Modern log houses built on centuries of tradition
Honka was founded in 1958 in Eastern Finland when five brothers became interested in building houses. In the 1960s, Honka’s founders launched a revolutionary invention, an automated process for manufacturing log houses, which had previously been made mainly by hand and in small quantities.
The invention was simple, brilliant and based on the gearbox of a Zetor tractor. It also made it possible to work the surface of the wood to create different styles. In 1962, the factory made the first industrially produced log house in the world. Honka’s idea of selling ready-made houses as kits was so brilliant, and the architectural drawings and instructions so precise and convenient, that soon the company was dispatching its wooden houses to all corners of Finland.
Growing to an international business
Gradually, Honka’s product range and production capacity grew, and in just a few short years Honka became Finland’s leading producer of genuine log houses. Of course, this wasn’t enough for the ambitious band of brothers, who already had their sights set on conquering the export market. Honka exported its first house to Great Britain in 1968. In 1972, Honka supplied 250 houses to Japan, marking the proper beginning of its international business endeavours.
In order to help finance the company’s expansion, Honka became a publicly-traded company and was listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange in 1987.
When it comes to developing our production and quality, we’re just as passionate today as we’ve always been. Being an industry pioneer isn’t something you achieve once; it has to be earned time and time again.
– Marko Saarelainen, CEO
Throughout its history, Honka has always led the industry in product development, creating countless innovations, patents and protected designs. Today, Honka is the most experienced log house manufacturer in the world and an expert in healthy and safe construction. In fact, we’ve helped over 85,000 people make their dream of living in a safe, natural and healthy Honka home a reality.