Q: How strong is a Timber Home?
- Timber houses are extremely strong and can endure most weather conditions.
- The case of an earthquake and on impact a Timber Home is safer than a brick and mortar structure.
Q: What foundations does a Timber Home have?
Foundations can be a concrete slab or Pole type. Pole foundations are much more cost effective and less expensive than a concrete slab. On average a 100m2 dwelling will cost much less on Poles than Slabs. Pole foundations are also better in clay and sand.
Q: How long does it take to erect a Timber Frame Home?
Depending on terrain, location, size and conditions it would take approximately 6 to 12 weeks to complete the construction.
Q: What about Insurance?
There are no implications when it comes to insuring a Timber Frame Home.
Q: What about Bank Finance?
Bonds are obtainable from all financial institutions provided that the structure complies with the SANS10082 and that the builder is registered with the Timber Frame Builders Association.
Q: Is a Timber Home unsafe incase of a fire?
- No. Timber can withstand temperatures of up to 2000°C. At this temperature brick and mortar as well as steel are already in trouble. Steel starts bending and buckling at between 800° to 900°.
- Timber frame structures are designed to limit the flow of air in the wall and floor cavities thus slowing down the rate of the fire and limiting the damage and allowing evacuation.
- Timber maintains its structural integrity long after the brick and mortar in a typical masonry built house has suffered severe cracking.
- Timber has a predictable charring rate of approximately 3mm per minute for soft wood.
Q: What about termites and insects?
Timber is treated with CCA (copper, chrome and arsenic) to H2 or H3 standards. This treatment will withstand exposure to the elements, moisture, ground content and biological degradation and insects.
Q: What about cold and heat?
- Timber is a natural insulator with the ability to gain or lose heat slowly. Timber cushions temperature changes. Timberís thermal efficiency is as much as 6 to eight times greater than that of masonry construction.
- Timber buildings are extremely energy efficient. The hollow wall cavities, ceilings and even sub floor spaces are heavily insulated resulting in decreased heating needs.
Q: What wood do you use in a Timber Frame Home?
Particular wood species such as Pine, Mahogany, Saligna, Balau and Teak are naturally resilient to decay and can be shaped into any form you require.
Q: Do you have a model range available?
Yes: We start off with a cabin and then add- on rooms and features up to your requirements. Most customers have a basic plan of what they need. We then assist in bringing the concept together. Plans from all over the planet are freely available on the internet and makes a decision very easy. All we need is a floorplan from there-on we design the house or cabin in Timberframe or Logs.
Q: Pricing? What is the price off? --- Say-- for instance a--- 150m≤ house?
A: Pricing is subject to all the same factors as in the case of conventional building methods. Design, Construction, Material type, and a host of unknown fields play a roll. It is IT IS MUCH MORE COST EFFECTIVE than conventional building methods because TIME and LABOUR which is normally THE GREY AREA is REDUCED by approximately 3 to 6 times. MATERIAL WASTE is almost NON EXISTENT! LOGISTICS to the site is now a ONCE - OFF trip. A 245m≤ House Kit fits on a 30 ton truck.
Q: What is supplied in your kits?
Basic kits consist of:
A unit off (150m2) can be erected up to the point where the Roof is Covered the Exterior is Cladded, the Floors are in place, Interior Walls ready and finishing can Start. This part in the conventional way of building lasts on average 4months with 12 people. Now it will take 4 people approximately 4 weeks only!
- Timberwall frames incl/ext
- Logwalling int/ext
- Exterior cladding
- Roof trusses
- Door and window openings to your spec
- Complete floor framing
- Floor cover TONGUE ĖAND- GROOVED
- Exposed decorative roof interior (if ordered)
- Deck frame if applicable plus handrailing Standard Kit only
- Staircase where necessary
Q: Who is the Kit Home/Cabin Builder?
For the Kit part only Semi- skilled -Labour is needed
- A builder of your choice
- You as DIY
- BLOGHAUS preference builders suggested by BLOGHAUS
Q: Why should I build a Kit Home supplied by BLOGHAUS?
Quality, Craftsmanship and Integrity will be written in the ESTHETICS of your BLOGHAUS end-product
- Because you Can
- Because it is Elegant and Beautiful
- It saves money and lasts as long as any other house
- Developments with numerous units can finish projects 3-6times faster