How does a timber frame house structure differ from a masonry house?
A modern masonry house is normally made of an inner supporting wall of concrete blocks and an outer supporting wall of brick. A modern timber frame house replaces the inner wall with a timber frame strong enough to carry all the loads of the house. This is usually covered by plasterboard internally and a brick external finish.
Can I build a timber frame house if I have a base built for a masonry house?
As timber frame buildings incorporate all of the wall insulation in the wall structure itself, a 50mm cavity is all that is required. Masonry houses usually incorporate the insulation in the cavity, which would typically have a 100mm cavity. Therefore, some adjustment may be necessary.
Is any specialist equipment required to build a timber frame house?
A timber frame construction generally consists of prefabricated wall and floor panels so some lifting equipment is usually required. Typically, a crane would be hired for the time it takes to get the trusses loaded onto the roof.