10 great tim­ber frame homes

Whether you’re look­ing to cre­ate a sleek new home or a tra­di­tional ex­ten­sion, this construction method could be the per­fect so­lu­tion for you, says Re­becca Fos­ter

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Whether you pre­fer a tra­di­tional barn or a sleek mod­ern abode, Re­becca Fos­ter’s se­lec­tion of stun­ning tim­ber frame self builds and ex­ten­sions shows this sys­tem’s ver­sa­til­ity

From ul­tra-swift construction speeds to im­pres­sive en­ergy per­for­mance cre­den­tials, the tim­ber frame method comes with an ar­ray of en­tic­ing ad­van­tages, both for self builds and ex­ten­sion projects. Whether you choose an open or closed panel ar­range­ment, much of the work (par­tic­u­larly with the lat­ter op­tion) is done un­der fac­tory-con­trolled set­tings, so the build com­po­nents come with a high de­gree of ac­cu­racy out of the box.

The pre­ci­sion of the man­u­fac­tur­ing and qual­ity con­trol process also al­lows home­own­ers to achieve high lev­els of ther­mal ef­fi­ciency, up to Pas­sivhaus stan­dards. Plus,

sys­tems that in­cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bly sourced tim­ber tend to score high in terms of sus­tain­abil­ity cre­den­tials, too.

Var­i­ous fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als are com­pat­i­ble with this form of construction, in­clud­ing brick slips, wood cladding and ren­der, al­low­ing you to cre­ate a uniquely de­signed home that meets your aes­thetic as­pi­ra­tions. The fol­low­ing projects high­light the ver­sa­til­ity of tim­ber frame in es­tab­lish­ing a be­spoke abode that’s in­fused with plenty of char­ac­ter.

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