Timber Frame Technical and Frequently Asked Questions

Plot selection is a critical part of any house building project. The characteristics of the plot significantly influence the design, construction and overall feasibility of the project. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Size and Shape: The size and shape of plot determine the maximum footprint and layout of the building. It also influences factors such as setbacks, green space, and the potential for future expansions.                                            
  2. Orientation: The orientation of the plot with respect to the sun and prevailing winds can impact on energy efficiency and comfort within the dwelling. Proper orientation allows for better utilisation of natural light and can contribute to passive heating and cooling strategies.                                                                                                                            
  3. Legal and Regulatory Constraints: Local zoning regulations, building regulations and other legal constraints may dictate what can and cannot be built on a particular plot. For example, building in a conservation area could be considerably more restrictive than an area designated for homes or even self build sites where unique designs are positively encouraged!                                                                                                                                                      
  4. Topography and Soil Conditions: The topography of the land and soil conditions affect the foundation design and construction methods. Steep slopes may require special considerations (Rock sockets, digging out of bedrock etc) and different soils may have varying bearing capacities. Conditions with lots of clay may need the foundations to be piled – has the budget included for this?                                                                                                                           
  5. Utilities and Infrastructure: Access to essential utilities such as water, electricity, and sewage systems is crucial. The availability and proximity of infrastructure can impact the overall cost and feasibility of the project. Please also factor in the frustration and cost when dealing with the utility providers!!!!                                                                       
  6. Environmental Considerations: The plot’s surroundings and local ecosystem should be considered to minimize the environmental impact of the construction. We have seen a variety of wildlife impact the build process on site for example (but by no means the full list) has the site got bats, Great Crested Newts, Slow Worms or Badger sets?! All of these have stopped sites we have been involved with at some stage!                                                                        
  7. Budget and Financial Considerations: The cost of the plot itself, as well as any necessary site preparation, should be factored into the overall budget of the project. Understanding the financial implications of the chosen plot is crucial for a successful project.

Once all the above is considered we then get to the heart of the matter!

You have found your plot, purchased it and appointed an architect – BUT will the site and access to it let you build the home you are dreaming of!!

Do not worry! We have built Timber Frame  structures in some of the most awkward and inhospitable of places. Our experienced operations team have helped build down alleyways, on top of hills, down tiny country tracks and on the top of existing buildings. Rear gardens, between two existing buildings and even party walls in London with single side access to name just a few! We have yet to find somewhere that we could not find a solution for (not that this is a challenge or gauntlet we are throwing down!)