Over the past few years the number of houses, renovations and home extensions being built in Perth has been on the decline due to the economy slipping after the mining boom and many people leaving for the Eastern states.
However, the number of homes built using timber frame construction have been on the increase.
Timber frame construction is fast becoming a popular “alternative” method to build here in Perth Metro due to the many benefits of such a type of construction. Many of the larger builders are also jumping on board the wave of timber frame homes and adding this to their offering, namely when building second story homes. The bigger builders are realising building a concrete sub floor and double bricks upstairs can be very costly, which turns off a lot of potential customers.
Some have predicted that timber frame construction will make up 10% of the Perth building approvals market this year. This is well up on the 3% back in 2015/16. Further to this some researchers have suggested this will jump to 20% in five years to come.
Distinct Renovations predominantly focus on timber frame building for most of their work. They have been a strong advocate of this type of building method since starting in Perth back in 2012.
Since the 1970’s double brick masonry construction has been the go to type of building method for homes built in sandy Perth. The advantages for this type of construction have been the durability, safer in the event of fires and keeps termites at bay. However, with changes in technology and products becoming termite resistant, cladding's to homes becoming fire resistant and a new wave of durable hard wearing and strong cladding's to homes these benefits are no longer over riding decisions to build with brick.
Adding to the above points future proofing of houses calls for light weight construction methods which are more environmentally friendly. The future of housing is pointing toward more sustainable and energy efficient homes. Building using bricks is a far cry from energy efficiency!
Why you ask- Think of the manufacturing it takes to make bricks and the effects of this on the environment surrounding. Compare this with timber which is a material sourced from nature. Also worth noting is that when you build with timber the carbon is stored in the timber and better for the environment. See what Peter Madison of Grand designs has to say about building with timber here.
Timber is the better choice by far when you look to the future and the environment.
However, forget the environment for just one second and all the other benefits noted above. How would you like to build your next renovation, home extension or brand new custom-built home for cheaper and far quicker? Sounds Good? Well these too are other benefits of building using timber frame construction.
Timber frame construction is much quicker to build than double brick due to its flexibility and light weight type of construction. Further to this timber fame homes can be built off site in factories which are not weather dependent and assembled in days on site.
You can see now why builders are leaning more towards building using timber frame construction methods. At Distinct Renovations we question the WA double brick obsession all the time???
So, if you think like us and want to build your next home using timber frame construction you need to be mindful of who you build with. It is imperative you select your builder right and chose one who understands timber, preferably a qualified carpenter/builder to supervise and build your home. Timber frame construction is different to double brick and you need to ensure it is built to standard and with the attention to detail that is required.
If this has got you thinking and you have further questions about building a home using timber frame construction email us now or give us a call and we can help you with your questions.
If you want to read more about timber frame construction vs double brick read our most popular blog here.
Distinct Renovations have been building home renovations and extension for clients all over Perth for several years. We are specialist in home extensions and renovations and believe that we have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to how you should prepare and what to expect when going into you next renovation or home extension.
Below are the top 5 things to consider when thinking of your next build project
1. Have a clear idea on your home renovation or extension budget
This is the most important factor to consider in the initial stages. Having a clear idea on budget from the start allows you to work with your builder and architect to get the best build for what you can afford.
It is important to ensure you; your builder and your architect are all on the same page and understand what your build budget is.
It is no good to start with an extravagant design only to be let down at quote stage finding out you cannot afford it. We believe it is important to start with the renovation budget and then follow on with choosing your builder as they can help to assist along with the architect or draftsperson when it comes to building methods and materials to ensure you stick to budget.
So, go ahead and speak with your bank or mortgage broker or allocate your savings right, before going any further. As doing it the other way around could lead to disappointment before you even start building your renovation or home extension.