Self Build Frequently Asked Questions

An architect should provide you with drawings that are suitable to achieve planning permission and in some cases building regulations. Once this is complete, our design team will then be able to complete a timber frame design for your project, based on the architect’s drawings.

Closed Panels typically include factory fitting of the insulation, vapour barrier, service battens and can include windows and doors. Pre-insulated panels include the fitting of the insulation only, with a void left for services. A vapour barrier or foil backed plasterboard can then be applied on site by yourself.

New build homes are zero rated and do not attract VAT.  If we supply and erect the timber frame house then we do not charge VAT.  If we supply the timber frames but do not erect them on site then we must charge VAT but you will be able to claim back that VAT from HMRC within a three month period once a completion certificate has been obtained.  VAT is charged on extensions and commercial buildings.  This is a complex area, please contact us for more details or read the HMRC Buildings & Construction Document.

Yes. One of the benefits of using Frame Homes is that we tailor the design to meet your or your architects drawings.

Our main trading area is the south-west of England, however, we are always willing to assist self-builders that are outside of this area.

With increasing energy performance requirements, timber frame offers a much simpler and cost effective solution, as opposed to traditional methods.

Once complete, it is very difficult to see the difference from both the outside and inside the building.

Yes. Modern timber frame systems enjoy better acoustic insulation qualities than masonry or steel systems and fully conform to, or exceed the latest building regulations requirements.

Our standard size for an external wall is 140mm, with internal walls at 90mm. However, we can also manufacture 184mm and 235mm walls, which increase insulation levels.

For the majority of projects, the soleplates will be laid and fixed to the substructure. These are set out to fine tolerances to ensure the building is installed precisely.

Following this the ground floor panels are erected with the floor joists placed on top.

For improved safety levels, we then build the roof on the flat floor deck. This is then craned off and placed to one side (if there is enough room on site). We then install then first floor panels and lift the complete roof back on. Final processes would then include installing fascia boards and soffits.

Mortgage lenders make no distinction between Timber Frame or brick and block.

No the construction is considered in the same way as any other by insurance companies.

The life expectancy is the same as brick and block and timber frame buildings are described as permanent structures.

They are extremely strong as the timber frame is built with full structural design and engineered to meet with building Regulations just like any other type of construction.