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Find clear, easy to understand answers to common questions about timber frames from Turner Timber

What do timber frame buildings look like?

Whatever you want them to look like! Timber frame construction is really flexible, and can be applied to virtually every build.

Whether you’re going for traditional or contemporary, you can use timber frame construction in the confidence that your finished structure will look exactly the same as if it had been build using brick and block or any other construction technique.

How much do timber frames cost?

This depends on the size and design of your building. However, because timber frames can cut down the build time by around 30-50%, they can deliver significant project savings in terms of labour and associated building costs.

Is a timber frame house as strong as a traditional block and brick structure?

Yes – the just as strong and stable, and will last just as long as any other structures.

Are timber frame buildings a fire risk?

No. Once built, timber framed buildings are just as structurally sound and fire resistant as traditional builds, and meet all relevant fire safety standards.

Do timber frame buildings need any special maintenance?

No – maintenance is no different than with a traditional brick and block building.

Can I get a mortgage on a timber frame house?

Yes, absolutely – the process is no more difficult than with a traditional build.

Is insurance higher on a timber frame building?

No, insurance companies do not generally make any distinction between timber frame and traditional structures.

What is the lifespan of a timber frame building?

Timber frame buildings have been around for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, and many period properties you see today feature timber frames. If properly maintained, the life expectancy of a timber frame building is comparable to a brick and block structure (i.e. hundreds of years!).

Are timber frames environmentally friendly?

Absolutely. Wood is a naturally renewable resource, and all the wood used in Turner Timber frames is carefully sourced from well-managed PEFC certified forest in Scandinavia.

Do you deliver?

Yes, we deliver nationwide, and across Europe. More than that, we provide a full service, including the design, manufacture and erection of timber frame buildings.

Do you design homes/provide architects drawings?

No, we don’t, although we are happy to recommend an architect in your local area if you would like support.

We recommend that self-builders enlist the support of an architect in the area they are choosing to build in. Architects tend to have a good handle on the local planning rules / preferences, and existing relationships with those in their local planning office. This understanding can help to ensure that you get a house design that will be most successful during the planning application phase.

When should I get in touch with you?

The best time to get in touch with us is after you have had your architect’s drawings done. Once we have those, we’ll be able to provide you with an accurate quotation based on your design. This is something we can do whilst you’re waiting for planning approval – that way, we can get started as soon as it’s approved, saving you time and ensuring your project moves forward as quickly as possible.

Having said that, we are very happy to provide advice at the start of your project in the very early planning stages, so don’t feel you have to wait before giving us a call.

How long will it take you to build a timber frame?

That depends on the size and design of the frame. However, we will give you an honest, accurate estimate of timescales before you commit to an order.

How does the process work?

Have a look at our Stages page for a full rundown of the process involved in designing, manufacturing and installing a timber frame as part of your self-build.

Where are you based?

We work with self-builders across the UK, and in mainland Europe. Our main office and manufacturing facility is located in Hull, next to one of the country’s biggest timber docks. This helps us to minimise the road miles of the materials we use in the construction of our timber frames.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today by calling 01482 218945 or filling out a contact form.