What we offer

 

Key services

  • Models as shown, tailor-made, or bespoke from drawings
  • Architectural drawings (if required)
  • Planning application (if required)
  • Building regulations submission (if required)
  • Project management
  • Groundworks (if required)
  • Foundations (if required)
  • Delivery
  • Construction
  • Installation
  • Internal fit out (if required)

Model range overview

We have a wide range of buildings to suit homeowners looking to add that extra living/working space, the ‘self-build’ generation with plots to build homes on, and housing projects/developments.

We can offer you a building as shown in one of our model ranges, or it can be tailor-made to meet your needs. The designs on our website are completely flexible because everything is manufactured to order. This gives you the opportunity to alter the layout and decide on a window and door configuration that works for you. Most of our models can be built as timber frame or log, and passive technology can be built into or removed from timber frame models at the design stage.

Alternatively, if you are looking for something bespoke, we can work from your own plans/drawings or with you to design your dream living space.

The two build types we offer  

Timber frame

A timber frame build – the most popular choice – is constructed from sections/panels with full insulation built. 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 regs are required. The exterior features vertical cladding that can be treated, painted, or weathered to 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 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 watertight in only four days. 

Log

A log cabin build offers the traditional look of timber inside and out, and features interlocking exterior corners. This is constructed log-by-log, rather than from sections, which makes it suitable for sites with restricted access. Log buildings are available as single or twin-skin options. Single-skin is one wall layer with electrics and plumbing face-mounted (visible). Twin-skin allows the plumbing and electrics to be hidden between the two wall layers, and insulation is added here too, which makes it a good option for log residential builds. 

For maximum quality we use glulam timber for our residential models, as opposed to standard solid timber. Solid timber moves throughout the year because of shrinking/swelling, and it splits easily, too, so this option is reserved for non-residential models (garages, garden rooms, etc) or those looking for an inexpensive (specification is not to full residential standard) way to install a mobile home/granny annexe in the grounds of their home. 

Glulam timber is precision engineered and bonded in layers to increase strength and stability. It won’t rot, shrink, crack or split – it’s virtually maintenance free, and yet 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 timber makes it possible to add timber framework and plasterboard to the internal walls that are external facing. 

What’s included and the timescale

Your new space is precision engineered and constructed under factory controlled conditions in the mill to be perfect, before being delivered in specialist kit form ready for us to build and install. 

Depending on size and layout, it can also be possible to build timber frame models at our premises in the UK before delivering them to site, completed as a whole or in two halves – so minimal onsite time and disruption for you.

We usually come along and erect your building onto a pre-prepared base, so you would have a complete, water tight structure (including external windows and doors, internal walls and doors, with a roof covering) ready for kitchens, bathroom/s, electrics and plumbing to be fitted: we appreciate that it can be more economical for our customers to arrange the internal fit out themselves, using local tradesmen. 

However, we can offer a full turn-key solution – from arranging groundworks and foundations, to erection and internal fit out – so we can do as much or as little as you like.

To give you an idea of timescale – with plans, specifications, costs, etc all finalised and agreed – manufacture and delivery from the mill is 10-12 weeks, and on site build time is 2-4 weeks.

Price guide

To help you budget when looking, an approximate starting price per square metre (including a Metrolite tile roof covering) according to build type is:

80mm single-skin glulam log (not available with two-storey models): £720/m2

120mm single-skin glulam log: £825/m2

80+80mm twin-skin glulam log: £895/m2

Timber frame: £950/m2

Passive timber frame: £1250/m2

The above is based on us supplying and erecting this building onto a pre-prepared base. It means that you’d have a complete structure (including external windows and doors, internal walls and doors, and roof covering) ready for kitchens, bathroom/s, electrics and plumbing to be fitted. Windows and doors are full residential quality, double-glazed CE-certified as standard, uprated to argon filled triple-glazed with passive timber frame models.

Other costs to consider are:

  • Foundations
  • Groundworks (drainage and bringing the services to your building)
  • Electrics
  • Plumbing
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Flooring
  • Plaster boarding and decorating
  • Heating system
  • Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), if passive timber frame
  • Architectural drawings (if required)
  • Planning application (if required)
  • Building regulations submission (if required)
  • Final choice of roofing material
  • We price our range of buildings this way because, as mentioned above, it can be more economical for our customers to arrange the internal fit out themselves, using local tradesmen, but if you would like us to manage all (or some) of the above we can, and kitchens and bathrooms would then be zero VAT rated, if for private use

    All prices quoted are subject to VAT at the appropriate rate, and final specification: new buildings with living accommodation in the UK are zero-rated, which means there is no VAT to pay on our residential models if for private use.

    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.