Healthy homes made to last for generations
A global pioneer in health & ecological living
Founded by five Saaralainen brothers in 1958, Honkarakenne, with its trademark Honka, is the first industrial log home manufacturer in the world.
In close collaboration with local architects we bring visions to life, creating modern bespoke architectural homes that make bold visual statement without leaving a negative environmental impact . Our pioneering Honka Fusion™ technology allows genuine massive wood to be easily combined with other building materials, such as glass, stone and steel. The non-settling cross-laminated Honka Fusion™ log allows us to build bolder and more diverse structures than ever before. Whatever the vision, we make it real.
Comfort, happiness, health. We believe that everyone deserves the best a home can offer. A home that’s perfectly in tune with modern lifestyles and the world we live in.
Honka Log Cabin - by Royal Appointment
In 1969, a member of staff from the Royal household showed up on Finnish log home manufacturer Honkarakenne Oyj's premises in Finland, wearing a kilt and accompanied by a translator. Pointing to a magnificent Honka pine cabin, he said: 'we would love to have a cottage like this. Not as big, but with the same material and with paned windows... Her Majesty is going to love it!' And with that, the cabin was completed and delivered to Scotland the following year.
The log cabin is situated by a beautiful loch in the most protected rural location of the Balmoral Estate, a few miles from the castle grounds. In 1970 the cabin was furnished with a table, settee and chairs all made of Finnish pine.
The cosy log cabin, which has no electricity, is decorated with Iittala glass design.
It is frequently used by members of the Royal family for their own leisure.
Her majesty says that the log cabin is greatly loved haven for the Queen and Her family when they stay at Balmoral and reminds her of Finland and its lovely people.
Her Majesty referred to the purchase of the log cabin as 'the continuation of excellent relations with Finland'.
Honka Fusion™ - by design
In 2019 Hannu and Sally had designed their dream home on the Somerset Coast together with their architects Orme Architecture. They liked the idea of using timber in their construction being a more environmentally friendly material than traditional block work but they preferred the solidity of the block work.
When they found out that the pioneering Honka Fusion™ Technology which offered all the benefits of timber construction together with the solidity of the block work it was an easy decision for them to make. Coupled with the sustainable sourcing of all Honka wood together with the health and wellbeing credentials of living in a wooden house it was a no- brainer according to Hannu and Sally. The house they built has net zero carbon emissions of -0.1 tonnes and superior EPC rating of 98 out of 100 thanks to the Honka Fusion™ Technology.
Apart from getting the building watertight in a matter of weeks the house was ready to move into within 6 months from the start of the construction. This appealed greatly to Hannu and Sally as it meant savings in labour costs and reduced the associated risks at the initial stages as the construction was so fast. Hannu enjoyed project managing the house so much so that he joined the Honka UK team.
We manufacture high-quality houses from natural materials so that people can live better and feel better. Our eco-friendly, healthy houses offer durable home that promotes the whole family’s wellbeing.
What You Get
Functional homes meet the specific needs of their inhabitants. In designing our buildings in collaboration with our team of architects, we pay careful attention to the lifestyles of our clients and their individual needs.