It is important to ask yourself what makes a great home if you are in the process of designing one for you and your family to live in! It is great to be able to do this because you can sidestep all the little compromises that people generally make when they move into an existing home. With some thought, your new home ought to be perfect from the outset and you will not have to make any compromises whatsoever – other than to bring one another’s tastes in line!
Do some serious thinking behind the scenes regarding the space your need in different parts of the home, the rooms you want joined together, the light you want in different parts of the house, the stories you want available to you and so on. Think about open plan living options and figure out the sort of character you want from the interior and exterior of the house.
When you have thought about these things you will need to meet with a team of construction experts and designers and they will give you even more things to think about. This is a great thing because it means that all the bases will be covered and your house has an even greater chance of turning out well.
Ambition is a valuable commodity in the world of construction especially if you are a self-builder. It is important to exercise your creative instinct and try and make your project as original as possible when you are building a house because you may it to act as a demonstration of your own ambition and achievement. However, your designs will always be tempered to an extent by outside influences beyond your control.
It is important that you are receptive to the ideas of the professionals you get on board to help make your plans a reality. If your designs are not tenable because of structural issues then they will need to be changed. The professionals will always flag up concerns such as these. Then there are things like planning permission to consider.
Planning permission regulations may veto some of your plans and this can be hard to swallow because the stipulations often seem arbitrary or extreme, but there is very little you can do about this beyond a formal appeal process that may not turn out in your favour anyway. Adaptability is the key here. You must be prepared to change things to make them work.
It is not always easy to choose who you work alongside when you embark upon a self-building project that will leave you with a completely original home designed to meet the expectations and demands of your personal domestic life. You need to think long and hard about who you get on board to help design the structure and then build the structure.
Among the things you ought to focus on at this point are things like the design skills on offer, the timescales teams are able to work to, the manufacturing conditions available for timber frame projects, the logistical matters that have such an effect on deadlines, the level of project management you can expect to take advantage of and the flexibility of the experts involved.
It is important to look at each of these areas and make your choice according to them. Of course, your budget will also come into play, but if you are building a house for yourself then you want it to be right first and foremost. Testimonials are good when it comes to seeing how well a company is thought of in terms of previous work.
The previous post introduced the idea that developers can do their portfolios a great deal of good by using timber frame construction in their next project. Having already looked at the environment side of things, it is worth looking a couple of other ways that timber frame construction helps builders to show what they are capable of.
Flexibility in design
Timber frame construction is extremely flexible. It allows developers to produce stunning designs that often act as a welcome break from the norm. In terms of a portfolio, the more variation the better, so timber frame projects offer a great opportunity to do something different and to expand the scope of design a company is able to show off.
People are always impressed if developers are able to produce stunning, original designs and have them carried out to perfection in an ethical manner. However, they are even more impressed if they are able to do all that and keep their costs right down. This is something that timber frame construction allows for and it adds another string the developers’ bow.
Timber frame developments represent an excellent opportunity for developers hoping to make a good business move. The great thing about timber frame developments is that they tend to tick all the boxes and they enhance a company profile to no end. This post and the following post are devoted to discussing the ways that a development of timber frame homes can boost a portfolio.
Perhaps the most attractive option for developers is the chance to actually embark upon a project that is good news for the environment. The construction industry is certainly one of those that needs to explore more ethical ways of building and timber frame construction is the way forward in this regard.
A timber frame project demonstrates a company’s awareness of ethical practices and it raises the environmental profile of that organisation. That works wonders for a portfolio and it attracts business because modern people are always on the lookout for eco-friendly ways of building as a way of enhancing their own reputation and also as a way of satisfying their own ambitions from an environmental perspective.
One of the reasons you might want to build a house using timber frame construction is provided by the timber itself. Timber is a very good material to build with and while there are lots of very practical reasons why this might be the case, one of the most influential factors behind the popularity of building with timber is the fact that wood is such an eco-friendly choice in construction.
Wood used in the construction industry is sourced from renewable forests by reputable firms interested in maintaining the healthy relationship between the Earth’s natural resources and mankind’s need for homes. This relationship has existed since the dawn of man and even in modern times there is no reason why the relationship cannot be a healthy one.
Sustainability is the key. Forests are specifically grown and maintained in order to provide high quality timber for construction and when trees are felled areas are replanted in order to make sure that the supply remains well into the future and the construction industry does not contribute further to unethical practices such as widespread deforestation.
It is very important to consider your surroundings when you have acquired the perfect piece of land to build your new home on. It is easy to get carried away with the layout and design of your home because these represent the really creative and exciting side of things, but you must approach practical things first. How can you make the most of your surroundings and the atmospheric conditions your home will be subject to?
Think about which side of the house is likely to see more sunlight in the plot of land you are building on. Allow this to influence the layout of your home in terms of which homes require more natural light and where you situation gardens and other exterior features.
You must also think about views if there are any available as well as access to driveways and roads. Getting this sort of thing right obviously contributes a huge amount to your experience of your new home. Ignoring the surroundings is unwise because it prevents you from making the most of this wonderful opportunity, so think long and hard about this before designs get fully under way.
Unless you have a plot of land that is miles from the nearest neighbours and conveniently hidden away among natural features in your area then you will need to follow a few rules when you build your own home. This will be more or less stringent depending on the surroundings – how close you are to neighbours, how visible your home is and so on.
Planning permission rests upon these rules being worked into the designs once a committee has looked at your proposals. You need to be prepared for some things to be called out while others may be considered perfectly appropriate. You and you design team must be flexible and consider a range of options so that if planning permission is denied you can adapt your designs to suit a new set of rules.
If you like you can try and pre-empt some of the things that may cause an issue. For instance, the homes on your road may all be finished with rendering and it may be suggested that your home should be rendered too in order to remain in keeping with the community.
Private developers can make a very big difference in the housing market at times when the major house builders have to exercise a measure of restraint in terms of the new projects they embark upon. What private developers are able to do is target areas for development with their own projects if they see an opportunity to supply the demand for housing and make a positive business investment.
The demand is certainly there for new housing developments. Many industry insiders do not believe the housing market will ever truly meet all the demand out there perfectly, but it has every chance of getting close is private developers also get in on the act and identify plots that are currently not being made the most of.
Timber frame developments often prove successful because of their cost-effectiveness – a very influential factor in a market that doesn’t seem to know whether it is coming or going at the present time. Ambitious developers are in a good position to make a positive difference to communities up and down the country with new projects that also enable them to build their portfolios and do good business.
If you are building your own home then you can make a great impression with a stunning timber frame house. Timber frame construction is one of the only building methods that allows people to design very original homes that stand the test of time and meet environmental concerns head on at the same time as helping people to stay within their budget when they manage a project themselves.
Of course, timber frame construction is a specialist business and it is something that you need to have professionals on board with, but their particular craft means that they are happy to try and push the boundaries and to be as creative as possible. This means working with you on a brief, getting all the structural requirement right and focusing on getting your project to stand out in the way you want it to.
By using timber frame construction to build your house, you will be able to make a positive statement from so many different perspectives, including a design perspective, an ethical perspective and a cost perspective. What could be better for ambitious self-builders who want to make a mark.