Why carry out a self build?
Taking on a self build project results in a home that has been designed solely for your requirements and personality. Everything, from the number and the size of rooms, through to the positioning of the windows, is chosen with your needs in mind. Each build is truly bespoke, allowing you to create a home that is designed to suit you and your lifestyle.
One of the major reasons people take on a self build project however, is a financial one. Even within the current economic climate, the self build industry has tended to see year on year growth, and this is largely due to the fact a typical self build house can be worth around 25-30% more than the actual cost of the build.
Add to this the opportunity to incorporate cutting edge and labour saving technology into your home, at a much lower cost than you might expect, and you can see why building your own home from scratch is such an attractive proposition.
Why choose timber frame?
There are a vast number of reasons as to why timber frame is an ideal method of construction for your self build home, with just some of the main ones being highlighted below:
The Environment and Zero Carbon With the Government pushing for the building industry to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions caused by development, the pressure to become more environmentally aware is increasing all the time. Timber frame has the lowest CO2 cost of any commercially available building material. For every cubic meter of wood used, instead of other materials, 0.8 tonnes of CO2 is saved from the atmosphere.
All of the timber used by Taylor Lane is from sustainable sources, coming from managed coniferous forests of Scandinavia and North America, where more trees are planted than are cut down. We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and we are both FSC® and PEFC accredited.
The UKTFA’s Fabric First initiative highlights the benefit of using timber frame as the core fabric of a building in order to achieve higher levels of the Code For Sustainable Homes – the national standard for the construction of new homes set out by the Government in their bid to reduce levels of Carbon emissions and encourage the manufacture of more sustainable homes.
Thermal Efficiency Timber frame buildings far exceed those built using traditional materials when it comes to thermal efficiency, and go way beyond Building Regulation requirements, without any filling of the cavity, and the prospective problems associated with this.
A U value is the measurement of the rate at which heat will flow across a material. The lower the U value, the more effective an insulating material it is. Current Building Regulations stipulate a minimum U value of 0.3. Here at Taylor Lane we are achieving U values of 0.1, or even better if that is what is required by our customer.
Speed of Construction With a timber frame structure a typical time saving of around 30% for a 2 storey house can be achieved, significantly lowering the risk of poor weather conditions affecting construction time. This fast erection time is due to a substantial amount of the construction taking place in the factory, with only final assembly necessary on site. This also allows plumbers, electricians etc to get in and work within the building regardless of the outside conditions, resulting in a more predictable construction schedule.
Cost Whilst there is little difference in material costs alone when comparing traditional and timber frame builds, there are many other factors that need to be taken in to account when doing a cost comparison.
- Speed of construction means a quicker return on investment with timber frame. Faster erection times also mean savings on prelims.
- The lightweight structure means foundations do not need to go so deep, saving time and money.
- The dry construction method results in reduced plaster shrinkage and therefore eliminates cracking of plasterboard. This allows you to decorate immediately after construction, rather than having to wait fr it to ‘dry out’.
- A timber frame project allows for more accurate budgeting.
- The finished building is a highly insulated, accurately manufactured structure, resulting in savings in energy consumption over the lifetime of the build
Why trust Taylor Lane with your self build project?
Taylor Lane has worked with the self builder since it was established in 1982, building timber frame homes to the specification of the client and enabling them to achieve their dream property.
With over 20,000 timber frame homes behind us, we feel more than qualified to offer you our knowledge and expertise when you decide to take on your own self build project.
From the first time builder, through to the experienced developer, Taylor Lane will work with you, offering our vast experience and expertise to guide you through the entire self build journey.
Trust Taylor Lane with your self build project and we will not only supply you with your timber frame, roof trusses and engineered floors, but can also look after the ‘extras’ such as internal and external joinery, stairs, roofing ancillaries, and rainwater goods – saving you time, effort and stress.
Further to this, Taylor Lane can offer advice and services to help you achieve your Air Tightness requirements. For further information on this please visit our Air Tightness page.
For examples of past builds we have done for our clients, take a look at our featured developments section.