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The Freedom to Build Your Home, Your Way
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Thirty years ago a few discerning home owners, architects, builder, developers and other construction professionals began to recognise the value of using timber to construct high comfort, energy saving, draft free, affordable homes.
Emulating Scandinavian, Swiss, North American and other countries where extreme weather conditions have made this an essential choice when specifying both new and rebuild projects, firms were established to import fully manufactured wooden houses. Many were adapted to mimic the appearance of brick and block 'wet build' properties, perceived at that time by agents and lending institutions as necessary to secure future marketability. But today the excessive caution of these institutions is shown to have been completely unfounded.
Timber frame is now the fastest growing sector of the building industry. With wood and wood composite materials produced by an environmentally conscious sustainable forests industry, the UK Timber Frame Association reported a 25% increase in output for 2002. This is not surprising, since with over 70% of the rest of the world opting for timber frame, the UK has a lot to catch up from its present base of 12%.
Freed from the constraints of former years Green Dream Homes now brings all forward thinking home owners, developers, architects, self builders, specifiers and their financiers the ability to choose from the best of all possible worlds. By combining the most advanced methods and materials with our advanced timber technologies and designs we offer a choice of specifications, styles, and timber frame 'kit' home packages on a self select menu package basis for selfbuilders, contractors, select site developers and others. You choose the type and size of wood to be used, what timber treatments you want applied (if any), how and when your house should be insulated, what type and finish you want for your windows and doors, whether you want solar, geothermal or multi fuel heating, heat recovery, windmill or photo-voltaic electricity, high energy saving glass, and so on.
With freedom to design your own home exactly as you want it, subject to any local planning constraints you can have medieval green oak timbering, soaring ceilings, or straw bale insulation. And all the time you can select just what finish, standard and costs you wish to use, knowing that they will all be manufactured, delivered and erected to the highest possible timberframe standards.
Locate your own building site, or use our extensive connections and facilities to find plots of land for you. Use a local surveyor to check the size, soil and site conditions, as well as access restrictions, or use our specialist site surveying services. Check things out with the local planning officers yourself, or work with our national team of professional planners to do this for you. Appoint your own architect, or work up your design direct with our highly experienced technical timber frame design specialists. Engage a main building contractor and/or sub contractors direct, or use our nationwide network of approved builders for the general building and finishing works. Handle excavations, foundations and drainage designs and works on a local basis, or use our design and build services to get you 'out of the ground' in the cheapest and quickest way possible. Use your builders or a local carpenters to erect the scaffolding and timber frame, or let our experienced, specialist teams take the worries of co-ordination and completion off your hands. Wait for your own roofing contractors to felt, batten and tile your house, or let our erection teams cover the roof before fitting the windows and doors to leave you with a wind and watertight structure that you can use for secure storage. Look after all of the above - and more - yourself, or appoint us to 'project manage' your development.
Get the freedom to build your home, your way now. Start by reviewing the sample plans and styles in this section, then choose what specifications you might like, move on to linking this to the site or choice of general location you have in mind, and consider what you think might be the best way to design and build your Green Dream Home.
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