I see there are many different companies online selling a timber framed property kit.

I assume footings, a concrete slab and an external brick or stone wall are still required with a timber framed kit, is that correct?

  • Lindsey Davis

    Hi Andy,

    You can use an external wall of brick or stone with timber frame, but structurally you don’t need to and many people don’t. Look through our completed projects and the oak frame category and you will see that most use cladding or sometimes render with beams exposed in-between.

    Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are a common pairing and this method can lead to very quick build times.

    There is more on Timber Frame here http://www.homebuilding.co.uk/advice/key-choices/structural/timber-frame
    And on our Timber Frames page http://www.homebuilding.co.uk/timber-frames


  • Andy Green

    Hi Lindsey,

    Thank-you for the reply and the links.

    If I go the self build route it will be on a very tight budget, less than all the budget self builds I have viewed on this website.

    The companies I haver looked at sell soft wood pre fabricated insulated sections.
    As I install Fascias, Soffits and Cladding for a living I had hoped that I would be able to perhaps fit marine ply, sarking felt, treated battens and cladding over these sections.

    The Oak framed properties in your top link look beautiful but I am sure the cost is much higher.

    I have seen a few plots of land with planning permission and was trying to estimate costs to complete a self build.
    I have the price of the softwood timber framed kit which includes door, windows and skirting boards and wondered if I had to price for a brick/stone wall, if I can clad it in wood at least I can do that work myself.


  • Lindsey Davis

    Cladding it yourself is a great idea. Just make sure you stuff it with insulation so that you are building it to the required energy efficiency standards.

    As Piers Taylor advises in his pieces, keeping wet trades (brickies, plastering etc) to a minimum means you can do as much yourself as possible. It will also be quicker so less time needed to hire scaffolding etc which always brings costs down. All of his pieces are great for budget builds actually so might be worth reading them on here: http://www.homebuilding.co.uk/global-free-tags/author-piers-taylor

    Good luck with your project Andy. Let us know how it goes. We may even be interested in featuring it – especially if you manage to beat the price of the budget builds we have already featured!


  • Andy Green

    Thank-you very much Lindsey for all the help and the links you have provided.

    Best Regards


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