WHAT IS "TIMBER-FRAME"?

WHAT ARE ITS ADVANTAGES?

 

What does "traditional building" mean to you? "Bricks and mortar" is the usual answer, maybe even stone - yet the earliest tradition in the United Kingdom was timber-frame, and many early examples which pre-date masonry construction are still standing to prove the point.

What is commonly known as traditional construction has stone or brick loadbearing walls, but in most other respects is identical to timber-frame - roofs, internal partitions and floors are usually all in timber (although concrete ground floors are common in England but rarely found in Scotland). The principal difference then is that in timber-frame construction the external and other loadbearing walls are also built in timber - made into large framed and sheathed room-height panels and nailed to the floor 'platform' (hence the technique is known as Platform Construction'). The roof structure (again substantially pre-fabricated from softwood) is immediately erected on top, and the building is quickly made wind- and water- tight. This might only take a few days, compared to the weeks it takes to build a masonry wall - a boon in wet temperate or very cold climates. Internal finishes, electrics, plumbing, etc, can then proceed immediately and unaffected by outside conditions, whilst any external finishes such as facing brick, roughcast, or shiplap boards/tiles, can be left until the weather permits, thus speeding up completion and occupation quite dramatically.

A second benefit from framed panels is that substantial, almost unlimited, quantities of thermal and acoustic insulation can be placed within the framing to achieve heat and sound retention / rejection values several times better than even lightweight 'insulating' blockwork of the same thickness. 

Even although timber-frame construction is a precisely engineered and manufactured system, it is not bound by rigid dimensional or visual constraints. Almost any design or style can be built to order, and the 'pattern book' concept is yesterday's news. Indeed, Amcadd does not have a pattern book or catalogue of off-the-shelf designs (so please don't ask for one!). On the contrary, it specialises in the bespoke adaptation of even the most free-thinking of modern architectural ideas into a package of transportable components for fabrication by any kit manufacturer and delivery to all parts of the country. Amcadd works closely with many NHBC registered builders and timber-frame kit manufacturers.


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