Timber Frame Construction
case, the scaffold will be required long after the erectors
have finished the frame.
Consider access to amenities – toilet facilities will
need to be provided for the duration of the build. The
erectors, plus many of the follow-on trades, will require
an electricity supply – an important consideration when
preparing the build schedule. Do telephone or electricity
lines cross the site? Is access to the site limited? Are
there time restrictions for deliveries? What is the plan
for waste management – again, this will be required long
after the timber frame team have left site. It is also vital
that the site is insured for the duration of the project.
What to consider when using timber frame
Before we can start to manufacture a timber frame
kit, we have to agree the design with the customer,
but many things have to happen before we get to this
point: planning permission must be secured; structural
calculations prepared; the Building Regulations
application completed; and detailed drawings prepared
by an architect.
To prevent costly retrofitting, it is recommended that
the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is calculated
before the build. This will help calculate the level of
insulation required – information that can be passed
onto Taylor Lane ahead of the design process.
Building in timber offers freedom, something that
isn’t necessarily associated with traditional build
methods. With this flexibility comes the opportunity to
change plans and designs. Obviously, it helps everyone if
modifications are made during the design stage, but this
isn’t always easy or practical. Alterations may be made
once the frame is on-site and erected, but this will affect
both the budget and build schedule.
It’s also worth spending time thinking about the
placement of fittings and heavy objects. Abnormal
loads on the upper storeys can impact on the frame’s
structural integrity. For example, a stone bath or
piano on the first floor will add considerable strain
and will require additional structural support. Taylor
Lane recommends that its customers always read the
specification provided with quotations, to make sure
that all of the clients’ requirements are included.