Things You Must Know About Timber Frame Extensions

A timber frame method offers a more sustainable and economical approach that helps in the expansion of your home. It adds more value to the property. It is easier and quick to build when compared to blockwork projects. If you are thinking of building a house on a budget, then it is the best choice.

Vision Development is a business run by a family in the UK and have been working together since 1979 in the construction industry. They supply timber frame extensions to extend your current home to create extra space and to add value to it. They won the “Company of the year” award in 1999 by Self Building Magazine.

What to consider before using the timber frame method?

Here are some of the things that you should understand before jumping into the project of timber frame extension installation.

  • Are the framed extensions built using timber any good?

The benefits of using a timber frame method are huge. It not only provides extra space but also adds value to your property. You can build a weathertight stage within a few days and you don’t need to spend weeks like other construction options.

It allows you to spend less time on-site and reduces the level of disruptions. Once built, it provides good levels of airtightness and thermal performance.

  • Are the frame extensions built using timber cheaper?

The cost of this method is less when compared to traditionally built extensions as there are only a few labour hours needed. The timescale needed to construct it is also predictable as it is less dependent on weather conditions.

It’s necessary to ask the choice of the lender in case of external finish when you are proposing to increase or take out a current mortgage which enables you to give money for the extension.

  • Do you need permission for the planning of the extensions?

When the standards in terms of position and size are met, you can extend your property under Permitted Development Rights using the timber framed extensions. However, you can build something above the scope of Permitted Development only when you have planning permission.

Before starting the work check with the local authority. This must be done when your property is located or listed in an area of conservation or of natural beauty.

  • Is the frame extension constructed on-site?

The answer is yes. The majority of extensions are stick-built. So, the frame panels are made on-site with the help of the joiner. A structural engineer designs the frame and makes a specification of the grade/ size of timbers that have to be used for lintels/cripple studs/frame along with a nailing plan.

The joiner takes the delivery of the required timbers. Since they are loose, you can handle them easily through the areas which have restricted access to the place where you make up the panels.

Always choose an experienced designer and have a contingency fund of 10% in case you have to deal with unexpected circumstances. There are many ways to control the money spent on extension projects. Choose the best option suitable for you and build a home that satisfies your desire.

Talen Lee
the authorTalen Lee