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Hiring a tradesman for timber framed construction
Constructing a timber framed property requires solid experience and qualifications in carpentry and joinery. Finding a specialist tradesman for the job may seem like it would be a long and boring task, but using Plentific makes it much quicker and easier. The plentific website offers a service that can quickly generate a bespoke list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer the skills you need for your job. You will also get convenient access to customer ratings and reviews for each of your choices to help you compare them and make your final hire with confidence.
What do you need to know about timber framed construction?
There are a lot of advantages to a timber framed construction: less CO2 will be produced than with a brick build, and you will also have much more flexibility with the design of your property. Many suppliers will sell pre-designed ‘sets’ of timber framed buildings, but this can be an expensive option. It is important that your tradesman be a specialist: architects and other tradesmen not used to timber framed construction may be able to do the job, but it will take much longer and cost you more.
The cost of timber framed construction, not including design costs, is calculated differently by different tradesmen: some focus on the gross area of the construction, others the thickness of the walls, and so on. It is important to get several quotes, and try to make sure they have been calculated on the same basis. Also try to get as close to a firm quote as possible rather than an estimate. Simple designs will mean lower construction costs, though do not simply go for the lowest price offered: you will need to make sure the constructed frame is fully sealed and treated.
Once again, hiring a specialist is key, so ask about the qualifications and experience of each of your choices. A tradesman or business may belong to a national organisation such as the UK Timber Frame Association. This is good evidence of expertise, as such groups usually enforce high standards and codes of conduct for their members. If you are working with an architect it is important that they have public liability insurance; the same goes for any tradesmen hired to survey your site. All of your tradesmen should have adequate coverage against accidental damage and liabilities, as well as warranties for their work.