Our main areas of activity at Nordic Houses are the design, production and construction of timber-frame buildings. We’ve been operating over 18 years, and in that time we’ve grown into a group of companies whose collective aim is to promote, all along the value chain, a way of living in your own home that brings you enjoyment of life. Our biggest clients are distributers, developers and construction companies in the Nordic countries and Central Europe.
The companies in our group are Nordic Houses KT OÜ in Estonia and Buen Gruppen AS, Nurban AS and NH Norge AS in Norway. Buen Gruppen includes Norwegian resellers and markets the Buen mountain cabin brand in Norway. Nine resellers in total operate under the Buen Gruppen name, including one on the Swedish market.
World-renowned architect Louis Isadore Kahn, who has Estonian roots, once said: “Don’t build buildings – design ways of living”. That’s our way of thinking, too: a building is a means to an end; the end itself is the benefit people get from the building, which is to say the enjoyment of life it brings them. And that’s why our overall objective is to promote a way of living in your own home that brings you that enjoyment of life.
We believe in:
The innovative technology of the Nordic countries;
Nordic nature, which provides the best possible materials;
the Nordic aesthetic.
We take timber and turn it into buildings
Our task is to turn the visions provided as input by architects into actual timber buildings. In fulfilling that role it’s important to us that we follow certain principles.
WE TAKE THE INITIATIVE – The challenge for Nordic Houses is to drive the creation of value all along the value chain. To do this, we need to take the initiative and make sure we’re agreed on how we’ll work together down the value chain.
WE DARE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY – Long gone are the days when being a decent carpenter was the only qualification required to build a timber house. You not only have to keep pace with change, but be the ones making them.
YOU CAN COUNT ON US – Sticking to the promises we make is important to us. In order for us to be able to do that, we have to get things right, we have to be trustworthy and we have to keep our word.
Based on responsible approach and standardised solutions combined with the latest technology, the aim is to offer clients ‘‘more time for living’’.
The story behind our logo
In coming up with the Nordic Houses logo we gave a lot of thought to where we come from, what we do and what we value. The form of the logo conveys a number of messages we advocate and want to pass on:
the image of the swan from ancient Norwegian granite drawings – the waterbird of the North;
technology and precision tools processing natural, high-quality timber;
the roof of a house with a chimney – the covering of a home; and
N for ‘north’, the needle-point of the compass, and the mountainous landscape of the Nordic countries.
How it all began
“Good ideas will make something of themselves” – that was the belief with which Argo Saul laid the foundations for the success of his company. The story of Argo and his timber houses dates back to 1997 when he started working in Norway. A player in the sales and consultation sector, he noted the popularity of environmentally friendly timber houses in the homeland of the fjord. Five years later he met the grand old man of recreational housing, Asbjørn Buen, whose main area of interest was merging the timber house construction resources of Norway and Estonia. The undertaking the men pioneered and their shared vision led to the creation of a successful joint company between the two countries. The first production unit manufacturing Nordic Houses’ pre-fab timber buildings was established just two weeks after the men met. One good idea really had made something of itself! The first contract between Argo and Asbjørn was signed on a napkin.
ETA (European Technical Approval) certificate – ETA -11/0205. This certificate was issued by SINTEF (Selskapet for Industriell og Teknisk Forskning ved Norges tekniske høgskole), the biggest independent institute for industrial and technological studies in the Nordic countries. Products certified by SINTEF meet all valid European technical requirements and guarantee clients the reliability of a certified company.
ISO – The ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certificates issued to us by DNV Certification is valid in the fields of design, production, sales and assembly of timber-frame buildings.