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GETTING TO KNOW TIMBER SYSTEMS

This lowenergy timber frame home was built using Hanse Haus’s pre-manufactured thermo-efficiency wall system. The structural shell reached watertight stage in three days

There’s a whole wealth of reasons why timber is such a popular structural option for self-builders. Although it’s one of the oldest construction materials around, the use of wood in modern construction is continuously evolving. This is a flexible, sustainable, attractive and affordable material. So, what makes timber so special, and how can you use it to help you build an eco-friendly, cost efficient and attractive home?

Timber frame construction comes in many guises, lending itself equally well to modern and vernacular designs. From conventional timber panels through to characterful oak frames, you’re sure to find a system to suit your requirements – whether your focus is on style, sustainability, cost or other practical considerations. What’s more, all the systems have short onsite turnaround; so you can have a weathertight shell in a matter of days.

Almost all timber frame options include factory-made elements, and modern production techniques have reduced defects and improved quality overall. It’s this use of prefabrication that significantly lessens the amount of construction time required onsite, giving you certainty in terms of both scheduling and costs.

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What's inside the April 2018 edition of Build It magazine: - Stunning eco home on a heritage plot (page 22) - Glazed doors design ideas (page 64) - Renovating for profit (page 71) - Garage design options (page 74) - Complete guide to building with timber (page 81) - How to get planning on your garden (page 110) - Window cost guide (page 117) ... and much more!
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