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Why Use Timber Frame?

DESIGN FLEXIBILITY

By choosing to build a timber frame home, you’re selecting a robust, modern, sustainable construction method that is comparable with all other forms of traditional house construction.

Thanks to the unbelievable versatility of timber as a building material, coupled with the precision timber engineering involved in the production of our timber frame components, the only restriction you’ll have, is how far your imagination can take you.

Your brand new timber home could be anything from a modest one bedroomed bungalow, to a twelve bedroom, state of the art, open-plan contemporary multi-storey dwelling.  The choice is yours!

Future flexibility is also of real benefit when choosing timber frame. As the years go by, our families increase and decrease in size, and we tend to accumulate far more stuff than we can comfortably store. And at some stage, you might consider building new walls, knocking old ones down, or even expanding outwards or upwards.

Whatever your future change requirements, we can pretty much guarantee that they will be simpler, quicker, less intrusive, and usually a lot less messy with a timber home than one built using traditional bricks and mortar.

SPEED OF CONSTRUCTION

On average, the construction of a timber frame house is around 30-35% faster than traditional brick and block.

The whole structure is supplied to site within a pre-determined time-frame with all joists, floor cassettes, inner leaves, internal partitions and the roof arriving at exactly the time it’s needed. This in itself helps to speed up construction schedules and reduces the need for excessive onsite storage leading to a less cluttered and safer working environment.

And since the bulk of the construction process is carried out off-site under factory conditions, the whole structure can often be made water-tight in less than five days.

This is music to the ears of any developer or homeowner who needs to erect their structural shell in poor weather conditions.

Another benefit of timber frame construction is that other trades can do their jobs at an earlier and more predictable time frame. First and secondary plumbing and electrical fixings can be made inside the property, in a relatively clean environment, at the same time that a skin of brick or other cladding is applied to the external façade.

THERMAL EFFICIENCY

Timber frame homes are often highly insulated. And because of the natural low thermal mass of timber as a material, rooms in the home heat up very quickly, which inevitably mean they cost less to run in winter. In the same instance, the insulation keeps them cool and comfortable to live in during the summer months.

The main structure of a timber framed house consists of evenly spaced studs, encased in a sheathing board, which form a hollow inner cavity. This cavity, which helps to prevent thermal bridging and interstitial condensation, can then be filled with as much insulation as is required, creating a thermal ‘jacket’ for the home.

The type and thickness of insulation used will be entirely dependent on the u-value required, the climatic zone in which the property is being built as well as adherence to current building regulations.

Timber frame construction easily achieves the required standards for the Code for Sustainable Homes and scores highly on the scales for environmental impact of materials, responsible sourcing, construction waste reduction, airtightness, sound insulation and the lifetime homes plan.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SYMPATHETIC

It’s no surprise that timber is rapidly becoming more and more popular with architects and developers. It’s fair to say that in recent years timber has become the ‘go-to’ material in contemporary architecture.

Over 70% of people in the developed world live in timber-framed housing. In the US and Canada, approximately 90% of low-rise buildings are constructed from timber frame. Why? …

  • Timber is organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable when sourced from sustainable forests (as ours is)!
  • It has the lowest CO2 impact of any commercially available building material since trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon is sealed within the material when used for construction purposes.
  • For every cubic meter of timber used instead of other building materials, 0.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide is saved from entering the atmosphere. So the more timber you use, the lower your carbon footprint will be.
  • The embodied energy cost of timber frame sourcing, manufacture and installation is significantly lower than that of traditional masonry construction. And because it’s relatively lightweight, less energy is used when transporting materials.
  • All waste and ‘end of life’ timber is completely recyclable.
  • From a landscaping point of view, because less storage space is needed on site and fewer vehicle drop offs are required, surrounding trees and greenery need not be disturbed to facilitate the build, meaning that final landscaping can often just be superficial.

DIMENSIONAL ACCURACY

Due to the levels of precision engineering we go to, and the fact that the bulk of our manufacturing is carried out under factory controlled conditions, there are much fewer margins of error in the whole construction process.

And since the timber frame acts as a template of sorts, there is no need for any on-site measuring since all walls are vertical, floor spaces are dimensionally accurate, and door and window apertures will have already been predetermined at the design stage.

This level of accuracy also makes the job of fitting doors, windows and fitted furniture much quicker and simpler.

COMBAT POOR GROUND CONDITIONS

Timber frame building systems can be particularly suited to brownfield sites (i.e. those that have poor soil or land stability condition) since the building works can be kept comparatively lightweight when compared to traditional methods.

EXTERNAL FAÇADES & DECORATIVE FEATURES

All of our timber frame homes can be externally clad using a range of materials to suit your taste and budget. Choose from options such as:

  • Oak, cedar or fir cladding
  • Featheredge
  • Weatherboard
  • Silicone / acrylic render
  • Traditional render
  • Brick/stone slips

Internally, beautiful features can be incorporated into the overall design, such as visible trusses and chamber beams, which will give your house that warm, homely timber-built feel.

COST SAVINGS

Since the cost of timber frame construction is far less than bricks and mortar, it is by far the fastest-growing non- traditional building system in the UK.

  • On average, timber frame requires 25% fewer on-site labour days, which allows for a significantly faster construction period overall – often up to 30% faster than conventional building methods.
  • Timber frame walls are not as deep as brick and block walls, so you stand to gain approximately one square meter of internal floor space for every seven linear meters of external wall. Now that’s more for your money!
  • You’ll have a greater control over the construction process and therefore your budget.
  • There is less material wastage due to dimensional design accuracy.
  • For larger developments, since the build programmes can be expedited – a higher level of turnover can be achieved.