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DESIGNING a timber frame home

Find out what you need to know to commission a successful scheme for your timber frame self build
Chris and Sheila Marwood chose home building specialist Hanse Haus to deliver the structural design and most of the building works for their architectplanned scheme in Cornwall. The shell erection and main fit-out was completed in just 12 weeks
JAMES FRENCH

Panelised framing systems are right up there with masonry as a leading, cost-effective structural option – offering a host of benefits in terms of build speeds, price certainty and easy detailing for energy performance. Here’s how to go about getting a bespoke design that will suit your requirements.

Who designs timber homes?

Any architect or house designer worth their salt should be familiar with this construction method and capable of coming up with an appealing scheme that looks to take advantage of its innate qualities. Indeed, many impressive self build projects are realised in this way. That said, your timber frame supplier will want to be involved as early as possible to ensure the outline plans can be translated into a buildable, value-engineered reality – and they’ll aim to work alongside your architect to ensure the practice understands the intricacies of the exact system they use.

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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: - Renovating floors in a period home - Rainwater goods cost guide - Choosing the right smart home security systems - Could an architect save you money?