Timber frame homes and extensions are increasingly more and more popular with self-builders, construction companies and developers for both residential and commercial properties. Timber frame boasts quality in off-site fabrication and speed of assembly on site, all whilst reducing the on-site build costs and time.
The reasoning for the popularity of using timber frame over other construction methods is clear to see;
- Versatility of design – Huge variety of designs from traditional to ultra-contemporary are available. Timber frame lends itself well to spacious open plan design. Timber beams can be left exposed for special features and traditional character, as required. Bespoke U-values may also be specified to suit your own usage. Their light-weight structures and flexible design features allow them to suit any extension project, whether it be a new first, second or even third floor, or a simple single storey ground floor extension.
- Speed of construction – Speedy off-site manufacturing within a controlled factory environment reduces the risk of delay due to bad weather and the reliance on individuals associated with on-site construction methods. The long drying out period associated with ‘wet’ construction is reduced considerably. In a matter of days from the panels, floor joists and roof trusses arriving on site, the structure will be complete and ready for external finishes.
- Thermally efficient and environmentally friendly – Timber frame pre-fabricated panels are built to high standards of thermal insulation and air tightness achieving very low U Values as well as further reducing cold bridging if specification dictated. The whole structure requires less energy and is therefore cheaper to run. All the timber used in our structures are from FSC certified (fsc-uk.org/en-uk) sources meaning it is carbon neutral and a sustainable resource. Vision are also PEFC certified (www.pefc.org) meaning timber frame is by far the most eco-friendly construction method.
- Reduces overall build costs – Using timber frame for your construction will mean for easy and accurate project budgeting. Factory fabrication enables costs to be controlled and fixed which in turn permits fixed prices with no hidden surprises or extras as the construction progresses. Due to the accurate timescales for manufacture and delivery, trades following the timber frame structure can be booked in to follow in close succession and even internal works can commence whilst external finish (whether brickwork, clad, tiled or rendered) is completed meaning no down periods or waiting times. Not forgetting the savings made with heating costs!
Timber frame is a fully engineered, quality assured building method for which financing and mortgages are now readily available. If you need any further reasons why to choose timber frame, take a look at some of the beautiful homes we’ve built for our Clients as well as our own developments.