TIMBER FRAME, KINGSPAN TEK / UNIDEK (SIPS) AND GLULAM SPECIALISTS
Lowfield Timber Frames Ltd is an established manufacturer and supplier of high quality, bespoke Timber Frame Kits, (SIPS) Structural Insulated Panel Systems, and also complex Glulam Structures. Timber Frame and SIPS can be used in the construction of residential houses, care homes, schools, hotels as well as other commercial and industrial premises.
Timber Frame and SIPS can also be supplied for use in a variety of other applications such as Infill Cladding Panel over steel and concrete primary frames.
Lowfield Timber Frames Ltd is an official Kingspan TEK and Kingspan Unidek, National Delivery Partner.
Timber Framed Houses
Fleming Homes have over 25 years experience in the design and manufacture of "one off" timber frame kit houses, designed to your individual requirements.
We like to think that we do things differently from most manufacturers. Not only do we have a reputation for high quality timber frame products
, we also have an extensive range of in-house design services
that distinguishes us as more than just a timber frame manufacturer.
Our range of solutions starts with a bespoke design service
. This can include our comprehensive planning
and building regulations
service in additional to the construction design
- all of which is undertaken ‘in-house’ offering a cost effective solution that is managed by a single point of contact. Our skilled technicians can also carry out their process from your architects plans.
Most importantly our products and services are supplied with a unique personal touch
. Self-building can be a life changing experience and we always appreciate being a part of the process. There is nothing more rewarding than doing a great job that helps see our clients happy in their new home.
Taylor Lane uses standard platform frame construction. This utilises a soleplate to provide an accurate template onto which the timber frame can be fixed down to. It also secures the DPC in position, protecting it from damage. The number of layers of sole plates required is determined by whether insulation is used in the ground floor make up, but generally our most common detail is a single soleplate as this reduced shrinkage in the frame.
Sole plates are either shot fired to the concrete slab (single sole plate), fixed down using soleplate angles or drilled and plugged.
The soleplates are treated with a preservative (VAC VAC) to prevent deterioration of the timbers. Sole and Top plates lap with the frames to help tie the whole structure together.
Timber frame panels are manufactured in the factory for accuracy. All frame timbers are structural grade C16. Frame studs are usually @ 600c/c although internal sheathed panels have studs @ 400c/c to prevent deformation created by the sheathing. Panels generally do not exceed 3.6m long to aid handling on site by erectors but panels can be made larger if and when required.
External wall panels utilise 90 or 140mm studs with an external layer of sheathing. The sheathing is generally 9mm OSB but others can be supplied including Plywood. Breather paper is then fitted using polypropylene tape and stainless steel staples. The red tape marks out the stud positions so that studs can easily be found when adding wall ties to the panels.
Internal load bearing wall panels usually utilise 90mm studs but sometimes comprise of 140mm studs. Engineers may also call up studs at different centres to increase load bearing or wind resistance capacity.
External and internal load bearing panels as called up by the engineer have softwood or engineered timber lintels and in some cases steel lintels are used, these can in most cases be factory fitted, but sometimes are sent loose if deemed unsuitable for transportation.
Internal non-load bearing wall panels utilise either 90 or 63mm studs. These are left unsheathed and can have a central row of noggins to help restrain them if required.
Going underground in the Dordogne
CTC Cycling Holidays
has a wide range of exciting tours both at home and abroad this summer. France, Dordogne Valley, Lot & Correze
from Saturday 21 May 2016 to Sunday 29 May 2016 includes castles, half-timbered houses, limestone uplands, oak forests, hilltop towns with narrow streets and breathtaking views plus a visit to the Gouffre de Padirac, an awe-inspiring cave accessed by a lift to a lake 103 metres underground, and Fenelon Castle, a fine example of a fortification typical of the area.
method of building in which external and internal walls are constructed of timber frames and the spaces between the structural members are filled with such materials as brick, plaster
, or wattle and daub
. Traditionally, a half-timbered building was made of squared oak timbers joined by mortises, tenons, and wooden pegs; the building’s cagelike structural skeleton is often strengthened at the corners with braces. This method of timber framing
was adapted to both low, rambling country homes and six- or seven-storied buildings in crowded towns. In the 20th century a modified version of the method was still being used, in which light sills, studs, and joists only 2 inches (5 cm) thick are nailed together to make the house’s frame in place of the old pegged girts, beams, and braces. Where only the decorative effect of half-timber work is desired, boards are applied to a wall surface in a sham version of the old structural pattern.
Half-timbering is a way of constructing wood frame structures with the structural timbers exposed. A half-timbered building wears its wood frame on its sleeve. The wooden wall framing—studs, cross beams, and braces—are exposed to the outside, and the spaces between the wooden timbers are filled with plaster, brick, or stone. Originally a common type of building method in the 16th century, half-timbering has become decorative and non-structural in designs for today's homes.
Definition of Half-Timbered:
"Descriptive of buildings of the 16th and 17th cent. which were built with strong timber foundations, supports, knees, and studs, and whose walls were filled in with plaster or masonry materials such as brick."—Dictionary of Architecture and Construction, Cyril M. Harris, ed., McGraw-Hill, 1975, p. 241
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Half-Timbered Houses, Probably at Trarbach; Houses and Gate Tower, Trarbach1824
Repairing Half Timbered Property
The Birmingham branch of Peter Cox has developed
extensive experience of repairing the facades of traditional
black and white half timbered properties which are a regular
feature in the rural West Midlands - Herefordshire,
Worcestershire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.
These buildings have a structural timber frame, usually oak,
with infill panels of either wattle and daub, plaster or local
brick. In many instances the infilling is rendered and the
framing timbers are often stained black. Over the years the
exposed timbers can suffer from woodworm attack and
fungal decay (wet or dry rot).