At Vision Development, we understand that embarking on a self-build project can be both exciting and overwhelming. This is why we have compiled some of the most asked ‘How to…?’ questions on this page to address your queries and assist in directing you down the right routes to ensure your project runs smoothly.

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Due diligence is certainly important when researching your timber frame supplier, but it will be difficult for a newbie to timber frame to differentiate the quotations they receive as often they are not ‘like for like’. Vision offers fixed price quotations whereas other suppliers will provide budget quotations that have nasty hidden extras! You can read our Self Builders Guide to Timber Frame Quotations for more information or give us a call 01189 712181.

Timber frame construction is undoubtedly one of the best build options for self-builders wanting speedy build times and a stylish energy efficient home. Essentially, timber frame is prefabricated off-site in controlled factory conditions, precision engineered with most of the insulations and membranes fitted to the external wall panels to achieve the desired level of thermal performance. Open panel systems are pre-insulated, include membranes and a convenient service void which are ready for external windows & doors along with flooring elements and roof trusses. Once the frame is constructed, works can commence externally and internally to bring the structure to a weatherproof stage. Closed panel timber frame has the same insulation and membranes as the open panel system, but it has the benefit of an internal fibreboard which outperforms standard plasterboard. This saves on expensive labour costs and the overall projects timescale. The closed panel system will require the use of a crane due to the weight of the panels.

Upon deciding to self-build, you will have some design ideas or aspirations for your new home. These are of course always best to discuss with an architect, but it is also advantageous to include the timber frame supplier too as with many variables involved, the cost is sometimes influenced by the complexity of the project e.g., roof design, open plan layouts and large feature glazing sections which are best advised directly by the timber frame manufacturer. You will find our self-build cost calculator of assistance when estimating the likely costs of your self-build home. We have also written a blog article on how much does it cost to build a timber frame house.

This is of course dependant on the design of your new home and the complexity of the build, but generally the installation of a new detached timber frame home typically takes around 2-3 weeks.

With such a highly insulated timber frame structure, minimal heating is required. It is important to consider not just the timber frame structure, but your glazing choices, external wall finishes and desired U Values. You SAP assessor will advise on the recommended heating solutions for your new home that will work in harmony with the timber frame structure. Many self-builders choose to heat their new timber frame home using a renewable, low carbon system this is sustainable and offers low running costs like an air source heat pump. You can read more in our blog timber frame and renewable heating technologies.

In short, not at all. Timber frame is very versatile and not only suits several different designs, from ultra-modern to more traditional styles but it also lends itself well to a range of external finishes. Self-builders are not limited to choosing only cladding or render for their external façade, we have provided our timber frame systems for self-builders who’ve opted for brick work, tile hung and sometimes a mixture of all! You can take some inspiration from self-builders we’ve worked with on our self-build articles page.

A common misconception of timber frame is that it isn’t built to last as long as alternative construction methods, like bricks and blocks. Timber frame construction has been used for hundreds of years in the UK and all over the world. As you would with any home you build or purchase, normal maintenance to keep your home in good condition will mean your timber frame home will last for many years. Vision’s structural timber frames are all supplied with structural calculations for building control sign off. Vision are also certified to ISO 9001:2015.

Vision only uses sustainably sourced timber from PEFC certified suppliers who’s forests provide a positive contribution towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 as well as enhancing the quality of life for millions of people. Timber is naturally renewable and uses far less energy and creates minimal pollution when manufactured compared to the processing of materials such as steel or concrete. Read more on why timber frame construction is the most sustainable and energy efficient on our blog page.

Vision will work closely with you and your chosen builder to advise on any specific requirements for the timber frame including scaffolding, access, space for plant, ground conditions and programming the delivery and installation of the timber frame structure. We always advise self-builders to reach out to us in the earlier stages when the design is currently in planning stage so that we can provide advice with regards to design and structural elements, but also timescales for the design & manufacture of your new timber frame home. Often fairly small changes to your plans can result in large cost savings. Vision will always invite our customers to meet with us at our offices, discuss the quotation in detail, talk through any questions you may have and offer a tour around our factory.

If you would like to speak to us in more detail regarding the above information, or if we haven’t answered your question.

Please call us on 01189 712181 where one of our friendly team would be happy to assist.