Structural Options to Consider for Your Self Build

Structural Options to Consider for Your Self Build

When planning your dream home, reviewing every aspect is incredibly important. Right down to the last switch, you should be choosing what you want your new home to look and be like. The overall structure of your build, therefore, has to be considered along with the design.

Architects Wigan advise considering which structural option is perfect for your build before deciding anything else as it can guide your entire build in the right direction. Not only that, but it can also affect the cost of your build, making it either cheaper for you or more expensive, depending on the materials you use.

Timber Wood  

Almost 22 percent of all new self-builds use this material, especially for eco-friendly projects. Using this method means not needing any internal load-bearing walls, as the frame acts as a superstructure to support the entire building.

Ideal for building open plans, with several different construction methods to choose from, such as green oak, timber frame and post-and-beam. With all of this in mind, you may need to consider searching for external help with this part of the build, as timber framing is regarded as specialist skill.

Brick & Stone

Brick and stone are considered the most popular build option in the UK, with 70% of new homes opting for this material. The brick makes up a whole outer brick ‘skin’ and an inner ‘skin’. These two skins are then held together by wall ties.

Although popular, this process can take up to 15 weeks more to make than using other materials, meaning using more money. If you’re looking for cheap, brick isn’t the material to use.

Insulating Concrete Formwork

Hollow blocks are stacked individually, interlocking to create a mould that can then be filled with ready-made concrete for a fast and efficient build. This could be DIY friendly, with the correct training been given by ICF suppliers.

ICF is designed to be a quick and cheap solution, so even if you have a crew working on the project, you will still be able to save yourself some money on labour costs in comparison to other methods. Once your concrete is set, you can then finish it with your choice of cladding.

Structural Insulated Panels

Structural insulated panels are made up of two layers, bonded around an inner core of insulating material. These panels are prefabricated in a factory, saving you time and money. Many self-builders use this structured method, as they are well known for being particularly sturdy.

SIPs are growing in popularity in recent years, as a wrap-around for structural timber frames, combining the airtightness with the attractive beam-work.

Contact Fairtech Contracting Today for Your Architects Wigan

Speak to your architects Wigan today for advice on which structural property will best suit your new home and your needs, saving you money and time in the process. As well as providing services and advice in architectural design, Fairtech Contracting LTD also offers services such as on-site work, extension plans and civil engineering design.

Phone Fairtech Contracting Ltd on 0151 321 1986 now for advice or services to help you with your new build or project.