To avoid costly redesigns, it is best to involve us at the onset of the design stage. Our objective is always to ensure the process has been efficiently communcated and accurately costed.
Once the frame and building design has been integrated and structural approval has been gained, the builder can make a start accurately setting out the foundations.
The dwarf walls are bult carefully while the frame is being prepared in the workshop.
Access scaffolding is erected to enable safe working platforms for the carpenters whilst they erect the frame, and for the following trades.
Once the site levels and dimensions have been checked, the frame raising begins. The joints are put together and for now they are held in place with metal pins and temporary softwood struts.
Now that the wall frames have been raised, the cross-frame braces and tie beams are dropped into place with a crane. The structure is like a box and is rigid enough to support the roof trusses.
The frame has been raised. We check it's position, level and plumb before the cleft oak pegs are driven home and trimmed. The Timber Frame Company team have now completed their part of the project.
The recently erected oak frame has been covered in a protective layer of builder's plastic in order to keep the frame dry. The frame will soon be sandblasted, which will clean it and leave an even colour and texture. It is vital to keep the sandblasted frame dry to preserve the finish.
The roof is being closed in and the insulation has been fitted. The frame must remain weather tight to prevent tannin washout from staining the recently cleaned frame.
Direct glazing is fitted to the roof.
The lead flashing is being fitted ahead of the battens and tiles.
The stepped lead-lined valley has been formed between the new extension and the existing house.
The internal closed panels have had their plasterboard fitted to the ceiling and walls and have been prepared for plastering.
The pipework loop and manifold is fitted on top of an insulated floor slab.
The floor screed is laid over the pipework, which will act like a big radiator and the plasterboard panels have now been plastered.
The stone tiles are laid out in position.
The building is nearing completion and is already becoming a light and airy space.
Now the furniture is moved in and the room feels like home.
Now the builder's have finished, the garden can be landscaped and recover from the works. There are more images of the completed project in our portfolio.