Timber Frame residential buildings

We get a lot of interest in these homes, and with good reason.

You probably have questions that can be answered right here, so please take the time to read through this page before getting in touch with us.

I’m interested, how can I get one made?

To get your house made, we would need detailed architectural drawings and structural load calculations (which any architect would be happy to make up for you)

We would also need official written planning consent before we started making your home.

Please make sure you read the whole of this page before getting in touch.

We cannot make your home without the above. You will also need to have a building plot with full planning consent, so please only contact us if you are in this situation.

Do I need planning permission?

Yes. Any structure you plan on living in will need planning permission.

How much do they cost?

The insulation and the way they are constructed means that they greatly exceed UK building regulations. Because of this they are not cheap. They are permanent homes, and are priced as such. They work out at around £800 per square metre, including VAT, but excluding erection. Erection of the building is around a third on top of the price of the house.

An example of an 8m x 8m home (guide price of £120,000) excluding delivery and installation which is around a third of the price on top of this.

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What kind of design can I have?

The models on our website have either been made in the past, or are there to give you inspiration. You can design your home to be any way you like. ( talk to your architect about what you need ) Take a look through the gallery at the bottom of the page to see what others have made.

How are they put up?

The house will come in sections and will come with a group of skilled workers. You will need good access (as a guide, enough for a double decker bus ) and you will also need to accommodate and feed the team during their stay. You will also need to hire a small crane.

Whats included? Does it come with bathrooms?

The house does not include fixtures and fittings. All plumbing, electrics, drainage etc must be completed by a competent installer.

Here is the breakdown of how the house is made and what is and isn’t included in the price:

Construction of the house is as follows:

Exterior walls:

· Vertical larch panel 20x140mm – oiled;
· Horizontal battens 45x45mm for mounting of a vertical panel;
· Vertical battens 20x45mm c/c600 for air gap;
· Gypsum plate 9.5mm as wind barrier;
· Segments of wooden framework 45x145mm c/c600;
· KNAUF insulation 150mm – in free lengths;
· Plastic film 0.2mm – in free lengths;
· Battens 45x45mm c/c600 for cables and pipes – in free lengths;
· KNAUF insulation 50mm – in free lengths;
· 10mm chipboard only in bathroom and kitchen – in free lengths;
· 12.5mm gypsum board – in free lengths.

Inside walls:

· 12.5mm gypsum board – in free lengths;
· Segments of wooden framework 45x95mm c/c600 and for bearing walls 45x145mm c/c600;
· KNAUF insulation 100/150mm – in free lengths;
· 10mm chipboard only in bathroom and kitchen – in free lengths;
· 12.5mm gypsum board – in free lengths.

Floor:

· 22mm chipboard on top as floor base;
· Wooden framework 45x195mm c/c600;
· KNAUF insulation 200mm;
· 12mm chipboard;

Roof:

· Final roof cover – not included, supplied by the Client;
· 22mm chipboard – in free lengths;
· Battens 45x45mm c/c600 along roof rafters for air gap – in free lengths;
· Diffusion film Tyvec Pro – in rolls;
· Precut rafters 45×195+45x95mm c/c600 – in free lengths ;
· KNAUF insulation 250 mm – in free lengths;
· Plastic film 0.2mm – in free lengths;
· KNAUF insulation 50 mm – in free lengths;
· Battens 45x45mm c/c400 for pipes and cables – in free lengths;
· 12.5mm gypsum board – in free lengths.

Windows and doors:

· Windows: wooden frame windows with double glass package, European-type (inward opening, with handles), covered with transparent lacquer.
· Outside doors: simple wooden double entrance door with insulated plate (glass package window can be included) with 3-plug locks and handles, impregnated, primed and covered with transparent lacquer.
· Wooden inside doors: made glued pinewood with impregnated MDF fillings, with simple locks (without handles), primed and covered with transparent lacquer.

Additional materials included:

· Galvanized metal materials needed for segment assembling: bolts, anchoring bolts, metal plates are included.
· Boards for covering outside joints of segments, wind boards and panel boards for covering the bottom outside of the roof in free lengths, all materials painted as outside panel.
· Rain gutter system made of coated metal.

Prices does not include:

· Foundation and any concrete works;
· Chimney;
· Electricity;
· Plumber’s services;
· Ventilation;
· Final inside finish (plastering and painting);
· Tiles;
· Floor finish;
· Inside lists for ceiling, floor, windows and doors;
· Inside inlets for windows;

Price does not include transportation, erection, crane expenses during mounting of the house and any import duties.

Please note that this house can only be erected by our own team that travel with the house to your plot. They will require a few days accommodation and food.

What are they?

This is a modular prefabricated panel building, fully insulated and fully conforming with building regulations, suited to permanent residential use, holiday parks, lodge parks, park homes, second homes or holiday homes.

They are really affordable, very quick to build, long lasting, beautiful to look at, with a wide range of sizes and layouts, or can be custom designed and built, they are fully ecological, can be fully insulated, conform fully with relevant building regulations, are luxuriously comfortable, are built to the highest residential quality, look perfect with decking laid around it, and can be factory finished in a range of great looking colours.

How are they made?

They offer great value for money principally because they are prefabricated to strict quality control guidelines as panels or segments at the factory. Each panel can be prepared with the structural frame, insulation, windows, doors, internal plasterboard, and the external cladding optionally finished or painted to your choice.

The building is transported in large sections, or panels, and then quickly and easily assembled on site. This includes internal walls, roof and floor sections, and optionally decking’s and verandahs. So you benefit from quality materials, strict manufacturing control, and rapid assembly, at a highly affordable price.

The speed and ease of build is a key change and trend for park homeowners or timber frame kit homebuilders alike. Each panel is transported by lorry, and lifted into place.  Floor panels, roof panels, or a wall panel, they are bolted into place to make a waterproof structure.

Each prefabricated panel can be specified to your needs, and can be prefabricated, assembled and finished in the factory to rigorous quality controls and inspection methods. On a pre-prepared site, a park home can typically be offloaded and assembled in less than a day.

They are designed and built to last a lifetime or more and built to conform to and far exceed Building Regulations.  We use the same material and construction methods that are used throughout northern Northern Europe, which are designed to withstand Siberian winters but still provide a comfortable, snug, water proof and draft proof home for many years, generations even.

Interior and Exterior Walls

As  the internal walls are finished in plasterboard, they can be repainted or re-papered, just like a normal brick built house.

The larch-clad exteriors are virtually maintenance free, and look great from day one and for years to come.

 The timber we use

The timber used in our residential prefabricated modular timber frame park homes, is of course ecologically sourced from the best slow grown Siberian timber. Timber is the most sustainable building product available. It is naturally renewable. Over 97% of softwood timber used in the UK comes from Europe, where the forest area is increasing by the equivalent of 3 football pitches every hour of the day and night. For reassurance on softwoods and hardwoods, look for certification labels like FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programmed for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).

Over 70% of people in the developed world live in timber-frame housing. In the USA and Canada it accounts for 90% of low-rise buildings and 65% of all new housing in Scotland. One in four new homes in the U.K and over half of all new social housing is now timber-frame (UKTFA). Although the cost of timber-frame is arguably cheaper than traditional build, the real savings come from the speed of construction and the simplification of fitting out trades, realistically saving dramatically in overall build time and massively in total cost. Additionally you get a fixed cost from the very start, allowing accurate budgeting. In the long term you get lower heating bills, no subsidence, cracking or damp. With modern manufacturing technology and computer aided design used in controlled factory settings, timber-frame structures can be measured to +/- 1mm accuracy. Apart from the obvious advantages in the integrity of your build, this also makes laying floors and installing kitchens and other fittings trouble free.

These are a few of the houses that have been made for customers in the past few years: