Welcome to the Wooden House

Disclaimer: The purpose of this website is simply to provide basic information of the types of timber built constructions and wooden dwellings. It is not intended to be a definitive guide or instructional tutorial. Always check with your local building departments, surveyors, structural engineers and builders before commencing any work on timber structures.

Welcome to our website dedicated to timber buildings! We are passionate about using timber as a building material, and we believe that it is an excellent choice for a variety of building types, from residential homes to commercial spaces and beyond.

There are many benefits to building with timber. Firstly, timber is a sustainable and renewable resource, making it an eco-friendly choice for those who want to reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, timber is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of ways, including for framing, flooring, walls, and roofs.

One of the unique features of timber buildings is their aesthetic appeal. Timber has a natural warmth and beauty that adds character and charm to any structure. It also ages gracefully, developing a patina over time that enhances its natural beauty.

But it’s not just about looks – timber buildings also offer excellent performance and durability. Timber is a highly durable material that is resistant to pests, fire, and moisture when treated properly. It also has excellent insulation properties, making it a great choice for energy-efficient buildings that can help reduce your energy bills.

Whether you’re looking for a new family home, a commercial space, or a garden room, a timber building is a great choice.

Wood has been used in the building of houses for thousands of years. It has strength, beauty and natural insulating properties. It is manageable, pliable and can be inter-locked in a way which increases it’s strength and durability.

It has the ability to withstand stresses and movement in a way that other more rigid materials can’t such as concrete or steel both of which will fracture if there is too much movement in one direction. Wood, on the other hand, will stretch and bend to accommodate changes in temperature or even land movement. I remember a structural engineer telling me that I could jack-up the corner of my timber frame, timber clad house by as much as 30 cm (12 inches) without causing significant damage to the integrity of the structure.

A timber house is lighter, easier and faster to build and made with an environmentally friendly and sustainable construction material. 

Wooden buildings are energy efficient because of their natural insulating properties and require less temperature control than traditionally brick built structures. During winter they have warmer interiors whilst in summer they are cooler thus reducing the need for high energy consuming equipment such as heaters and air conditioners.

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My house was 250 years old and looked like a giant shed with a tin roof. We rebuilt the exterior cladding, taking the opportunity to install insulating materials which made it more of a Scandinavian style construction. The result was a home easy to heat in Winter – warm and cosy – yet cool in Summer – airy and comfortable – this in turn meant less carbon emissions and more environmentally friendly – perfect.

Fixing anything to walls was easy, as long as you found a stud to attach to. With the right length screws, pictures and curtain rails were sturdy, much more so than on traditional dry walls on modern constructions.

Wooden House is purely a research resource and not to be used for building reference.

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