What is the best way to build a house? Bricks and mortar? Or a timber frame?
In the past, we used to build houses in the UK using timber frames. Houses 450 years ago in the Elizabethan and Tudor eras were typically built using wooden structured. However, over the years, the way in which we build houses has grown and developed. But, is it time we go back to this original method?
Well, Newbury New Homes’ Joe Pattinson discusses the possibility of this.
One bonus of timber frames is speed. In just a week or two, a timber frame can be erected. This then allows for the other trades to get in sooner. They can then get on with kitting the frame out and the lead time for a frame to be designed and built can be as little as three months.
Overall, the time frames using timber methods are typically significantly lower. Unlike your brick built houses, these frames don’t need to “dry out” either. Despite this though, when you’ve got a timber frame, you do have less flexibility in comparison to other methods. Especially if you want to make any changes.
One other bonus of timber framed homes is that they tend to be easier to heat. Not only that, but they also tend to retain heat better too. Of course though, there are also some negatives with timber structures being more susceptible to condensation. There are things that can be implemented to try and avoid this though.
Now, of course, one of the first things that come to mind though when you think of a timber frame is that they’re more vulnerable to fires in comparison to brick. However, surprisingly, this is not the case. Instead, timber actually burns quite slowly which allows the integrity of the structure to be maintained for longer.
Alongside this, timber tends to be more environmentally friendly too. Typically, builders using this material will need to buy it from suppliers and renewable sources. In fact, the timber frame industry replaces the trees they cut down. The process that is needed to create timber frames is also a lot more sustainable in comparison to brick methods, using less energy.
Many other countries have already adopted the use of timber frame homes. But what do you lot think? What is better? Let us know what you think in the comments below.