Timber frame houses and other wooden buildings are common from the 19th century and earlier. In the UK today, timber frame constructions are again growing in popularity over traditional ‘brick and block’ constructions.
Benefits of timber frame houses
For private self-builders and main contractors alike, the main advantage is a much faster build cycle. Merronbrook’s timber frame house and garage construction can decrease the build programme time by as much as 30%. This allows the structure to be made watertight in a fraction of the time associated with a traditional build.
There are the obvious environmental benefits of timber frame house and garage construction. Timber has the lowest CO2 cost of any commercial building material and, once installed, provides high levels of thermal insulation, reducing overall heating costs.
Typically speaking, what is a timber frame house or garage construction?
Timber framing, also known as ‘post-and-beam’ construction, involves building houses, garages, or any other structures with heavy timbers rather than bricks and mortar more commonly used in UK homes.
A strong and durable material, timber frame houses and garages can last for hundreds of years.
Traditional timber framing is the means of creating a structure using heavy squared-off, joined timbers with joints held in place by large, wooden pegs.
Using axes and a great deal of hard graft, artisans and farmers could gradually create a structure out of timber, which was able to bear heavy weight, without vertical support posts taking up excessive interior space.
Nowadays, innovative technology such as the Wolf easi-joist system makes the process more efficient for modern timber frame house building, as it allows the first and second fixing to be made inside whilst the exterior skin of brick or cladding is applied.
Timber frame building types
Due to the speed of erection and its versatility, Merronbrook’s timber frame constructions have been applied to a wide range of building types, including:
- Single-storey bungalows
- Multi-room residential properties
- Low-rise apartments
- Community housing
- Care homes
- Public buildings
When you choose Merronbrook as your timber frame supplier, we offer the advice, help and assistance needed to ensure that you have the best options available for your site-specific timber frame project. To find out more about Merronbrook’s timber frames, please fill in our contact form or give us a call on 01252 844747.