Timber Frame bulding is becoming more popular among self builders and people who plan an extension to their home.  
It has recently been reported that building with Timber Frames (SIPs) is now almost equal to masonry builds. A timber frame consists of timber studwork usually fixed in place with OSB or Plywood. Once the board is nailed to the frame it becomes what is known as an Open Frame - it becomes Closed when the insulation is added. When the insulation and a waterproof barrier are added the external surface is covered with a variety of materials, such as timber cladding (typically Larch).  
An Open frame is delivered to site already prepared for external joinery, such as doors and windows to be added. The floor and roof trusses are part of the original frame, and once erected the work can commence on the inside and outside.  
A Closed frame is delivered with insulation already fitted by the manufacturer. Electrics, plumbing, joinery and external cladding may also be part of the delivered frame.  
As a rough guide, the cost of a timber frame rarely exceeds 30% of the overall budget for building a house.  
Kent Building Developments has used Timber Frames in at least two of our builds in York gaining experience and knowhow for future projects.  
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