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5 reasons to build with timber frame

Discover why this popular construction method could be the best solution for your project

Timber frame continues to be a popular build route for self builders because of its many benefits, from versatile design options through to quick construction times. Different suppliers have individual ways of working, but fundamentally the system consists of storey-height timber panels created in a factory. They’re premanufactured from a network of structural studwork, racked with wood sheathing, and are often supplied pre-insulated. In some cases, windows and other elements are factory-installed.

1There’s design versatility

Having a timber frame manufactured from scratch means it will be tailored to your exact requirements, from architectural style to the size of individual rooms. There are various ways to work alongside a timber frame specialist, each offering you a chance to come up with a bespoke scheme. Many package firms have in-house designers or partner architects that you can work with. Alternatively, you can sometimes choose from a range of pre-made plans and adapt them into your dream home. Another route is to go to a supplier with drawings you’ve already had created by an external architect. The only thing to remember is that it’s difficult to change your mind further down the line as a pre-manufactured structure may be expensive to change once created.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Smart homes for every budget - Timber frame FAQ - Choosing outbuildings - How to maximise your mortgage chances - Guide to finding land