Why Timber Frames
Prefabrication of timber frame houses began about 60 years ago when it became apparent that a higher standard of construction could be achieved in a factory than on building site.
In many parts of the world, timber frame houses are now the norm – an engineered and proven system. Over 70% of people in the developed world live in timber frame houses. In the USA and Canada it accounts for 90% of low-rise buildings.
Timber frame houses can have a variety of outer skins, and take on a wide range of appearances. Rendered blocks, stone or brick can all be used for the exterior walls, or they can be clad in timber or a variety of other materials.
Fast and Cost Effective
By carrying out such of the manufacturing work in a factory, build time can be drastically shortened.
The shell of a building can normally be erected and weatherproofed within 10 days of arrival on site. This allows an earlier start on installing plumbing, electricity and other services - at the same time that bricklaying is going on outside.
The project can be completed in far less time that when using the brick and block 'wet' system of building and the new building is exposed to the elements for a much shorter time.
The reduced build time, combined with the high quality, low defect manufacturing process also gives savings on the total cost of the project.
"I was impressed with all aspects of this company – from the quality of kit, delivery and erection to the cost and service. From my many years’ experience I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone considering building"
- Frank C Entwistle
Timber is an organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable building material. Although worldwide deforestation remains a significant issue, UK timber frames use European softwood.
And because in Europe we're committed to planting more trees than we harvest, the more wood we use, the more our forests grow. Each year we currently gain over 3,500 square miles of forest – equivalent to an area the size of Cyprus.
Europe's forests act as huge carbon sinks - the total carbon sequestered in our forests is over 9.5 million tonnes. Wood is effectively a carbon-neutral material (even allowing for transport).
Add to this timber-framed houses' excellent energy efficiency, giving you low heating costs and a small carbon footprint, and it's clear they make an excellent choice.
Safe by design
Timber frames are designed to perform well in cases of fire and flood - and this is helped by the quality softwoods used in timber construction having naturally strong performance.
Timber burns steadily at a predictable rate and, in the process, charcoal is formed on the surface of the timber- which serves to insulate and protect the core.
Timber frames therefore not only meets the requirements of all building regulations, but can significantly exceed the requirements of fire resistance fire tests.
The timber frame approach also improves construction health and safety - as manufacturing the timber kits in the controlled environment of a factory reduces accidents on site.
"'Being a retired contracts manager for a large construction company I know what I am looking for when it comes to quality and service. Heritage Designs provided both and at very competitive prices. Have used them many times"
- Mike Bond
Timber frames are designed to deliver high performance from the outset - comfortably meeting and exceeding all current building regulations.
History has shown that they're incredibly long-lasting, with many examples of houses dating back to the 12th Century, and modern 21st century technology and design means you can be confident your home will stand for decades to come.
Timber frame wall construction, together with the separation and air cavity provide a very good level of sound insulation in modern homes - outperforming other construction methods in recent tests, and creating a more relaxing environment.
And because timber frame buildings are highly insulated they are incredibly energy efficient, meaning they heat up quickly, retain their heat for longer, and are economic to run.