timber frame design

Timber Frame Design


Structural Timber Frame is a family-run business that offers an industry-leading timber frame design service to clients across Scotland and Northern England. We combine experience with cutting-edge technology and help bring your ideas to life. No matter how complex the project is, our team is ready to assist with our timber frame structural design service. 


As a highly skilled timber frame designer, we will work with you to create an easily built and structurally sound timber engineering solution. We combine our 40 years of industry experience and knowledge with modern design technologies to draw up accurate plans, offering you a visual representation of how the timber frame structure will look.

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Why Choose Structural Timber Frame for Timber Frame Design?


When it comes to innovative ideas, we have an eye for design that separates us from the competition. We draw upon our years of experience to offer a timber frame design solution that will meet and even exceed your expectations for timber engineering.


As a timber frame designer and specialist, Structural Timber Frame will remain involved from design to installation. We ensure your timber frame design matches your requirements exactly, providing excellent customer service and creating the perfect experience for every client. 


Designing a timber frame structure requires dedication and attention to detail, which are key skills our designers hold. They have experience with various timber frame design programmes, optimising timber frame structural design and construction tools for each project.


We want our clients to have innovative solutions from our timber frame designers, and our choice of design software allows us to do just that.

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Benefits of utilising Timber Frame Design


Timber is a non-toxic, organic and sustainable material in construction. It has a significantly low carbon footprint and is safe to handle. Timber frame structures are ecological, with suppliers dedicated to planting more trees than are felled. 


Milled worldwide, timber is available locally and won’t need to be transported very far. This prevents unnecessary vehicle emissions from being released into the environment. So despite choosing a timber frame structure, you are not contributing to carbon emissions or deforestation rates, as timber often grows quicker than it is used. Your project will remain sustainable regardless of size, and little to no construction waste is produced on each site. 


Whether you require timber engineering for an apartment block or whole housing development, we will listen carefully to your requirements in order to design a standard solution. 


Our team has developed a seamless link between the design, manufacture, and installation of structural timber frames. This means that during the design stage we take all manufacturing and installation considerations into account. 


We welcome the opportunity for clients to get involved with the timber frame design process, to ensure that the final product is exactly how they envisioned it. Converse with our timber frame designers and have complete control over your project. 


Contact our friendly team today to discuss the design, manufacture and installation of structural timber frame solutions.


    Timber Frame Design FAQs

    There are a variety of timber frame structural design softwares available when designing timber for construction. Eclosoft, Visual Building, Vertex BD and SEMA are all examples of software available to designers.

    The software choice depends on the features available and the cost of the programme, as the most expensive technology might not always create the best designs. With timber frame design software, the minutest details can be added to the structure.

    By designing it this way, you can easily change any aspects of the project before installation. It also prevents miscommunication, as the designs can be shared and worked on throughout the project.

    Using a timber frame structural design for your construction project is beneficial for multiple reasons. Better thermal performance can be achieved with timber frames, as they can heat up and cool down quicker than other materials.

    People also use timber frame structural designs as they are sustainable and high in quality, easily made from recycled material, and biodegrade in as little as 1 year. 

    Timber is a relatively cheap material, yet is it good for the environment and is energy efficient. Timber frame designs often take less time to complete, as the material is easy to construct and install.

    A timber frame designer uses their industry knowledge and experience to draw up accurate plans of a timber frame structure, creating a visual representation of how your project will look. They use timber frame designing software, such as Visual Building, SEMA and Vertex BD to come up with innovative designs for clients. 

    A timber frame designer will remain closely involved with the project from start to finish, communicating with both clients and internal staff. They are the key point of contact for your project and have the power to make changes to your design, with your consent.

    Timber frame designers must be skilled in design software, whilst being knowledgeable about timber frame construction. They ensure maximum safety for your project, complying with current building regulations and standards.

    Timber frame structures can be designed by you or by a timber frame designer. We encourage innovative designs, altered down to the last detail, but each structure must comply with building regulations and safety standards. 

    If you’re wanting to design your timber frame structure, contact Structural Timber Frame to start the process. From there, our team of designers will work with you to bring your idea to life. We have 40 years of experience within the construction industry and are the perfect choice for designing your timber frame structure.

    Timber frame designs can be used for plenty of construction projects. Whether you’re looking for a new shed or a new house, timber frames are the ideal choice. Timber frame designs are most often used on:

    • Garden Sheds
    • Garages
    • Homes
    • Workshops
    • Log Cabins
    • Flat Blocks


    Timber frame designs are not suitable for large structural spans.

    Construction Speed – Timber frame designs can be built quicker than other materials, such as brick or blocks. They are easy to install and can be constructed in lower temperatures. Where a project might need to pause, timber frame designs can continue.


    Sustainability – Timber is a highly sustainable material, classified as renewable and can be easily replaced with natural resources. While timber construction can contribute to deforestation, a balance is maintained as long as trees are planted in their place. 


    Strength – Timber frame structures are extremely strong and robust, and can even surpass the strength of steel. As long as these structures are built and constructed properly, there is no reason why timber shouldn’t be durable.

    Thermal Performance – Timber heats up and cools down much faster than other construction materials. Air pockets in the wood allows it to be a natural thermal insulator. In this sense, timber is also better than steel.

    Depending on the structure, what it is exposed to and what type of timber was used, you can expect your timber frame design to last up to 40 years.

    The industry standard is between 25 and 30 years, with the shortest lifespan at only 10. If a timber frame design was poorly installed it might not last as long, but if it was constructed to the highest standards it could remain standing for longer than 40 years. 

    These structures are designed to withstand earthquakes, hurricanes and other extreme weather fronts. If designed correctly, they can resist the elements.

    Timber frame designs often cost less overall than other construction materials, such as brick. This is due to a cheaper material cost, and reduced construction expenses. The installation of timber frame designs are quicker and therefore cost less. 

    The average price of timber frames is around £150/m2 of the internal floor area, but this figure will change depending on location and individual company prices.

    Structural Timber Frame offer a cost-effective timber frame design service, from creation to installation. Feel free to contact us for a quote or if you have any enquiries.