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Wooden house prices: which wood to choose?

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How to calculate the price of your wooden house? Whether for the construction or for the cladding of your wooden house, the species chosen is very important. Because it can have important consequences on the insulation, the aesthetic aspect but also the price of your wooden house. SIC houses, builder of wooden houses in the South West for more than 50 years, presents the different types of wood for the construction of a wooden house. 

 

Exterior cladding of your house: which wood to choose, for what price? 

If you are considering building a wooden house, you may be wondering which types of wood are best suited to your project and at what price.

 

Douglas fir, for an economical and sustainable wood

Douglas fir is a very popular species of wood for building wooden houses. It is durable, weather and insect resistant, and has a lovely rosy hue. 

The price of Douglas fir varies between €25 and €40 per square meter depending on its thickness and quality.

 

Larch, for an aesthetic and resistant wood

Larch is a softwood species highly prized for its natural beauty and durability. It is particularly water resistant, making it an ideal choice for exterior cladding. 

The price of larch varies between 40€ and 70€ per square meter depending on its thickness and quality.

 

Red cedar, for high-end wood

Red cedar is a high-end wood species, used for the siding of luxury homes. It has a beautiful reddish tint and a fine and regular texture. Red cedar is naturally rot and insect resistant, making it a durable and eco-friendly choice. 

The price of red cedar varies between 70€ and 120€ per square meter depending on its thickness and quality.

 

Scots pine, for an economical and light wood

Scots pine is an economical and easy-to-work wood species, making it a popular choice for building wooden houses. It has a beautiful blonde color and a slightly ribbed texture. 

Although not as durable as other wood species, Scots pine can be treated to resist insects and weather. The price of Scots pine varies between €20 and €35 ​​per square meter depending on its thickness and quality.

 

Larch, for an aesthetic and resistant wood

Larch is a softwood species highly prized for its natural beauty and durability. It is particularly water resistant, making it an ideal choice for exterior cladding. 

Larch has a color ranging from light brown to dark red, with a fine and regular texture. The price of larch varies between 40€ and 70€ per square meter depending on its thickness and quality.

 

Spruce, for an economical and light wood

Spruce is an economical, light and easy to work wood species. It is often used for the construction of chalets and mountain wooden houses. Spruce has a light color and a smooth, even texture. Although not as durable as other wood species, it can be treated to resist insects and weather. The price of spruce varies between €15 and €25 per square meter depending on its thickness and quality.

 

In conclusion, here is a summary table of timber cladding prices

 

Wood essence Benefits Drawbacks Average price per square meter (in euros)
Douglas Economical, durable, weather and insect resistant, beautiful rosy tint. May have knots, less resistant than other wood species. € 25 - € 40
Larch Aesthetic, water resistant and durable, beautiful shade ranging from light brown to dark red, fine texture. Costs more than some other wood species. € 40 - € 70
red cedar Top of the range, beautiful reddish tint, fine and regular texture, resistant to rot and insects. Costs more than other wood species, may require treatment to preserve color. € 70 - € 120
Scots pine Economical, easy to work with, beautiful blond color, slightly ribbed texture. Less durable than other wood species, often requires treatment to resist weathering. € 20 - € 35
Spruce Economical, lightweight, easy to work with, light color and smooth, even texture. Less durable than other wood species, often requires treatment to resist weathering. € 15 - € 25

 

Prices for building a wooden house: oak, a robust wood

House model 2024 Marbella Wood 154m²

Oak, considered one of the strongest woods, is a popular option for wooden houses. Oak is a hard and dense wood that is able to withstand harsh weather conditions and has a long lifespan.

By using oak for the construction of your wooden house, you can expect higher cost due to its higher quality. However, it is worth it in the long run because oak is a durable wood that requires little maintenance. 

 

The cost of building a wooden house with oak varies depending on the size of the house, the quality of the wood, the design and the geographical location. In general, the cost of a wooden house with oak can vary between 2000€ and 4000€ per square meter.

Although it can be more expensive than other types of wood, oak is a popular choice for wooden homes due to its strength and durability. Wooden houses built with oak are also more resistant to fires, insects and fungi. Additionally, oak can also provide superior thermal and acoustic insulation, which can lower your heating and cooling costs.

 

Cost of a wooden house: spruce / fir, for a durable structure

Spruce and fir are two types of wood commonly used for wooden houses. They are valued for their ease of handling and weather resistance.

The cost of building a wooden house with spruce or fir is usually lower than other types of wood such as oak. The cost varies depending on the size of the house, the quality of the wood, the design and the geographical location. In general, the cost of a wooden house with spruce or fir can vary between 1000€ and 2000€ per square meter.

 

Although spruce and fir are less expensive than other types of wood, they are just as durable. They have a natural resistance to insects and fungi, which makes them an ideal choice for wooden houses. 

In addition, spruce and fir are light woods that are easy to work and shape, which allows for creative and original designs for your wooden house.

 

Beech: for the joinery of your wooden house

House model 2024 Pyla wood 106m²

Beech is a popular wood for the interior and exterior joinery of a wooden house. It is valued for its strength, hardness and ease of processing.

The cost of building a wooden house with beech varies depending on the size of the house, the quality of the wood, the design and the geographical location. 

In general, the cost of a wooden house with beech can vary between 1500€ and 2500€ per square meter. Although it may be more expensive than other types of wood, beech offers superior quality and a long lifespan.

 

Beech is a hardwood that can withstand harsh weather conditions and is insect and fungus resistant. This is why it is often used for exterior joinery such as doors and windows. 

If you want to take it a step further, beech can also be used for floors, stairs, furniture and closets, providing a cohesive aesthetic throughout the home.

 

Prices for your wooden house: Douglas fir and cedar, strong against bad weather

Douglas fir and cedar are used for wood home constructions due to their weather resistance and durability.

The price of building a wooden house with Douglas fir or cedar will be different depending on the size of the house, the quality of the wood, the design and the geographical location. 

 

In general, the cost of a wooden house with Douglas fir or cedar can vary between 1500€ and 2500€ per square meter. Although it may be higher than other types of wood, the price of cedar or douglas wood houses is justified: both douglas and cedar are resistant to weather, insects and fungi, which makes them an ideal choice for wooden houses. 

Douglas fir is particularly suited to exterior structures such as posts and beams, while cedar is often used for siding and shingles. These woods are also rot resistant, allowing them to last longer in wet conditions.

Build a wooden house from larch for more resistance to cold

Why choose larch for the construction of your wooden house? Larch is a tough wood that is often chosen for its ability to withstand cold and wet weather conditions. However, the cost of building a larch wooden house can be higher than other types of wood.

In general, the cost of building a larch wooden house can vary between 2500€ and 4000€ per square meter. 

 

Larch is a tough wood that can withstand cold and humid temperatures. This is why it is often chosen for wooden houses in cold climates. Larch is also resistant to insects and fungi, which guarantees a long life for your wooden house. 

And larch can also provide superior thermal insulation, which can reduce your heating and cooling costs.

However, larch can have some drawbacks. It can be harder to work with than other types of wood, which can increase the labor cost of building your log home. In addition, larch can have knots, cracks and warping which can affect the aesthetics of your wooden house.

In order to see more clearly to choose the essence of your wooden house and manage the price as well as possible, Ooreka House created a summary table.

Want to find your builder of wooden houses in the South West? Contact the Maisons SIC teams !

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