemporary Inovar home, the first of its kind in the UK. Nestled between the farm shop’s barns and neighbouring field, the eco-friendly solid log building fits perfectly within its semi-rural surroundings.

With an eye-catching glass frontage, the home boasts a large open plan living area with wood burning stove, modern sleek kitchen, sophisticated master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and shower room, bathroom and utility/boot room. Large bi-fold doors lead out onto a glass-fronted deck area, a perfect spot for watching the wildlife in the surrounding fields.

“Our farm shop is constructed from wood and so we already knew how well insulated these natural buildings are and how well they perform. We did think initially about a bricks and mortar house, but quickly realised that a log home would give us the building we wanted without having to compromise on our lifestyle, so a win, win,” said Carol. “Another reason we wanted to opt for a log building was to tie in with the other buildings on the site, our shop and barns.”

Their home marks a new chapter in the farm shop’s history. Started by her parents, Hazel and Wally Boater, 30 years ago as a market garden selling home-grown produce, the popular business now boasts a coffee shop, garden centre, and animal feed and pet food barn. Dave and Carol are here to stay. “We’ve made sure our new home has been designed for the future so we’ve included a walk-in shower, no steps and we can easily install access ramps. It’s our forever home!” she added.

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