There was a period when timber
frame was out of fashion in the UK. This is no longer the case
with the proportion of timber framed houses expected to reach
25% in 2008, albeit the figure is lifted by Scotland where over
70% of new houses are timber frame.
is a popular method of construction for self-builders, and a
number of package or 'kit' manufacturers to choose from -when
selecting one, be sure to check the options available, in particular
whether they provide their own designs or work from your architects
plans. You may also wish to check whether they are members of
Timber Frame Association -look out for this logo.
There are also systems that
are based around prefabricated components, such as SIPS (Structural
Insulated Panel Systems). These are factory made structural cassettes
made from structural timber framing and a sheet material such
as plywood, and are fixed together on site. They may be left
open on the inside for you to fix insulation and services, or
closed, with all services and windows and doors fixed.
Scandia Hus offer free seminars
each month to guide you through the various aspects of the self-build
process at their show home in East Grinstead, Sussex. Scandia-Hus
staff will be on hand to answer any questions and to give advice
on aspects relating to your own particular plans, strategy and
concerns. More information at www.scandia-hus.co.uk/seminars.html.
information on Timber Frame
- Good wood guide -Friends of the Earth guide to choosing renewable
timber for DIY, home improvement, self build or construction
- Ecotimber -hardwood from managed sources.
- TRADA -Timber Research and Development Association.
Timber Frame Association
-technical information and guidance on timber frame, plus online
search for members and free downloadable leaflets.
-modular timber frame assembly system based on traditional oak
ATT -a very comprehensive
site from this leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing
of individually-designed Timber Framed structures, based in South
- BuildaKit -based in Skipton, Yorkshire, they
do all aspects of timber frame from design to interior finished
- Design and Materials -self build kit homes using eco friendly timber
- Form & Space Ltd -a Design & Build turnkey company who use
a German off-site manufactured panel system to offer high quality
ecological timber frame houses of bespoke design.
Hus -self build Norwegian
timber frame houses equipped with a proven quality heat recovery
and ventilation system, available in Scotland and the north of
- German Passive Houses -Irish distributors for German timber system
of Sweden -manufacturers
of high quality log houses and homes for assembly on site.
Haus -post and beam
timber frame houses from Germany.
Home links -US site
with links to builders, manufacturers and dealers of log homes
-timber system Architecture of single components which can be
joined and separated. Screw and pin connections ensure the greatest
- Potton -one of the UK's longest established
timber frame manufacturers and market leaders in self build packaged
Hus -self build low
energy timber frame from Sweden.
- Scotframe -timber frame engineering kits from
House Company -tailor
made high spec timber houses from Sweden, made using close grain
pine from the Dalarna Forests.
- Walter Segal Self Build Trust -UK charity advising on self build,
ecological design, community initiatives & training.
- Build it Green
-specialists in the supply and construction of pre-engineered
building systems, using the super energy efficient Structural
Insulated Panels technology.
- Enviropanel -family company based in Cheshire
that started out building insulated coldrooms for the retail
- Eurban -design, manufacture and installation
of solid wood panel products -based in East London.
in development, marketing and distribution of wood based products
with an emphasis on environmental sourcing -hardwoods, softwoods,
glulam and panel systems.
- Riko -houses built from solid laminated
spruce with wood fibre insulation, manufactured in Slovenia.
- Siptec -Bedfordshire based company specialising
in the design, manufacture, and application of Structural Insulated
- Avalon Timber Frame -homes constructed in Devon, using a Swedish
close-panel system for self build on site. They can provide design
services if required.
- Baufritz -award winning German house builder
offering high quality, tailor made ecological homes. Their system
was featured in the 'Grand Designs' house built in Bath by Tiffany
and Jonny Wood.
- Century Homes
-say they are the largest timber frame building manufacturer
in Britain, with expertise spanning all types of timber frame
building projects, from a new custom home to large-scale housing
- Harding Homes
-dealer for Lindal Cedar Homes in England, Ireland and Wales
-conventional timber framed building system providing a multiple
of design choices and cost efficiencies.
-excrutiating website -Maple have been designing, manufacturing
and erecting Timber Frame structures for over ten years.
- New World Timber Frame -manufacture timber frame solutions for commercial
and residential developments -they aim to provide environmentally
sound building solutions for modern building requirements.
Haus -German timber
frame house manufacturer -unfortunately at the time of review,
their website was only in German, but they do have an office
- Solo Timber Frame
-design and erect bespoke timber frame houses throughout the
UK -have developed a patented carbon zero construction method.
- Touchwood Homes
-constructors of environmentally friendly timber frame homes
using Finnish timber.
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