Timber frame houses are coming back into fashion. They have been common-place in North America for decades. In fact, most of the literature either comes from Canada or Finland. More recently they have become fashionable in Germany.
They are relatively easy to build, are relatively carbon neutral, reasonably cheap, and can be erected by a team of three or four people.
Over the past three years I have been putting up my own timber frame house in London. It took so long due to planning problems with my site. I am in a conservation area, and I had to demolish another building. The council would not let me demolish and then re-build. I had to extend, which is another matter altogether, hence the piecemeal approach to the project.
There were three of us. The whole project took two and a half months.
You can build a two bed timber framed home for less than £30,000. It’s warm, it’s ecological, it’s friendly and it looks good. I can thoroughly recommend the method. I built mine from scratch, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get the building delivered in sections, which just have to be bolted together. The sections come off a jig so you dont have to cut and fit everything. There’s no waste, and it saves masses of time.
I can give recommendations for companies and web sites to look at if anyone is interested, but you should be able to Google the subject.
On the other hand, I can produce a home that is even easier to build. And it’s cheap. I’ll give the low-down in the next posting.