Timber Frame

Timber Frame

One of our largest and most popular ranges, with many size and style options available. A contemporary look, with beautiful Siberian larch cladding on the exterior and a plasterboard finish inline with modern houses on the interior.

Timber frame consists of wall panels (complete with layers of insulation, vapour barriers, etc) with plasterboard on the interior layer and vertical larch cladding on the exterior. The timber we use to construct the frame has a strength class of C24 or higher – more in line with demanding Scandinavian requirements than the C16 class commonly found in the UK – to ensure the highest quality possible. Plumbing and electrics are installed within the wall panels, hidden from view.

The exterior vertical cladding can be treated, painted, or weathered to a beautifully natural silver/grey. We favour slow grown Siberian larch for its aesthetic beauty, strength and durability – it’s one of the toughest softwoods in the world. It has few knots, and provides a clean, contemporary and consistent look. The outside of the frame can also be cladded in brick, block and render, stone, tiles, etc to suit – many models in our passive timber frame range feature a combination of cladding and render for a modern look.

The prefabricated panels come together really quickly on site, so the build time with timber frame is very quick; with foundations complete, our show home was at watertight structure stage in only four days.

Timber frame is an ideal option if building regs are required.

Build Type
  1. Timber Frame
Number of Bedrooms
  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4
  6. 5
  7. 6
Levels
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 1 + Mezzanine
Length (m)
4.0 20.0 4.0 to 20.0
  • Kent

    Larger timber frame models ranging from traditional to contemporary in style. From spacious one bedroom models around 50m2, to large, two-storey models with double-height ceilings and lots of glazing.

         

  • Hampshire

    Smaller, traditional-looking timber frame models. From studio spaces to 2/3 bedroom mezzanine level models on a footprint up to about 50m2. 

  • Norfolk

    Single-storey timber frame models delivering maximum space in a longer, narrower package. Traditional to contemporary in style. Generous living spaces with sliding/bi-fold doors and verandas to link to the outdoors. 

  • Somerset

    Flat roofs, high ceilings, and lots of glazing combine to form this distinctly modern timber frame range. Big living spaces with sliding/bi-fold doors to bring the outside in. Delivering maximum space in a longer, narrower, single-storey package.

  • Wiltshire

    Modern spaces with signature curved glulam timber beams. From studio spaces to large two ­storey models, and up to six bedrooms. Floor­ to ­ceiling glazing throughout to connect with the outdoors and create light-­filled spaces.

  • Surrey

    Curved roofs and high ceilings with exposed glulam timber feature beams. Modern, single­-storey spaces. Generous living areas and up to six bedrooms.

  • Passive

    Timber frame construction with passive house technology. The ultimate in energy efficiency and performance. Super insulated with argon filled triple-glazing to achieve the lowest U-values. Residential models for the individual or developer.

Quick Reference
  • 3632
    Sets out the minimum standard for residential buildings (below UK Building Regulations). It usually applies to caravan and park homes. We feel this is a substandard specification – offering inadequate insulation and flimsy build quality – so all our buildings, including our park homes, go far beyond this. We build to full residential house standards and UK building regulations, or beyond.
  • Bi­fold doors
    Bi­-fold doors consist of a number of glass panels that can be folded together and to one side. They are a great option to create a light-­filled space, connecting the living areas to the outside.
  • Building Regulations
    Building regulations are in place to ensure your finished build is safe, efficient and long-­lasting. Our timber frame and twin­-skin log models are designed to fully comply with UK building regulations (including the new Eurocode 5) as standard. In fact, we can build to stricter, Scandinavian regulations and Tek10 for ultimate performance and future proofing. Not all buildings/instances require building regulations, but if you intend to use your new building for sleeping accommodation, and it can't be classed as a 'mobile home' building regulations will usually be required.
  • C-­value

    This is a measurement of how strong the timber is. The timber's characteristics are graded against permissible limits for the timber species. The higher the number, the stronger the timber. A common strength class in the UK is C16. We only use timber of C24 to C40 (more in line with demanding Scandinavian requirements) to ensure the highest quality possible.

  • Eurocode 5 (EC5)
    Eurocodes are a series of standards that establish common rules across the European Economic Area (EEA) for structural design using any material. EC5 is the suite of standards specifically relating to timber structures. It replaces BS 5268, which is no longer maintained by BSI (British Standards Institution). Our buildings comply with EC5.
  • FSC
    The Forest Stewardship Council is the hallmark of responsible forest management, and the most widely recognised forest certification system worldwide. We only use FSC­ approved timber, so you know your new building has been responsibly sourced.
  • Glulam/Laminated
    For maximum quality we use glued laminated timber (glulam) for our residential log buildings, as opposed to standard solid timber. Solid timber moves throughout the year because of shrinking/swelling, and it splits easily, too. Glulam is engineered from 40mm layers of timber (woodgrains in opposing directions) bonded together to increase strength and stability. It won’t rot, shrink, crack or split – it’s virtually maintenance free, and lasts a lifetime. Glulam can conform to building regulations because structural calculations can be made that aren’t possible with standard solid timber. If you prefer a plasterboard interior finish in line with modern houses, rather than the traditional timber look, glulam makes it possible to add framework and plasterboard to the internal walls that are external facing.
  • Granny annex
    See 'mobile home'
  • Insulation
    Our buildings are designed to be enjoyed all year round, with unrivalled levels of insulation as standard. Insulation is built into our timber frame panels, and is added between the wall layers of our twin­-skin log buildings. We can insulate according to the U-­values the building needs to achieve, right up to passive house standards, but as a guide 100mm of insulation is very efficient for most requirements to cover walls, 175mm insulation for floors, and 215mm in the roof.
  • Larch (Siberian)

    We favour Siberian larch for our timber frame builds because of its excellent durability, dimensional stability (minimal shrinkage/swelling), and aesthetic beauty. It grows very slowly, making it extremely dense and strong when compared to other softwoods. In fact, Siberian larch is one of the toughest and most durable softwoods in the world. It can be painted or treated to maintain its straw­like colour, or when weathered it transforms to a beautifully consistent silver/grey, which is highly desirable in many cladding projects. Siberian larch should not be confused with the dark pink British/European larch that grows faster and not as dense in a warmer, wetter climate. Siberian larch also contains fewer knots – for a clean, contemporary, and consistent look – and, unlike British/European larch, its knots are light in colour and remain solid, even after drying and machining.

  • Log

    Alternative to timber frame construction, offering the traditional log cabin look of timber inside and out with interlocking exterior feature corners. Constructed log­by- log, rather than from sections/panels, this type of build is well suited to sites with restricted access. Log buildings are available as single or twin­skin glulam.

  • Mobile home

    A selection of our models can be classed as a 'mobile home'. Built to our usual residential house standard for all year round enjoyment (not the flimsy, substandard BS3632 specification associated with holiday parks), these can be up to 20 x 6.8m and feature multiple bedrooms. The big advantage is that if the building is going in the grounds of your main house, you could add new living space without needing planning approval and increase the value and use of your property.

  • Passive house technology

    Creates a super insulated energy efficient home, with tiny heating bills, minimal carbon footprint, lots of natural light and superior levels of comfort compared to normal homes. We can design passive house technology into our residential models. The interior maintains a comfortable temperature – from the coldest day of winter to the hottest day of summer – without traditional heating and air- conditioning systems. The thickness of the walls, roof and floor is greatly increased and all glass upgraded to argon- filled triple glazing to achieve the incredible levels of insulation and U­values required. A mechanical heat recovery ventilation system provides a constant supply of fresh air using only a fraction of the energy consumed by a typical house.

  • Permitted Development

    Single-­storey outbuildings can be considered as permitted development; without needing planning permission. Located to the rear or side of a property, they must be ancillary to the main dwelling and not contain living accommodation – office/studio space for example. The footprint can be up to 50% of the total area of land around the house. The maximum height for a dual pitch roof is 4m (3m for other roof types [e.g. mono pitch or flat]), and 2.5m if within 2m of the property boundary. Building regulations approval is not usually required up to 30m2 in floor area (no sleeping accommodation). More information can be found at www.planningportal.gov.uk

  • Planning Permission

    Full planning permission is normally required if a building does not fit the criteria for a 'mobile home' or a 'permitted development'. More information can be found at www.planningportal.gov.uk

  • Single-­skin

    Type of log construction featuring a single wall layer, or skin. With only one wall layer, plumbing and electrics are face­mounted – so pipes and cables (inside conduit) can be seen running along walls – and the wood itself is the insulation. For hidden electrics and plumbing, and additional insulation see 'twin­skin'.

  • Sustainability

    Timber is the only mainstream 100% renewable building material. Increased demand means increased sustainable managed forest to supply it, so its a win-­win situation. Timber has the lowest embodied energy and best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream building material. Our timber is FSC­approved and comes straight out of the forest and into the mill, so handling is minimal. Our timber buildings are built to order and precision engineered in factory-­controlled conditions, so wastage is minimised, and so are post erection quality/snagging issues. Timber buildings are quick to erect, so on site construction time and resources is greatly reduced.

  • Timber frame

    Constructed from sections/panels with full insulation built in, this type of build gives you a plasterboard interior finish inline with modern houses, with plumbing and electrics hidden behind. It’s an ideal option if building regulations is required. The exterior features vertical Siberian larch cladding to provide a clean, contemporary, and consistent look.

  • Twin skin

    Type of log construction featuring two wall layers, or skins. The plumbing and electrics are hidden between the two wall layers. Insulation is added here too, which makes twin-skin a good option for residential log builds, particularly if building regulations are required.

  • U­-values

    U­-values (also known as ‘heat transfer coefficients’) are a measure of how effective a building element (such as a wall, floor, roof, etc) is at preventing heat from transmitting between the inside and the outside of a building. The lower the U­value, the less energy is required to maintain comfortable conditions inside the building. U-­value requirements are part of meeting Building Regulations. Our buildings are designed to be high performance. High levels of insulation and quality features such as double, triple, and argon­filled glazing ensure low U-­values, all the way to passive house standards – like we’ve achieved on our show home.