Adapting to changing needs

Houses need to be able to adapt to changes in the life stages of their occupants, as well as to wider changes in the way people live. 

Thanks to the light weight and modular structure of timber houses, loft conversion, adding an extra storey or an extension, removing a wall or just modernization, are simple and practical, while the dry lining used in timber construction means less waste and moisture.

In many cases a loft conversion is only possible in timber, where the low net weight and exceptional strength of wood elements ensure adequate load-bearing, even over considerable spans.

Timber construction reduces the construction time for extensions, and the light weight of the components means they can be delivered even to sites with severely restricted access. 

With the proper planning, not only windows and doors, but also many domestic installations can be integrated at the prefabrication stage.

A sound investment

Wooden houses are inexpensive to build and extend, and enjoy low running and maintenance costs over a long life span. Today the average service life of a wooden house is between 80 and 100 years, with some builders guaranteeing a lifetime of 125 years. Maintenance costs for timber buildings are no higher than for other types. Wooden facades, with or without a surface coating, merely require ordinary maintenance.