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5 timber frame things you need to know about

As well as providing a swift route to creating your own bespoke home, this popular construction system offers a plethora of design options, says Rebecca Foster
Taylor Lane operatives install an open panel timber frame system on site

1 There are two main types

One of your key choices will be between closed and open panel. The system forms the superstructure of the dwelling in both cases so there’s little or sometimes no need for internal load-bearing walls. The walling elements comprise a network of softwood studs between two sheets of oriented strandboard (OSB) or plywood. Openpanel versions are left unsheathed on one side so insulation can be installed when the frame is delivered to site. With closed systems, the panels are delivered with the protective thermal layer already built in and the units boarded up.

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!