Timber Frame Builders Perth
Thinking of building a new home, renovating, or extending your existing?
Read on for insight into the differences between timber frame construction and double brick construction.
In Western Australia, especially in and around the Perth area it has long been thought that double brick construction is the best form of construction. Most volume builders in Perth will only build using this method.
On the contrary the majority of residential builders Australia wide prefer using timber framed construction or steel framed construction methods.
Double brick construction has its benefits as does timber framed construction.
It will depend on several variables as to what you chose as a building method and each person will have their own opinion and preferences.
This comprehensive comparison will help you to make your decision.
Double brick construction
Double brick construction consists of two panels of masonry which can be made of clay bricks, cement bricks and or concrete blocks. The outer layer can be rendered masonry or face brick with no need to render.
There is a cavity in between the two panels to stop moisture from getting between the outer and inner panels, steel brick ties join the panels together.
The advantages of double brick construction:
The disadvantages of double brick construction:
Timber Frame construction
Timber framed construction is the method of building structures using heavy timbers. Timber framed buildings can be lined internally with Gyprock or you may wish to do reverse brick veneer and use bricks as the internal wall which better improves the solar passive design.
The external can be cladded using several materials depending on the design you are after.
Insulation fills the gap between the exterior cladding and the Gyprock.
The advantages to timber framed construction:
The disadvantages of timber framed construction:
Since writing this blog back in early 2017 I have now moved out of a solid double brick home and into a lovely brand new timber frame home with lovely high raking ceilings. I wanted to update this blog to let everyone know, first hand how amazingly quick it is to cool your home down on those hot summer nights we have in Perth.
We open the doors and windows at night and due to the lightweight construction our home can cool down in a matter of minutes which is much quicker than any air-conditioner could do in a double brick home! The house then remains cool over night.
Timber frame constructed homes may be "light weight" in construction but I can assure anyone thinking of building one that they are more comfortable to live in when compered to double brick homes. Not too mention the electricity and gas bills which are reduced due to less energy wasted on heating and cooling!
I hope this blog article has helped you decide on which form of construction you will chose on your next project. Distinct Renovations prefer to build with timber framed construction, based on the above benefits particularly for the energy efficiency and the environmental impacts.
However, being builders in Perth we understand the love of bricks and can also work with double brick, brick veneer, reverse brick veneer or any construction method which you prefer.
If you have any questions or want to discuss your next project please contact us now.
Timber Frame Builders Perth