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Imagine a life free of allergens and air impurities. No cases of flu, headaches or stress-related illnesses. And the best part; a happy family in tip-top shape.

How is this possible? One research study revealed that wood has moisture safety and purifying qualities. It also has positive psychological effects. This study inspired the building of children’s hospital using log. The idea was for patients to help patients benefit from the aesthetically charming and relaxing nature of wood.

As the more of the human population ages, the demand for log-built structures continues to increase. Could there be a link between the health benefits of log houses and this trend? Log houses have obviously come back in more modern and sophisticated designs. And with the increase in conscious healthy living, log houses have come to stay. Seasoned architects and construction engineers will tell you this.

Driven by curiosity, I conducted a deeper investigation to see if there were more health benefits of that could be derived from living in a log house. Here are five facts that point to the healthiness of log houses.

1.    Air Purifying Quality

The wood material has many air purifying qualities. Log structures store carbons and control humidity. This guarantees improved air circulation and reduce the need for air purifiers, HEPA filters, and de-humidifiers. Solid wood walls trap and release moisture in a regulatory manner. This quality of wood guarantees that overall indoor air quality is more pleasant and healthier.

If you live in areas polluted by allergens and other air impurities, living in a log house may improve your respiratory health. A survey showed that allergic and asthmatic symptoms reduced remarkably when they inhabited log structures.

In Finland, the media coverage of mold-ridden ridden houses caused an outrage. Concerned for their respiratory health, many citizens began to opt for healthier home choices like log houses, log cabins, offices and even daycare centers.

2.    Aesthetically-soothing and Relaxing Qualities

Nature is remarkably beautiful. Its aesthetic value is priceless. What construction material better epitomizes nature than wood?

Inspired by a research study, a neurological hospital and a children’s clinic were constructed from wood in Japan. Similarly, the administrators of the crèche in France opted for a log-built daycare to enable them to provide a healthy environment that will promote the growth of the children.  It’s likely they considered the aesthetic qualities of wood.

People who live in wood structures are less likely suffer from stress-related illnesses. Wellness experts have backed this claim with research studies that praised the calming qualities of nature-inspired buildings. Everyone wants to live in a house that promotes the both physical and mental health.  Log houses are definitely a good choice when struggling with depression and anxiety.

3.    Naturally Energy Efficient

Log houses possess magical insulating and cooling properties that older rock houses tend to have. Temperature is easier to regulate. In extremely wintery climes, the walls are made warmer by fiber insulators or the green insulating alternatives like sheep’s wool.

This is another health benefit many holiday companies present when marketing holiday villages and hotels. Even when it is oh so cold outside, a well-built log house will remain warm with minimal heating.

4.    Eco-friendly

Log houses are green and eco-friendly. Unlike brick structures, logs are renewable and have much less impact on surrounding water and land. People who live in greener environments are healthier and happier than people who don’t live in carbon-polluted spaces

Holiday villages populated by responsibly-sourced wood structures surrounded by safe and healthier water bodies. The cleaner the lakes and rivers, the safer the fish are for eating. Swimming trips in eco-friendly climes are safer and healthier.

Eco-travelers prefer log-built restaurants not only for the calm they enjoy but for the tranquil color schemes modern architectural wood designs often have.

There’s no better way to go green than to live in a log house. Preserve the environment. Take care of nature and it will take care of you.

5.    Its Luxurious and Rich Feel

Many members of the world’s aging population prefer to live in log houses for all the aforementioned reasons and more. Eco-friendliness, natural energy efficiency, serenity, and aesthetics are good health reasons to prefer a log structure. In fact, care homes are often constructed with logs.

Elderly people enjoy the authentically rich and luxurious ambiance of modern log houses. The perfect residential experience they enjoy improves their mental health as it improves their happiness levels.

The durability of solid wood structures means they have less to worry about in terms of home repairs. What better way to increase longevity and improve healthy living.

Geriatric doctors encourage their patients to live in log houses so that they benefit from the unique qualities of wood. In a survey conducted in Finland, many homeowners reported that their health and wellness improved remarkably when they began living in log houses.

It’s encouraging not to have to worry about the side effects of all the unnatural materials used in home constructions. Hardwood walls prevent the growth of mold which defaces walls and ruin the health of its inhabitants.

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This article was first published on 24th April 2017 and updated on April 27th, 2017 at 5:35 pm


Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam writes creative non-fiction and prose fiction. Her works have appeared in Romance Meets Life, Flash Fiction Press, MTLS, Saraba Magazine, Sentinel Magazine and others. Her first novel is 'Finding Love Again'. She owns and manages

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  • I never took into account that wood actually had positive psychological benefits, such as helping people to relax. One of my friends was feeling rather anxious the other day, so perhaps visiting a log cabin may help him feel better. I’ll share this article with him, so that he can see how beneficial wooden structures are.

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