Time is money – how fast can you build?

The old saying “Time is money” is true and has been proven over and over. Our company vision at Trappeur Homes is to supply energy efficient, healthy and mold free prefabricated quality homes which can be build fast and efficient from the foundation walls to the lockup stage. Our packages (from the sub-floor up include […]

What does “Green” mean to you?

We have return home from the 2013 Green Building Conference which was held in Kimberley, BC. This was a 2 day conference/expo with some very interesting workshops and exhibitors. We started setting up our display earlier then anyone else due the simple fact of the size of our display wall. We feel it is definitely […]

Is “R-value” all you need to look at in order to get a high energy efficient house?

The biggest trend in construction right now is designing and building highly efficient homes or even a “Passive House” to reduce our ecological footprint. Most people understand a highly efficient home to simply have the highest R-value materials for insulation. This is not really true. As an example, a “Passive House” (considered the gold standard […]

Comparing costs

How much does it cost ? Is a common question after people see a Bondu/TrappeurHomes Dovetail log home. Some people will compare us with the “Timber Kings” Log Home TV show, and put Trappeur Homes into the same price bracket, which is not comparable, as the they are completely different. A traditional log home involves […]

Turn your metal roof into a solar collector

I have been at a workshop with Prof. Tang Lee (professor at the the University of Calgary, a AAA architect and solar technology specialist) at the “Green Building” conference in Kimberly and learned a lot about how easy and simple it is to collect and use/store solar energy. The most important experience and lesson Mr. Lee shared with […]

Open Wall or “Breathable” wall

What is an “Open or Breathable” Wall System? Breathing Walls offers practical alternatives to conventional modern building practices that keep homes airtight. Walls built today are energy-efficient but cannot handle the inevitable intrusion of moisture, resulting in mold, ill health for occupants and structural damage. Instead of “build tight, ventilate right,” we say make your […]

Trappeur Homes are not as costly as they appear

  After showing off all the benefits of the Bondu dovetail log wall system, the next question is how much all this will cost. In short, if you compare apples to apples, our wall system (bear in mind that walls are only a small percentage of the whole construction) will cost about 15% more then […]

TrappeurHomes log wall insulation

The Bondu Logs are air dried for a minimum of two years before they are milled. This creates two huge benefits. First any bad checks, pitch or other defects can be graded out of the logs before final milling. Secondly and the key to our whole wall system is dry logs don’t shrink or settle […]