Modernbuild are specialists in timber homes, having built more than 25 in the Algarve over 15 years.
There is nothing more pleasing and relaxing than the natural ambience of a wooden home. Fast to build and highly cost-effective, a wooden home is assembled on-site from pre-prepared components designed to your specification.
The interior environment of a woden home is second-to-none. Neither hot in summer nor cold in winter, wood provides a balanced indoor climate that achieves substantial energy savings compared to conventional brick and concrete buildings. Wood’s ability to ‘breathe’ also provides optimum air moisture balance, preventing damp and mould for a healthy, comfortable home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How quickly can a wooden house be built?
A: On average 60% faster than traditional construction – a very significant saving on labour-costs.
Q: Do you offer more than just standard models, i.e. can they be personalised?
A: Yes! We build bespoke timber homes, tailored to your needs and specifications.
Q: Does a wooden house require much maintenance?
A: Depending on exposure to sun, a typical house needs to be treated every 3-5 years, much as most homes require painting. This is economical and gives enduring benefits: with appropriate maintenance a wooden house can last indefinitely. Many centuries-old wooden buildings are still standing – and they did not have the benefit of today’s specially-treated wood.
Q: Do you use ecologically produced wood?
A: Yes, the wood comes from controlled forests. We use environmentally-certified wood suppliers (Certificate ISO 140001 / Environmental Management System) which plant two new trees for every one felled.
Q: What kind of wood do you use?
A: Mostly spruce, from the forests of northern Sweden and Finland. These trees grow slowly in the cold climate, making their wood very dense and resistant.
Q: Can other materials be incorporated in a wooden house?
A: Yes. Internal walls can be fitted with plasterboard, stone or tiles, to look exactly the same as a conventionally-built home. If wooden floors are not to your taste, they can be of stone, tiles or cork.
Q: Is it a problem fixing kitchen units etc. onto plasterboards?
A: No. We use fibre-reinforced plasterboard which can take radiators, cupboards and shelves without special screws or reinforcement. This is also resistant to flame, splashes and knocks.
Q:What about the risk of fire?
A: Surprisingly, in comparison with traditional building materials, wood behaves much better in fire. Concrete, for example, will crack and collapse under extreme heat. With wood, the charcoal generated by combustion forms a natural insulating layer during a fire, which protects the wood from becoming even hotter, and its load-bearing capability is almost fully retained.
Q: Is it true that wooden homes are more healthy to live in?
A: Definitely! Because wood ‘breathes’, it allows a continuous flow of fresh air through its pores, preventing humidity and mould. Far less dust is also produced, so that those suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems feel a real benefit living in a wooden home.
Q: Can you provide a price from my existing architect’s plans?
A: Yes, we can provide a budget cost or fixed-price quotation.