Egons Garklavs

Egons Garklavs

Ideologist of Dores Factory
Sharing knowledge and experience that comes from love for wooden architecture
Gatis Zamurs

Gatis Zamurs

Executive director of Latvian Wood Construction Cluster
Messenger of global and local trends in wooden construction and architecture
Edgars Buksans

Edgars Buksans

Latvia University of Agriculture, Forest Faculty Associate Professor,

Research and Development Institute of Forests and Wood Manufacturing (MeKa), technical laboratory manager
Teacher of practical and lost wisdom of wood, explaining science simplified
Edgars Ivanovs

Edgars Ivanovs

Developer of Riga Powerhouse
Guide to ecological lifestyle and thinking


Roofing Materials For A Wooden House

Dores 06.08.2018

Fitting in with surrounding architecture or the environment is a pre-requisite for a beautiful and harmonious house. The roof – an essential part of a house. It contributes greatly to the creation of the image of the construction and, definitely, protects from rain, scorching heat, snow and wind.


Natural cleaning products for your home

Dores 29.03.2018

The cleanliness of the place around us, leave a positive impact on human health and emotional background, therefore, we have made an article about natural cleaning products for your house! We  prepared some recommendations on how natural ingredients will help you in daily cleaning work.

Did you know that cleansers can be gentle towards your home, your beloved ones and environment?


Dores new wooden house projects!

Dores 12.03.2018

Take a look! New projects of Dores wooden houses are here! Cottages, saunas, camping houses or maybe the first, long-awaited, dwelling house?


What is Dores post and beam construction?

Dores 01.03.2018

Post and beam is a popular construction across the globe. This solution has many benefits, and by adding Dores’ values, we have started to manufacture an ecological, high-quality post and beam construction buildings with excellent heat insulation.

Windows – The Eyes of A Home

Dores 15.02.2018

The morning sun rays are so warm, clear light falls on the desk and the room is filled with a cosy sunset; this is exactly why windows are so important in the construction of a building. There is a saying that windows are the eyes of a building, thus – one of the most important parts in building construction is how you choose the most appropriate window solution for your home. This time we will have a look at the properties of wooden windows, find out why they are worth choosing, and what we can do to help them serve for up to 100 years.


Traditional Log Homes – The Story of Dores Wooden houses

Dores 06.11.2017

Traditions, man, technology, ecology – the foundation of Dores homes. Our ancestors knew the real value of wood. We decided to turn their ideas into a high quality wooden houses.

Inspiration, manufacturing and building – main three processes that is significant part of Dores log homes.


Why choose glued or solid wood constructions?

Dores 11.09.2017

Safety starts from the foundations and high-quality materials, as well as, precise glued or solid wood constructions by Dores, that will hold the entire home and last for more generations.    

Residental houses in Moscow

Dores 15.01.2016

Lets partake a chance to explore the newly realized projects in Moscow. Beautiful residental houses which can give their owners the most precious experience and value of life – sharing love and caring for each other trough out generations.    

“Lejaskukri” wooden house farmstead in north of Vidzeme

Dores Fabrika 30.07.2015

A living testimonial of destinies of people and Latvia. A story about century-old wooden house and Dores’ patented corner joint, mixed with deeply rooted family traditions, joys and sorrows; the story of the family home of one of the founders of Dores Factory, Kristaps Drone.

DORES log houses. DORES home in Turaida, Latvia.

Dores Fabrika 30.07.2015

DORES log house in a picturesque town Turaida in Latvia. A family home, finished this spring, inhabited by a lovely couple who most of all about their house love its big terrace, spacious and bright living room, sauna and a cosy kitchen where even washing dishes is a great pleasure.
Project architect: Mikus Zaķis

Wooden skyscraper: a creative ambition or a rational decision?

Gatis Zamurs 09.07.2015

 “I’ve seen people come into my buildings and hug wooden columns. I’ve never seen them hug steel or concrete columns.”

Michael Green, architect,
TED Talks.    

Wooden balance bike made by Dore’s ideologist Egons Garklāvs

Dores Factory 07.07.2015

We are proud about Dores ideologist’s and one of the owner’s Egons Garklāvs passion for wood and amazing knowledge that lets him create not only elegant houses, but a unique wooden balance bike for little racers, as well.    

Dores flying wooden house in Swiss mountains

Dores Factory 07.07.2015

The assembly of Dores most exciting project has started! Eagerly awaited, carefully planned and particularly cherished the Dore’s wooden house in Switzerland is being developed in a close cooperation with its owner engineer Max. As the house is located high in Swiss mountains, assembly becomes an adventure and the only way how to carry logs to the building site is by a helicopter. Take a look at the very begging of its assembly!    

Dores ready for Ecobuild exhibition in London!

admin 28.02.2014

We invite everyone to visit us at the Ecobuild 2014 exhibition in London from 4-6 March to take part in the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment.    

Tips how to take care of a wooden house

Edgars Buksans 30.07.2015

Wood as a material is essentially everlasting; for instance, an 800-year-old wooden church in Norway serves as a living proof. In order to ensure that this living material serves well, one must understand it and know how to take care of a wooden house. Edgars tells about longevity of wooden houses and wood finishing solutions.    

Dores Factory praised as responsible and sustainable company

Dores 28.02.2014

Dores Factory was recently the first company in Latvia to try out the new online self-assessment tool called Responsible Business Evaluation. Previously a sustainability assessment index was available only for larger companies, however, now also smaller businesses can use the tool to evaluate their level of sustainability. Dores was praised for its foresight, determination and awareness.    

Wooden skyscraper: a creative ambition or a rational decision?

Gatis Zamurs 08.07.2015

 “I’ve seen people come into my buildings and hug wooden columns. I’ve never seen them hug steel or concrete columns.”

Michael Green, architect,
TED Talks, watch the video here    

Planting forests on Dore’s birthday!

Dores Factory 25.05.2015

As of last year we have started a beautiful new tradition – planting forests on every Dore’s birthday! We aim to continue this tradition as long as there is space for young forest stands in Latvia. Have a look at this year’s celebration.    

Tips for choosing sustainable building materials

Dores Factory 25.05.2015

When building a home, future homeowners have to take a number of decisions – from choosing the materials for the construction of the building to furnishing it. Our expert on ecological lifestyle highlights what should be taken in consideration when making choices for your future home to be sure that you’ve chosen sustainable building materials.    

Discover traditions of wooden architecture in Latvia and Europe

Dores Factory 15.04.2015

The beginning of the year marked a release of a new book, “A Latvian’s home”. The author of the book, Janīna Kursīte, is well known in Latvia as a literature specialist, folklorist, linguist and a writer. Apart from being passionate about language and the written word, she is also passionate about wooden architecture and wooden houses. Since 1999 the writer has gone on many expeditions near and far; her travels have led her to homes of Latvians in Russia, Belarus and the West.    

Wooden station for the only aerial cable-way in the Baltic States

Dores Factory 18.03.2015

A Dores’ home at the most romantic and most extreme tourism object in Latvia – by the aerial cable-way in Sigulda.    

Environmentally friendly and sustainable home for the owner and the Earth alike

Edgars Ivanovs 18.03.2015

Edgars Ivanovs, a supporter of sustainable lifestyle, will broaden your horizons on building an energy-efficient home and what it means to be living in one. It soon becomes evident that an energy-efficient home is not only a beautiful and logical choice, but also a beneficial one.    

Greetings from Ecobuild in London!

Dores Factory 04.03.2015

This week from 3rd of March through 5th of March Dores Factory is taking part in Ecobuild exhibition in London. Ecobuild is the largest marketplace of sustainable and environmentally conscious design, construction and energy in Europe.    

Actions, not homes, cause fire hazard

Edgars Buksans 18.03.2015

When hearing of house fires, people automatically associate them with wooden houses. Edgars Bukšāns, the technical laboratory manager of Research and Development Institute of Forests and Wood Manufacturing (MeKa), explains how safe is wood and that the construction material makes little difference when acting recklessly.    

Scientific study concludes: wood is the warmest

Dores Factory 02.03.2015

It is two and a half years since a Dores’ home has been a part of a long-term experiment. It pleases us to see that the unique study of the wooden house shows better results than predicted by Dores’ experts and the energy efficiency indexes surpass those of other popular construction materials.    

The charm of the Land of the Rising Sun or interesting facts about houses in Japan

Dores Factory 02.03.2015

Dores Factory was exploring the east this February, taking part in “Eco House & Eco Building Expo” in Tokyo, Japan. To find out more about the importance of a home and traditions in this distant land we engaged in a conversation with the first Ambassador of Latvia in Japan Pēteris Vaivars and his wife Rina.     

Back into the woods: global construction trends show that people are returning to wooden houses

Egons Garklavs 02.03.2015

Ideologist and creator of Dores Factory Egons Garklavs tells his recent observations in global construction trends that people are returning to wooden houses.