Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

A factory-built timber frame home is a home constructed using prefabricated timber frame components that are manufactured in a controlled factory environment. These components are then transported to the construction site for assembly.

In factory-built timber frame construction, precision-cut timber frame components are fabricated off-site, ensuring high quality and efficiency. This method often allows for quicker on-site assembly compared to traditional construction methods.

Costs can vary based on factors like design complexity, size, and chosen materials. However, factory-built timber frame homes can offer cost savings through efficient manufacturing processes and reduced on-site construction time. This generally leads to a 50% reduction in construction time which adds to cost savings and on average results in 25% cost saving versus traditional construction.

Yes, you can absolutely customise the design of your timber frame home. Timber frame construction offers significant design flexibility, allowing homeowners to create unique and personalised spaces tailored to their specific needs, preferences, and lifestyle.  

  • Floor Plan: You can work with an architect or timber frame designer to create a floor plan that suits your family’s requirements and lifestyle. Whether you prefer an open concept layout, traditional rooms, or a combination of both, the floor plan can be customised to accommodate your preferences.
  • Architectural Style: Timber frame homes can be designed in various architectural styles, from rustic and traditional to contemporary and modern. You can choose the architectural style that resonates with your taste and complements the surrounding landscape.
  • Interior Finishes: From flooring materials and cabinetry to countertops and fixtures, you have the freedom to select interior finishes that reflect your personal style and preferences. Whether you prefer hardwood floors, granite countertops, or custom-built cabinetry, the interior finishes can be tailored to your taste.
  • Exterior Finishes: The exterior of your timber frame home can be customized with a wide range of finishes, including masonry, timber or composite cladding materials, stone cladding and more. You can choose exterior finishes that complement the architectural style of your home and blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings.
  • Energy-Efficient Features: You can incorporate energy-efficient features into the design of your timber frame home, such as high-performance windows and doors, passive solar design principles, and advanced insulation systems. These features can help enhance comfort, reduce energy consumption, and lower utility costs.
  • Special Features: Whether you dream of a cosy fireplace, a spacious loft area, a gourmet kitchen, or a relaxing outdoor living space, you can incorporate special features into the design of your timber frame home to enhance functionality and enjoyment.

Overall, timber frame construction offers endless possibilities for customization, allowing you to create a home that reflects your unique style, preferences, and vision for comfortable and harmonious living. Working with experienced professionals, such as your architect or our in-house design team, you can bring your home design to life.

Construction times are often faster than traditional methods due to the efficiency of factory manufacturing. The actual on-site assembly can typically be completed in a matter of 3/4 days for a standard home & up to 3-4 weeks for a home with a more complex design.

Yes, timber frame homes can be designed to be highly energy efficient. Here are several reasons why:

  • Insulation: Timber frame homes allow for ample space to add insulation within the walls, floors, and roof. This insulation helps regulate indoor temperatures, keeping the home warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Air Tightness: Timber frame construction allows for precise sealing, reducing air leakage and preventing drafts. This helps maintain consistent indoor temperatures and reduces the load on heating and cooling systems.
  • Thermal Mass: Timber has natural thermal mass properties, which means it can absorb and store heat. This helps stabilise indoor temperatures by releasing heat slowly, reducing the need for additional heating or cooling.
  • Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors: Timber frame homes often incorporate high-performance windows and doors designed to minimise heat loss and maximise natural light. Energy-efficient glazing and framing materials further enhance insulation properties.
  • Ventilation Systems: Modern timber frame homes can be equipped with mechanical ventilation systems designed to maintain indoor air quality while minimising heat loss. These systems recover heat from outgoing air and transfer it to incoming fresh air, improving energy efficiency.
  • Sustainable Materials: Timber is a renewable and sustainable building material, especially when sourced from responsibly managed forests. Using timber in construction reduces the environmental impact compared to other building materials.
  • Design Flexibility: Timber frame construction offers design flexibility, allowing for the incorporation of passive solar design principles, such as optimal orientation, shading, and natural ventilation, which further enhance energy efficiency.

Timber frame homes generally require the same maintenance as traditional homes. Regular inspections, maintenance of finishes, and addressing any minor repairs are essential to ensure the longevity of any home.

Yes, timber frame homes can incorporate alternative materials for both interior and exterior finishes. This allows for a customized design that meets your aesthetic preferences.  For example, in some of our past projects we have used timber frame in conjunction with traditional finishes / traditional builds such as extensions to renovate older homes. Bringing the old and the new together works very well.

Factory-built timber frame homes are engineered to meet or exceed local building regulations, including considerations for seismic activity and extreme weather conditions.  The precision of construction in a controlled environment and using advanced engineering contributes to the structural integrity of the building.