This page will help the self-builder to understand the basic procedure for completing a home. It is not difficult as Timber Engineering Europe look after all the structural elements for you.

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  1. We receive an enquiry from you for your or your clients project. All we require at this stage is basic requirements, for instance m2 of total proposed property, how many floors and roof shape. If you have any drawings or sketches - so much the better. Once we have this information, we issue a BUDGET QUOTE and a KIT DESCRIPTION
  2. If you wish to pursue the quote, we work with you until we have basic finished scale or dimensioned drawings of your project
  3. Our engineers take the drawings and produce a set of calculations that take into account several different facts and figures. For instance the exact location of the subject property is researched via channels at our disposal and then extreme conditions are calculated along with "stresses and strains" the building will endure in the course of its life. Once the calculations and instructions are issued, the job passes on to:
  4. The design department, who generate drawings of all the components required and what goes where, using the information provided in the engineers documents.
  5. The completed sets of drawings then go into the factory, ready for the kit to be manufactured.
  6. A soleplate drawing is sent to the client (or his agent) for approval and acceptance. On return of this document, manufacture commences.
  7. A copy of the drawings and erecting specifications are supplied to the site erecting team and we deliver the kit to site and commence erecting immediately.
  8. The erecting period obviously differs depending on the size of the property concerned, but an average detached 4-bed house would take around 6 days
  9. Our engineer and the client or the client's representatives, carry out a final inspection and when the installation is approved and "signed off" the roofer and window installer complete their part of the project making the superstructure a wind-tight and rain proof envelope. At this stage, internal works can commence immediately
  10. Within a couple of weeks the internal works can begin, the electrician and plumber being the first. They can first-fix all pipes and cables very quickly indeed as all the walls, eco-joists and roof trusses are open at this stage, and then insulation and boarding can begin.


The above would also include all other necessary smaller components such as wind bracing, head-binders, noggins and any other item specified by the designer. The average build time for this example, from kit arriving on site to occupation should be around 12-14 weeks. We have several projects that have been completed in 8/ 9 weeks.

The Construction of a Timber Frame House is quite simple and can be broken down into modules as follows:

The Groundwork consists of excavating drain runs, service trenches and foundations. Next the drains/services are laid but not connected. Next, strip foundation is concreted and the Bricklayer will bring the load-bearing brick/block walls to DPC. All is then backfilled, and the site leveled.

Once the slab is complete and an allowance has been made for the services/utilities in and out, the timber frame is erected by Timber Engineering Europe. This consists of External Walls, Internal Walls, 1st floor joists and decking, plus roof trusses.

Next we call for the roofer to complete the roof-scape.

Then the External doors and the windows go in, we now have a sealed envelope, so internal works can commence, irrespective of what may be happening outside (bad weather - lack of bricks, Building Inspector can't make it, or whatever reason)

On completion of this stage, the Electrician & Plumber are called in to 1st Fix. This means all the pipe work and cables which will carry power and water are run through eco-joists and into the stud wall voids. Nothing is connected at this stage.

Immediately the joiner moves in to 1st fix Stairs, Door Frames, and Window Linings. May install floating floor on Slab. External Fascias & Soffits.

Once complete, the plasterer moves in to insulate between the studs and joists. He then boards the ceilings and walls internally and skims the boards or prepares for a dry-line finish, which accepts a paint coat.

The Bricklayer by this time will have commenced on the outside skin, or if this is to be rendered, the Plasterer moves from inside on completion of the plastering, to commence render on exterior.

Joiner returns to final fix doors, skirts and architraves, along with the Tiler. The Kitchen Fitter will appear at this stage.

Electrician returns to do final fix - lights and power sockets, wire up any machinery make connections.

Plumber returns to do final fix - install and connect all White ware, Heating, Soils & Wastes. Makes mains connections.

On completion of the above, the Painters start.
Any externals quoted for e.g. Paths, Fences, Landscaping. Last is snagging and final inspections, prior to handover.

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Converting timber into a useable building material takes far less energy and creates minimal pollution compared to other mainstream alternatives such as aluminium, steel, concrete and brick.

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