Timber Frame Houses Making A Comeback!

Those of you thinking about going down the self-build route in order to achieve the home of your dreams might want to consider the benefits of having timber frame houses built, as this material is staging a comeback where housebuilding is concerned and it might be just what you’ve been looking for all this time.

Director of architecture firm dRMM Alex de Rijke told Dezeen magazine that the 21st century should be the time for wood to shine above other tried-and-tested materials like concrete (prioritised in the 20th century), brick (the go-to in the 18th century) and stone (material of choice during the 17th century), the New Statesman reports.

With timber increasingly being the preferred option of many in the housebuilding industry these days, Mr de Rijke puts this popularity down to the rebuilding of Shakespeare’s Globe in Southwark in London. He explained that this historical reconstruction project forced planners, engineers and architects to reconsider using timber frameworks, and also helped bolster confidence in how the material could be used safely and sustainably in housing developments in the future.

He told Dezeen: “Timber has significant advantages over steel, concrete or masonry construction in terms of its environmental credentials, speed, weight, and structure. “

Director of Waugh Thistleton Architects Andrew Waugh agrees, saying that mass timber buildings weigh as little as a fifth of their concrete counterparts and mass timber buildings could also be used as a construction solution in dense urban situations. He also went on to note that timber is more energy efficient and his architecture firm came to use it primarily for this reason, and because steel and concrete are big polluters themselves.

Offsite construction could well be the answer to the UK’s current housing crisis. With the country in desperate need of more homes, the Architect’s Journal recently noted that offsite construction will have an increasingly important role to play moving forward and developers would be unwise to ignore it as an option.

This is simply the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building parts somewhere other than where they’ll finally be installed. The aim of this is to help support the quick and efficient construction of permanent structures.

Such efficiency has already been showcased by the Apex House development in London, student accommodation that is 29 storeys high but took just 12 months to construct and complete.

New homes aren’t being built quickly enough to provide space for the burgeoning population, what with having to sort out planning consent, the construction timeframes and so on. And some kinds of housing, like retirement properties, will need to be adapted in the future so they’re suitable for new demographics.

Some developers are already providing flexible floor plans in properties that have identical outer shells, which mean that buyers can customise their properties without having to drive up costs.

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