Timber vs masonry: Which building system should you choose?

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Timber vs masonry. Which is right for your project? (Image credit: Nuttapong Punna/Getty Images)

When it comes to creating a superstructure, building a house or extension is typically completed with either structural timber or masonry such as brick and block.

Structural timber is the most popular choice, with a market share of 40%, while brick and block has 30% of the market share, according to the National Custom and Self Build Association.

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson has worked as a construction professional for over 30 years and following an extensive career in housebuilding. He is currently chief operating officer for Custom Build Homes and chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association. He previously worked as managing director for Potton, helping self builders build their own homes.

Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in housebuilding and timber building system manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and project management.

He regularly shares his knowledge at Homebuilding & Renovating Shows and and coaches self builders about how to build their own homes. Aside from Mark’s professional career, his skills also extend to practical building knowledge as a skilled joiner, hands-on renovator and serial self-builder of his own development projects.

He is also Vice Chair of industry body, the Structural Timber Association.