Fri, 10 Nov 06
Whilst many self-build homes are timber frame or ‘kit’ homes, an industry body for the promotion of traditional building methods argues the inflexibility of this type of build can be a positive disadvantage.
When drawing up the plans for a new home, self builders will often have a clear idea of how they want their interior to look, and will plan the house with this in mind. However many self builders only realise that the living room is too small or the bathroom will not fit that new sauna/shower they bought on impulse last week once the house foundations are being laid out.
The Traditional Housing Bureau advises that by building in masonry you can change your plans right up until the last minute without causing long delays in the build time.
It won't always make you popular with your builder, but at least alterations can be picked up early and dealt with simply.
Kit homes do not afford the same flexibility where any changes to the original plan can take you right back to the drawing board. (Unless of course, you are willing to take change on board at the start)
If you don't want to be restricted in your lay out by walls, masonry homes with precast floors offer open plan living for the 21st Century. Precast floors allow upstairs and downstairs layouts to be independent of one another - in addition they offer excellent sound insulation between floors.
THB also argues masonry-built homes are easier to extend than timber frame ones.
Timber frame kit homes are an attractive simple option to those who want the flexibility of designing their own home but don't want to have to deal with an architect, a builder, a project manager and all the other individuals we may have to get involved to get the project completed.
But, THB argues, there are a growing number of masonry companies who can provide the complete service, helping you design your dream home and taking all the project headaches away.
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