Timber Frame FAQs

When it comes to your new build you can have lots of questions. And we get it! It’s normally a new experience for our self-builders, and deciding which type of build to go for can be difficult.

So to help you we have created some frequently asked questions about Timber Kits.

If you can’t find the answer your looking for then get in touch and we will be happy to help!

Do you do the Full build or just the structure?

Both! So, whether you are looking for someone to manage your full build. Or, looking for someone to supply and erect your timber kit. The Kit Co. could help you build your dream home.

Is a Timber Frame going to last long?

The physical timber frame is normally “guaranteed” by the manufacturer for different periods of time. Usually from 10 to 40 years.

But as timber frame specialist we recommend that your timber frame is taken care for. So, after 5 to 10 years we recommend a structural check and any problems that have arose, are fixed. There are lots of ways to repair timber frames, so you can get the longevity you deserve. Like any home, there is going to be some upkeep required.

Want to know what our guarantee is? Then head over here for more info.

Why should I choose a Timber Frame?

There are plenty of reasons why a Timber Kit is the right choice for your build. In fact… we wrote about 11 reasons why you Should go with a Timber Frame for you Build. You can check them out here.

Is a Timber Kit environmentally friendly?

Yes!!! Due to the methods we use to build a timber kit compared to other construction methods. You know choosing a timber kit is the most eco-friendly way out there. Here are four quick points on how timber kits are environmentally friendly:

  1. Lowest CO2 cost of any commercial building method.
  2. Locally and sustainably sourced timber.
  3. Less Waste.
  4. High levels of thermal insulation, means less heating for you.

Want to know more? Head over here to check out How Timber Kits are environmentally friendly!

How long does it take to build a Timber Frame and then complete it?

One of the great things about timber construction is that the onsite build is a lot quicker as it’s all pre-manufactured. A timber frame could go up and be water tight in a matter of weeks!

Plus Timber Frame builds aren’t weather dependent. Whereas you may find delays due to weather with other construction methods.

Is Timber frame construction cheaper than conventional construction?

Well, it depends. But most likely yes. Due to timber frames being manufactured in a factory setting, these costs are a lot more predictable. Just a few men could manufacturer a timber kit in a factory, compared to 5 or 6 building on site conventionally. Less men, means less overheads for the company.

Plus, on conventional site construction, lots of things could cause delays and add up into additional costs. For example, the weather… So, if you are lucky enough to live in bonny Scotland, you know how temperamental it weather can be. Timber frame construction isn’t weather dependent, so no delays in your time. And well, you know what they say, “time is money”.

Do you do the erection of the kit?

Yes. Usually you’ll want your timber kit manufacturer to be the people who would erect your kit. They will be the best people for the job since they’ll know your project inside and out (literally).

What sort of U-Values do you build to?

This completely depends on the type of insulation you go for. At The Kit Co. we offer different insulation packages which offer different u-values.  You can check them out here.

Can you do 'wind and watertight'?

Yes we can. If you are looking for supply, manufacture and erection of a timber kit – this includes all the way to wind and water tight. So whether there is a slight gap between teams on site you can be sure that your timber kit is protected.

I have drawings from my architect. Can you manufacture my home from them?

Of course we can! In fact this is probably the easiest way to do it. By this point you will have already signed off on the main design points. So coming to us will be a breeze.

We can advise you on the estimate for the structural design, bespoke manufacture and delivery to the site of your new home.

We even work with your architect to make sure your dream and their design doesn’t get strayed from.

Why should I choose a timber build instead of conventional construction?

There are many reasons we think a timber kit is the way forward for your build. But there are also some reasons why a Timber Kit maybe isn’t right for you. So to help you we wrote articles on both these things!

Check out 11 Reasons why you Should go with a Timber Kit for your Build – here. And 5 Reasons why you Shouldn’t go with a Timber Kit for your Build – here.

Where do you cover?

We cover most parts of Scotland, and North of England. If you are unsure if we cover your area, please us as a call on 0131 665 1035 and we will be happy to advise you.

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