What we offer
- 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)
- 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
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.
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.
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:
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.