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Why working with us is RISK FREE

Because of our many years experience in this industry we know how to avoid all the problems and potholes that you could meet during the planning, design and construction of your new home. Here we explain how you are protected by us whether you choose:

  1. Self build route
  2. Project managed route
  3. Turnkey route

Our architect has an on-going responsibility to you for the building design.
Our chartered engineers are responsible for the whole life of the Timber Frame design element.
Our designers are responsible for the panel/roof design.
Our builders are responsible to you for a 5 period and a defect guarantee is in place for this period.
All the above hold PI (Professional Indemnity) insurance against negligence and/or client claim, so any future problems - you are covered.

IN ADDITION to this, Timber Engineering Europe have arranged with a leading insurance provider registered at Lloyds in London to supply a TEN YEAR Building defect warranty (Decennial). This only applies to Buildings that contain a Timber Engineering Europe super-structure and the building has been overseen by us during construction. This warranty covers the whole completed building and is only available thorough us. Our decennial is the equivalent to the NHBC and Zurich policies issued in the UK.

It is extremely unlikely that any faults will occur in your new home, because of the safeguards built into engineered construction, prior to commencement. For example, all designs are undertaken using licensed stand alone computer software which means that if the design is accepted by the programme, then the building will be correct. All components are made off-site and checked and tested in the factory prior to dispatch to site.
Several site progress inspections and a final sign off are required for the timber frame part of the project, and as all the load-bearing and structural elements are incorporated into the timber frame package, little else can go wrong, and in order to make sure it doesn't, your architect conducts inspections at regular intervals and so does the appointed inspector from the Building Defect Warranty suppliers.

Timber Engineering Europe also make regular site visits to monitor progress and are always on hand to discuss any issues arising with your appointed builder. The main cause of site problems is the clients need to alter or change the agreed designs - this can be very costly as a minor change can affect windows, lintels, brick courses and load bearing capacities, not to mention kitchen layouts etc. Even a small alteration of the design or layout can result in the project having to go back to the architects and engineers for a re-design and not only is this expensive and time consuming, it does not build a good relationship with your builder. Language difficulties and misunderstandings are common so it pays to deal with Timber Engineering Europe who will appoint a bi-lingual contact who is normally a qualified and practicing architect or contracts manager from within our own organization, who understands Modern Methods of Construction and even more important - what is required by local building control departments and under the local building codes.

Building your home is a pleasurable experience and should not be spoiled by petty arguments with the builders, and this is avoided by communication and agreement, BEFORE you start. Problems (we call them "situations we need to address") will still arise, of course they will, but they are ALL easy to resolve if attended to immediately and this is where our vast experience kicks in. In more than 40 years in the industry the writer has built hundreds of properties in different countries, and problems always have a habit of popping up - only to be promptly resolved. If this article has made you consider the possibility of building abroad, but not answered all your questions, feel free to contact us and we will supply any information you require, without obligation and completely free of charge.

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For every cubic metre of wood used instead of other building materials,
0.8 tonne of CO2 is saved from the atmosphere.

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