GARAGE CONVERSION AUDIT
STRUCTURAL LOFT CONVERSION AUDIT
PRE-PURCHASE FEASABILITY CONSULTATION
STEEL WORK CONNECTIONS
INTERIOR MINOR ALTERATIONS
CDM & ASSOCIATED REPORTS
HEALTH & SAFETY REPORTS
3D MODELLING (from)
SOIL INVESTIGATION REPORTS
AIR PRESSURE TESTING
BUILDING CONTROL APPLICATIONS
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING
SOUND INSULATION TESTING
PART F VENTILATION TESTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVICE & INSTALL
THERMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS & TESTING
CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
PART G WATER CALCS
DOMESTIC EPC’S FOR LANDLORDS & HOMEOWNERS
If you are a fan of the style of a mountain homemade of heavy wood and you want to combine it with a modern design, then a timber frame house is the right choice for you. These houses are no longer an exotic phenomenon and they are very accessible to enjoy. Whether you want to enjoy the wooden patio outside the entrance or watch the fire in the fireplace crackle, you will have a real impression of nature. Of course, if you want great pleasure you will have to put in a little effort - it requires great construction knowledge and adequate finances, so we are here to help you learn how to build a house like this and to spot potential construction mistakes.
The timber frame construction of timber frame house is made of square or rectangular columns, beams or bars of high quality. The lumber can be of your choice - smooth or wrinkled or can be glued. The style and appearance of the beam is just a matter of your taste given the huge selection you can come across.
A wooden structure made with glued laminated beams has many advantages such as high durability and the absence of cracking, firmness and great aesthetics. The biggest advantage is highly flexible and fast construction. Moisture and temperature in sawn wood do not change the stability of the structure. The fire resistance of this wood untreated with fire extinguishing agents is 2-4 times higher than that of metal, and the special bonding of the elements gives it some stability even in the event of a small earthquake.
Building this type of home allows you to be creative. The wooden frame carries all the burden of the house and the filling between the columns can be made of a variety of materials: bricks, stone, mineral wool... One of the ideas is to make the wooden frame dark coloured so that it visually divides the brighter walls into many fragments of different shapes. Lately, architects have been proposing the so-called "glass facade". In this type of houses double glazed windows are used as the walls, so this gives us the opportunity to let natural light into the house and to blend the space of our house with the surrounding nature.
When you build a house for yourself we assume you only want the best materials. Wet and calibrated wood does not belong to this group. It is not worth saving on basic building materials because if it is not well dried, the tree will become insect-borne.
Wooden frame houses are usually insulated with mineral wool (stone and glass wool). Other ways are unpopular and more expensive.
The idea of building airtightness is still new, but it is extremely important to prevent cold air from entering the house as even a windy day can cause different pressure inside and outside the house. Mineral wool is wind-permeable and because of that, you need to attach foils and panels to the house elements. You will need special straps for this.
Although airtightness is equally important for all types of houses, for timber frame houses are especially important because, among other things, poorly closed houses do not store heat and increase heating costs.