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10 ways to stay on budget with a timber frame build

Want a keen price for the shell of your new home? Tim Doherty looks at how to keep spending under control on a timber project

Timber framing is a fabulous way to construct a bespoke new house using sympathetic, renewable and beautiful materials – and will deliver a warm, sustainable, energy efficient and comfortable living environment. I should know; I used to work in timber frame! It’s not right for everyone and there are still some prejudices about acoustics and vibration, but it’s quick, efficient and a great option for self builders. The market is awash with supplier options, so selecting a firm can be confusing and many of us don’t have the time to deconstruct the process. However, if you’re keen to save money all the way through your timber build, here are my top tips.

1 Think carefully about design routes

Some timber frame manufacturers offer architectural services, with varying degrees of flexibility. It can be a tempting option, with the benefit that they’ll know their system inside and out, plus it’s often very well priced. So it will suit those of you who have already decided on a supplier based on their reputation, location, past projects etc.

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The latest issue of Build It, Britian's first magazine for self builders and renovators, is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specificying materials. In the June 2019 edition: - Build It's Self Build Education House: We're building next door to Grand Designs The Street! - Complete guide to planning success - Cost-saving secrets for home renovations - Extension cost guide - Roofs: Repair or replace - Building an oak home ... and much more!