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Extension on timber framed house
We would like to build a kitchen extension to our 18th century (not listed) timber-framed house. We are thinking it would be better to have a timber-frame extension, but is this so? We want to keep costs down and would like to know if a timber-frame extension would be more expensive than,say, block construction. We are not aiming to use reclaimed oak beams, or anything like that; simply a timber frame of modern materials, as it will be covered externally in shiplap timber. Would this type of constuction be a reasonably priced choice and would it be able to support a pitched clay tile roof? Any advice would be welcome.
Timber frame is more expensive than masonry construction . You would not encounter many problems in joining masonry construction to an old timber frame.
Answered 2nd Apr 2012
A timber framed extension is more expensive than block work, but regardless of it being listed or not I would always go for building like for like. a timber frame built properly is very strong & can easily support a clay tiled roof, It also has less problems with slight ground movement as block work can crack.
Answered 3rd Apr 2012