About Norfolk Timber Frames Ltd.
My name is Tom Dixon the Managing Director of Norfolk Timber Frames Ltd.
I manage a small business with a highly skilled team dedicated to meeting all your requirements.
I have 20 years of experience across many facets of the Construction Industry and I pride myself in offering personal attention to detail on every project I undertake from single dwellings to multi dwelling sites. I have worked on everything from barn conversions, public houses, court houses, grade II and Grade A Listed Buildings, new builds, extensions, commercial buildings to blocks of flats.
We are a company that specialises in bespoke timber frame buildings.
There are two different types of timber framing. The first is stick build which is a treated softwood superstructure that is nailed, bolted and glued together and gets covered up internally normally with plasterboard and is either rendered or timber clad or have a brick skin externally.
The second is post & beam construction that is normally oak or Douglas Fir that is traditionally jointed and pegged together and is mainly left exposed internally. This method is the Rolls Royce of Timber Framing and is beautiful and very strong. It is the most labour intensive and expensive of the two.
Stick build construction being the quickest and cheapest method, when finished you would never know it is timber framed except for the fact that timber frames have a much warmer feel to them than traditional brick and block construction because of the way they retain heat.
It is possible to combine stick build and post and beam construction to keep costs down but still have some lovely feature structural wood exposed.
We build timber frames for Developers, Builders and Self Builders.
What we do
With stick build construction all we need is the Architect drawings (ideally in CAD form) then my Timber Frame Designer converts them into working drawings along with the structural calculations and timber frame certificate, this normally takes around 3 weeks, we then build the frame on site from scratch. The advantages of making on site are:-
- We attend site early on and help set out the foundations and block work, and levels to make sure it is all correct to work with the superstructure.
- Accuracy on all dimensions, the structural OSB 3 boarding is fitted in situ which makes for a much more accurate frame for plumb and level
- Ability to re-configure openings i.e, doorways, windows, non load bearing walls, ceiling heights to suit floor make-ups.
- Frame is finished with any extra studs and noggins ready for plaster boarding internally.
- We can also offer the service of fitting any facia and soffit and valley boards.
- A custom built timber frame normally takes between 4-6 weeks to get weather tight.
- Helps towards the sustainability codes enforced by many Councils as part of the planning conditions.
- Can be built in very hot to very cold temperatures as appose to brick and block construction.
- Plumbers, electricians, plasterers etc can carry on internally while the external finish is being worked on.
- We only use treated softwood on our stick builds with Chain of Custody Certificate for Timber
- All relevant timber frame drawings and structural calculations and timber frame certificate supplied
- Full customer satisfaction
Post and Beam construction has to be mainly fabricated off site due to the time needed to cut all the joints, as we make and install the frames ourselves any adjustments on site can be made without any issues.
We are experienced in direct glazing on Oak Frames which is by far the best and most stable method for glazing green oak frames.
Get in Touch
Raising your Horizons
10 Banyards Place, Runcton Holme,
Mobile: 07884 220871
Home: 01553 409934
Benefits of Timber Frame Construction
Why Choose Timber Frame
- Excellent resistance to rot and insect damage
- Amazing durability
- Quality timber from sustainable sources
- Efficient on-site assembly
- Improve Health & Safety on-site
- Minimal Wastage of time, money and materials
- Airtight construction
- Meets (and exceeds) all building regulations
Timber is organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable
Timber from sustainable sources is beneficial to the environment
Energy savings before and after moving in
Natural materials have good insulation for wide-ranging climates
Minimal environmental damage during carriage and construction
Waste and 'end of life' wood is fully recyclable.
Speed of Construction
Timber frame construction is 30% faster than brick and block - giving you a quicker return on investment, less disruption for the local community and tidier, safer and more efficient building sites.
A typical timber frame house can be weather-tight in less than 5 days. The first and second fixing can be made inside while the exterior skin of brick or cladding is applied. Other trades can do their jobs at an earlier and predictable time with timber frame construction.
Timber frame construction results in improved supply chain integration - giving more opportunities for working in partnership, better control and project savings.
Over 70% of people in the developed world live in timber-framed housing and, in the USA and Canada, 90% of low-rise buildings are made from timber frame. As the cost of timber frame construction is far less than brick and build it is the fastest-growing building system in the UK.
Timber frame construction can save you costs through:
- Reduced on-site construction - up to 30% faster than conventional method
- Less wastage of materials
- Greater control of the construction process and project budget savings
- Cost-effective transport of materials.
- Using natural materials, like timber, will give improved insulation - which will also save energy costs throughout the life of the building.