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Why Choose A Timber Frame For Your Self-Build?

Updated on: January 15, 2013

Taking on a self-build project results in a home that has been designed solely for your requirements and personality. Everything, from the number and size of rooms, through to the positioning of the windows is chosen with your needs in mind. Each build is truly bespoke, allowing you to create a home that is designed to suit you and your lifestyle.

One of the major reasons people take on a self-build project is a financial one. Even within the current economic climate, the self-build industry has tended to see year on year growth, and this is largely due to the fact a typical self-build house can be worth around 25-30% more than the actual cost of the build.

Add to this the opportunity to incorporate cutting edge and labour saving technology into your home, at a much lower cost than you might expect, and you can see why building your own home from scratch is such an attractive proposition.

Why choose timber frame?

There are a vast number of reasons as to why timber frame is an ideal method of construction for your self-build home, with just some of the main ones being highlighted below:

The Environment and Zero Carbon:

With the Government pushing for the building industry to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions caused by development, the pressure to become more environmentally aware is ever increasing. Timber frame has the lowest CO2 cost of any commercially available building material. For every cubic meter of wood used, instead of other materials, 0.8 tonnes of CO2 is saved from the atmosphere.

All of the timber used by Kestrel Timber Frame is from sustainable sources, coming from managed coniferous forests of Scandinavia and North America, where more trees are planted than are cut down. We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and have just recently being awarded FSC and PEFC accreditation.

The UKTFAs Fabric First initiative highlights the benefit of using timber frame as the core fabric of a building in order to achieve higher levels in the Code For Sustainable Homes.

Cost:

Whilst there is little difference in material costs alone when comparing traditional and timber frame builds, there are many other factors that need to be taken in to account when doing a cost comparison.

  • Speed of construction means a quicker return on investment.
  • The lightweight structure means foundations do not need to go so deep, saving time and money. Often less load bearing walls are required.
  • The dry construction method results in reduced plaster shrinkage and therefore eliminates cracking of plasterboard.
  • A timber frame project allows for more accurate budgeting.

The finished building is a highly insulated, accurately manufactured structure, resulting in savings in energy consumption over the lifetime of the build.

Thermal Efficiency:

Timber frame buildings far exceed those built using traditional materials when it comes to thermal efficiency, and go way beyond Building Regulation requirements, all achieved without any filling of the cavity and the prospective problems associated with this.

A U value is the measurement of the rate at which heat will flow across a material. The lower the U value, the more effective an insulating material it is. Current Building Regulations stipulate a minimum U value of 0.3. Here at Kestrel Timber Frame we are achieving U values of 0.1 or whatever the client requirement.

Speed of Construction:

With a timber frame structure a typical time saving of around 30% for a 2-storey house can be achieved, significantly lowering the risk of poor weather conditions affecting construction time. The fast erection time is due to a substantial amount of construction taking place offsite in our purpose built factory. This then allows follow on trades to access site much quicker resulting in a fast build phase.

Design Flexibility:

Timber frame systems can be designed and adapted for use on all types of structures and transported for erection on restricted sites. Modular components are easy to transport whilst our prefabricated panels offer strict quality control and fewer post erection quality problems. Timber frame structures can accommodate a wide range of external finishes and claddings, easy installation of services and are easy to customise and extend.

Prefabricated:

Our timber frame is manufactured off-site in our purpose build factory under strict quality controls which results in a higher quality product that is easier to erect.

Why trust Kestrel Timber Frame with your self-build project?

Kestrel Timber Frame has worked with the self-builder since it was established in the Mid 2000s, building timber frame homes to the specification of the client and enabling them to achieve their dream property.

With over 2500 timber frame homes behind us, we feel more than qualified to offer you our knowledge and expertise when you decide to take on your own self build project.


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