Summary of ‘Conventional’ –v- Timber Frame Extensions

Although it may seem that this consideration of “How Timber Frame Extensions Compare with Conventional Build” has strayed from the core analysis, hopefully the reader will understand that this has been necessary in order to draw out the following conclusions:-

  • Complete flexibility of design and appearance to suit any local vernacular and satisfy any planning authority.
  • Use of a wide range of aesthetically attractive external façade treatments. 
  • The relatively lightweight nature of timber frame facilitates:-
    • building on possibly otherwise unsuitable ground 
    • savings to be made on foundations 
    • use of claddings that further facilitate a) & b)
  • Less ground settlement 
  • Possibly the same, or a little more ‘shrinkage’ settlement of the main structure, depending on design.
  • Potentially a more robust and stable structure than masonry. 
    • Ability to avoid use of ‘wet’ trades,
    • A ‘dry’ build, meaning less, or even no drying out. 
    • Less related ‘snagging’ issues and subsequent maintenance.
  • Greater opportunities for ‘masking’ junctions between old and new buildings 
  • Possibly easier floor junctions with less susceptibility to weight settlement separation. 

 

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