Buying a Kit House
Timber framed houses are becoming very popular within the self-build market. It is worth considering this style of build when planning your dream home.
There are many styles of timber frame homes. From bungalows to mansion sized houses all are available to the self-builder.
Many companies that produce timber frames have very informative websites. You can browse the variety of styles and pick what sort of house you prefer. The company will also custom build a house if you choose to go down that route. Remember that whatever home you choose it still has to be passed by the planning department of your local town council.
When deciding on the company that will produce your timber frame they will support you through the build and be there to help you if there is a problem.
Within weeks of your timber frame being installed it will be weather tight with windows and roof fitted. This is much quicker than a traditional brick built house.
Although more expensive than a brick built house the speed of construction more than makes up for the cost of the timber frame home. You will require less labour for the build. With the home being erected quicker you will not be borrowing money over such a long period.
With high insulation timber frame houses are warmer than traditional cavity or block built walls. Better insulation in a house means a warmer home for less cost.
Each piece of timber is cut accurately and marked so that it can be fitted, rather like a jigsaw puzzle, once it reaches your building site.
Beams or Modern
A timber frame house does not have to look like a Tudor barn; modern designs are available as well as the more traditional style.
How is it Erected?
As the timber frame house is made up of prefabricated wall and floor panels it is easy to erect once the foundations are laid. A crane will be needed for the roof trusses but this is often the case with prefabricated roof trusses for brick built homes as well.
What else is Left to do?
Apart from the foundations the self-builder would need to plaster walls, tile the roof and do all electrical work. Normally the timber frame kit will include windows, staircase, plasterboard, insulation, timber, felt and battens. Each company may differ with what they supply so investigate this carefully before ordering.
If you are interested in an Eco friendly home many timber frame companies have designs that meet the criteria of those who want to live a greener life. Timber used for this style of build is both sustainable and renewable making it more environmentally friendly than other builds.
There are timber frame house suppliers all over the country so the delivery need not take long. Many companies either have a site where you can view the houses or can arrange for you to look at homes already build by satisfied customers.
Timber framed homes are ideal for the self-builder as he has the support of the manufacturer, the speed of the build and a beautiful home to look forward to.