These 8 Log Cabin Kit Homes Celebrate Nordic Minimalism

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Inspired by Nordic nature, Honka offers prefabs and custom-built log home kits at an affordable price.

Founded in 1958 by the Finnish Saarelainen brothers in Eastern Finland, Honka—known as Honkarakenne in Finland—was the first industrial manufacturer of log houses. Today, the pioneer brand has built almost 85,000 houses across the globe, including a quaint Scottish retreat for the Queen of England in 1969. 

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Exterior of a Honka kit home.

Exterior of a Honka kit home.

Using PEFC certification Pinus Silvestris pine wood—an exceptionally hard and durable variety that grows wild in the country—from sustainable Finnish forests, Honka log homes are able to withstand various changing temperatures and humidity levels, with little to no cracking.

The living room of Ink, a Honka Fusion home furnished by interior designer Jonna Kivilahti.

The living room of Ink, a Honka Fusion home furnished by interior designer Jonna Kivilahti.

Available in Europe, Asia, and North America, Honka offers a diverse range of home models in a wide range of sizes and configurations, which can be made with both settling and non-settling logs. 

The brand also carries Honka Fusion models, which can be more easily combined with other architectural construction materials, and are very suitable for compact urban settings.

The exterior of Kide, a sauna cabin in the west coast of Finland.

The exterior of Kide, a sauna cabin in the west coast of Finland.

Below, we've rounded up eight contemporary Honka models that have been built in Finland and exude plenty of nature-inspired, Nordic allure. 

This Honka model (called Kommodori) was used for this seaside setting.

This Honka model (called Kommodori) was used for this seaside setting.

This house has a sauna and four bedrooms, including a master bedroom on the second level that looks down onto the lake.

This house has a sauna and four bedrooms, including a master bedroom on the second level that looks down onto the lake.

Furnished by interior designer Jonna Kivilahti, the compact, two-story detached Honka Fusion home near Lake Saimaa in Mikkeli, Finland, was inspired by the traditional steeped roof cottages of Denmark.

Furnished by interior designer Jonna Kivilahti, the compact, two-story detached Honka Fusion home near Lake Saimaa in Mikkeli, Finland, was inspired by the traditional steeped roof cottages of Denmark.

2. Kide

Located on the country's west coast, this wilderness sauna cabin was built with square logs that are four inches thick, and has a 1,028-square-foot outdoor terrace.

Located on the country's west coast, this wilderness sauna cabin was built with square logs that are four inches thick, and has a 1,028-square-foot outdoor terrace.

The solar panels on this mono-pitch roof generate sufficient energy for nine months of the year.

The solar panels on this mono-pitch roof generate sufficient energy for nine months of the year.

The expansive windows in this Kippari model are ideal for framing beautiful natural sceneries.

The expansive windows in this Kippari model are ideal for framing beautiful natural sceneries.

The model also has vaulted ceilings and a glass-encased outdoor area with a large overhanging roof.

The model also has vaulted ceilings and a glass-encased outdoor area with a large overhanging roof.

4. Lokki

Winner of the 2011 Log House of the Year Award, the 1,206-square-meter Lokki—which was designed by architect Kari Lappalainen and furnished by interior designer Hanni Koroma—has an inverted roof inspired by seagull wings.

Winner of the 2011 Log House of the Year Award, the 1,206-square-meter Lokki—which was designed by architect Kari Lappalainen and furnished by interior designer Hanni Koroma—has an inverted roof inspired by seagull wings.

The simple interior decor and natural materials, such as wood and stone, help this holiday home harmonize with its environment.

The simple interior decor and natural materials, such as wood and stone, help this holiday home harmonize with its environment.

5. Saari

Designed by architect and experienced sailor Kari Leppänen, Honka’s Saari villa has wide eaves that provide shade and wind protection for the outdoor patio.

Designed by architect and experienced sailor Kari Leppänen, Honka’s Saari villa has wide eaves that provide shade and wind protection for the outdoor patio.

The interior is outfitted in light colors to assist with reflecting the sunlight that streams in through the large windows.

The interior is outfitted in light colors to assist with reflecting the sunlight that streams in through the large windows.

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Located on a rocky seaside plot in Inkoo, this family home designed by architect Katja Jämsä was built with non-settling laminated timber, and includes large glass windows and doors.

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Designed with a lean-to roof, the house is composed of two volumes of different heights that are conjoined at a slight angle to form an arc.

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8. Vista

Designed by architect Tanja Rytkönen, Vista is a compact log home with a high pitched roof, and houses a fully glazed façade.

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The kitchen and living areas are located at the front, where the glazed façade allows more light penetration, while the bedrooms, bathroom, and sauna are located at in the back of the house.

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To learn more information about these log homes, visit the Honka website here.