Timber Frame Design

timber frame design

Timber Frame Design Service


Structural Timber Frame is a privately run manufacturing business that offers an industry-leading timber frame design service to clients across Scotland and Northern England.


We merge together experience with cutting-edge technology to 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 highly skilled designers in timber frames, we will work with you to create an easily built and structurally sound timber engineering solution.


Furthermore, 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 manufacturer, Structural Timber Frame will remain involved from design to installation. Moreover, we ensure your design matches your requirements exactly. Thus, 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. We have experience with various design programmes, optimising timber frame structural design and timber frame 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


There are a plethora of reasons why timber is a great material to use when it comes to designing structures.


Timber is the only natural material which stores carbon and can be used for construction.  It is a non-toxic and organic material suitable for low to medium rise construction. In addition, the softwood products we use are all sourced from environmentally friendly suppliers, who carry relevant chain of custody certification. Essentially our suppliers are ensuring that for every tree felled there is another one planted.


Timber frame structures are also easy to insulate.  Timber frame walls can be made of varying thicknesses of timber and can therefore accommodate varying thicknesses and types of insulation to provide whatever level of thermal efficiency the project architect would like to achieve.  This means it’s easy to build a more energy efficient structure by using timber frame construction.


Ultimately timber frame structures are a major opportunity for everyone to reduce carbon emissions through carbon storage within the timber whilst using less energy to run an occupied building.


Designing Your Timber Frame Structure with Us


Whether you require timber frame structures manufacturing for an apartment block or whole housing development, our timber frame design team will listen carefully to your requirements in order to produce a standard solution.


Moreover, 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.


At Structural Timber Frame, we welcome the opportunity for clients to get involved with the timber frame design process, to ensure that the final product is exactly how you 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 you if you’re a timber frame designer.

    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. When using software to create your timber structure, the minutest details can be added to the design.

    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.

    Additionally, 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 it is good for the environment and is energy efficient. Moreover, 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. Furthermore, 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 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

    However, they 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, a timber frame design 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 allow 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 structure 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-based structural 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 is quicker and therefore costs 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 service, from creation to installation. Feel free to contact us for a quote or if you have any enquiries.