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Timber Frame Construction and Solar Passive Design
Do you want to build your home in under 14 weeks?
This home in Craigie was a custom built, rear subdivided home built in 12 weeks!
The rear house was built using solar passive design principles and timber frame construction to ensure we respected the environment and enabled our clients to save costs both now and in to the future.
The cost savings came from the timing it took to build the home, materials and labour expense, and further more our clients will have long lasting savings due to the energy efficiency of the home, a timber frame home uses less energy to heat and cool when compared to standard double brick homes built here in Perth, Western Australia.
We were able to build this home in 12 weeks from slab down to practical completion. Distinct Renovations are able to keep build times to a minimum due to the work load we take on and further more timber framed homes can be built much quicker than standard double brick homes.
The home itself is a 3 bedroom and two bathroom home with a 2 car garage and is situated on a 308 m2 block to the rear of the original home.
The real highlight of this home is the open plan living space which includes a 4.2 meter high ceiling raking upward towards highlight windows.
Natural light is captured from all angles in this space which brightens up the room to make a some what small open plan living area into a welcoming place.
For such a small floor plan this home really does encompass a lot in terms of features.
The entry way is great for families with a custom built bench seat with underneath storage, a double car garage with laundry/kitchen access making bringing the shopping in a breeze.
The garage and entry are situated to one side of the house while the bedrooms and bathrooms off to the other, the open plan living space separates the two.
Leaving the kitchen, living space to the right you walk into a small hallway which leads to a comfortable sized linen press/study nook area on the right and a bathroom to the left. At the end of the hallway is an activity room or extra living space. Off each side of the activity room is a bed room. This area creates a great kids zone separated from the main living area.
The master bedroom has an entrance off the study nook with mirrored built in robes allowing for plenty of storage space and a great place to get ready. Off to the left of the master is an ensuite consisting of double vanities, toilet and shower.
The house was built with great functionality in mind but also budget which gives the home owners comfort, ease of living and affordable energy bills, for a lower cost than most builds of a similar look and feel.
Distinct Renovations love constructing timber frame homes as it not only benefits the environment further more it benefits our clients pocket long term and allows for flexibility in design and quick build times.
If you want to know more contact us now and find out how we can help you build your dream timber frame home.
Sustainable and energy efficient
Continuing on from my last blog this is part two of the benefits of building with timber frame construction. The next benefit discussed will be very important going forward with the impacts of environment and cost of energy being a hot topic of most political agendas of late furthermore this issue is not going away. Homes need to become more energy efficient and cost affect to heat and cool. Therefore old ways of building homes in Perth are becoming less popular and light weight construction with low embodied energy is and will be better for the environment going forward.
Timber is the closest to nature of all building materials, there is very little work needed to get timber from its natural state as a tree to timber for ready use in construction. Therefore, it has one of the lowest embodied energies of all building materials. Especially when compared with brick and concrete. Manufacturing bricks or making concrete takes a lot more energy to covert from its natural state to an end product. Therefore emitting more pollution into our environment than the manufacturing process of timber.
Timber is great for sustainability as it stores carbon in its built and natural form, this carbon would otherwise be released into the environment as greenhouse gases. Further to this most countries that mill timber have codes to follow to ensure they are planting as much as they are cutting down and in some cases, more, therefore creating a better environment for us all to live in. Also, most timber is sold close to where it is milled therefore helping the local economies too.
Timber frame construction allows for a lot more space to place insulation than a double brick home which makes it easier to insulate, if you wish to put in the same insulation bats as a timber frame home you will sacrifice more floor space when building double brick. Also, timber itself can regulate temperatures quite quickly to ensure you use less energy on heating and cooling your home. I can vouch for this myself as I have lived in both timber frame and double brick homes, timber frames home really do heat up and cool down quite quickly, reliving the occupant from hot summer days or cool winter nights.
A double brick home has more thermal mass than a timber frame home, thermal mass is the ability to hold on to the elements i.e hot or cold temperatures. Which is great if you live in a cool climate as it retains heat from the sunshine for much longer, but do you really want to retain the heat longer into the night on a 40-degree day in Perth? Or would you prefer to cool the place down quickly and therefore more energy efficiently in a timber frame home?
Timber is overall the better choice for the environment and by deciding to build with this type of construction you are helping the environment around you, as well as your hip pocket.
If you want to know more about how timber frame could benefit you when building your home or next renovation or extension contact us at Distinct Renovations to find out how.
This is part one of a series of blogs explaining the benefits of building your new home or home extension using timber frame construction.
In the Perth Metro area of Western Australia, it is public knowledge that most people prefer to build their homes using double brick construction. I have written a blog comparing the two types of constructions here.
There are benefits to building with double brick and I don’t discount those benefits, however due to the negativity around building timber frame in Perth I am writing this series of blogs to enlighten people on each of the aspects of timber frame construction which I believe will benefit the owner who chooses to build with this type of construction.
The benefit discussed in this blog is based around the timing of building timber frame homes this benefit can further lead to overall build cost reductions.
Timber framed homes and extensions can be built much quicker than a double brick home. Complete house frames can be manufactured off site as pre-fabricated walls and roof truss and erected in a day or two on site. This alone saves significantly on labour time, as the trusses and wall frames can be made up off site while the building approval is going through council. This leads to a reduced cost of labour which can in some cases reduce the overall cost of the build.
When the stud wall is built on site by carpenters it is still much quicker than double brick as trades are not laying single bricks, brick by brick, and therefore no matter whether using pre-fabricated frames or building on site walls and roofs, timber frame construction is significantly quicker to build than double brick.
Brick internal walls must be plastered and white set and left for at least 2-3 weeks as a minimum before painting. In some cases, builders will advise on waiting months before painting the internal plastered walls due to potential cracks. Time is reduced significantly when constructing your home using timber frame as the internal walls are lined with Gyprock (plaster board) which is then flushed and painted within days.
Once the slab is poured on a double brick home you must wait close to one month before you can start laying bricks as the slab needs to cure, this is due to the sheer weight of all the bricks. Timber framing is a light weight construction method and therefore you can build on the slab the very next day if you wish. Which again results in time savings.
All the above time savings reduce the holding costs while you build. If you are building an investment property you can reduce the holding costs by on average $10,000+. In the case of a rental it means tenants in the property much quicker or with a on sell development, settlement on each property much quicker. That alone is enough to persuade most developers to build using timber frame construction.
Distinct Renovations have recently completed a custom 3x2 timber frame home in Craigie which was built in 12 weeks as part of a build and retain subdivision and the owner’s tenants moved in right after the painter took his last brush stroke!
If you are not wishing to build an investment property -even better! As you can move into your new home or renovation much quicker than the standard 6-12 months build time of most builders here in Perth. Distinct Renovations recently completed an extension in Mount Hawthorn and the owners were back living in their home within 2 months of demo day!
If you want to build a brand new custom home but don't want to wait years to move in or want a home extension but don’t like the idea of renting for 6 months before moving back in to your home, contact Distinct Renovations now to find out how we can help.
Distinct Renovations recently completed a retain and build subdivision in Craigie.
The subdivision involved a full renovation and extension to the front house. Distinct completely renovated the place and put in new windows, carpets, new open plan kitchen living area, new bathroom, extended the main bedroom adding on a timber frame ensuite.
The ensuite tied in well to help give the place a new contemporary look with a skillion roof and BGC Nuline cladding to the exterior.
A modern skillion roof carport and alfresco were constructed to the front and exterior of the home to give extra outdoor living space out the back and undercover parking out the front.
The front house had gone from an tired old 3 x 1 to a lovely new 3 x2 with newly sprayed roof, texture coat render on the exterior and fully painted throughout.
To gain access to the rear property an old asbestos and brick carport was dismantle and new paved drive was put in place.
The rear property consisted of a brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom and 2 car garage timber frame home.
The home was built using non-standard WA materials and techniques in mind. Being previously from Queensland we wanted to bring a little of the sunshine state appeal to WA to show what else is possible when constructing new homes other than the standard double brick homes built here today. The home has been likened to those down in the South West, typically Margaret River and Busselton.
Timber frame construction allowed us the flexibility to build such a home. The main feature of this home is the giant 4 meter skillion roof which slopes down to a 2.7meter ceiling to create a large open plan living space. The highlight windows in the open plan living along with the high roof really do justice to opening the space up making it seem larger than it is.
The home is made up of three bedrooms with a walk-in robe and ensuite to the main room, which is off to one side of the living area.
Down the hall on the other side of the living space is a main bathroom with bath and shower and two more bedrooms each with large built in robes, the two bedrooms are separated by a kid’s activity room/study. This allowing the home to have two generous living spaces.
The kitchen consists of lovely stone bench tops with an island bench in the middle and plenty of cupboard space along with a large pantry. The laundry is off to the side of the kitchen with plenty more storage which could also be used as a scullery. The laundry then leads to the double car garage which has an extra storage space added on to create even more storage.
For a small block the house packs a lot of punch and you really feel like you are in a much larger home. The home is 134 square meters of living space with a 43-square meter garage.
The exterior of the home was cladded in BGC Duragroove painted in white with a BGC Nuline feature cladding to the entry painted in charcoal. Also, the Alfresco area has a large exposed and stained timber beam which completes the homes incredible looking façade.
This home reflects three benefits of building with timber frame construction, number one is the time to build. From slab down to completion this home took just under 4 months or 16 weeks in total!
Benefit number two is the flexibility of timber and how easy it is to work with such intricate designs. And the final benefit in this case was cost. To build this exact home in double brick would have cost significantly more due to the complexities of heights and the holding costs while building would have been much higher due to timing. When building double brick vs timber frame construction, it takes significantly more time.
The above strategy is great if you are living in a rezoned area here in Perth or your current block allows you to subdivide.
If you are sick of living in your old home, you could build this in the back all while you stay living in the front home! Once moved into the back you can either rent out the front house for extra income or sell and pay down some of your mortgage.
If you are looking to build a new home and thinking of building a timber frame home contact Distinct Renovations now and find out how we can help.
Is your bathroom getting crowded in the morning?
Like the idea of having another bathroom but there is no room in your home to put it?
Why not do a small ensuite extension to your existing main bedroom?
Perth is full of older homes that have only one bathroom, Distinct Renovations try to make the cost of adding on a bathroom cost effective and time efficient to not interrupt your lifestyle.
Recently we completed a small ensuite extension to a customer’s existing home using timber frame construction we used BGC Nuline cladding on the exterior to give it a contrasting look to the double brick rendered exterior. Inside the ensuite consisted of a walk-in shower, 900mm vanity and a toilet. The tiling was a mix of modern grey concrete look tiles and large white wall tiles.
Wet areas are always the most expensive type of extension you can build due to the plumbing, tiling and special slab prep you must do such as screeding and waterproofing. Not to mention as with any extension there is the cost of a roof involved too! To help reduce the cost with this extension we added on a skillion colorbond roof which again created a modern contrast, to the tiled roof.
Above and beyond the expense everyone prefers a home with two bathrooms over just one, and therefore adding on an ensuite can add serious value to your home if you are looking at re selling in the future or if you want to increase the value of your home for other reasons.
Besides this point, how long can you handle living with just one bathroom? If you plan to stay in the home long term a combination of adding value to your home and having a second bathroom is more than enough to warrant paying for an extension.
Extending your home will involve development approvals through the council and building permits too. Therefore, it is important that you use a licensed builder and ensure they cover the work with home indemnity insurances to protect you and future owners of your home.
Due to the above mentioned added costs of building a wet area and initial work involved before the build starts, extensions can be costly.
Distinct Renovations help you through the whole process from start to finish to ensure you are well looked after. Renovating and extending your home can be stressful we make it less stress for you!
The above renovation was near on 6m2 of bathroom and cost the client $20,000. This included everything from start to finish. On completion there was nothing further the customer needed to do other than enjoy the tranquility of their new bathroom.
If the above ideas interests you and you want to know more contact us now.
Distinct Renovations believe that in order to be respectful to our environment it is best to build using timber frame construction.
Timber frame construction allows for more flexibility in design and will cost less in the short and long term, let us show you how.
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