Living in a modern timber frame home

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This publication will help timber frame companies and insurance organisations encourage homeowners to look after their homes by understanding better how they are built. This document covers a number of key topics including how to check if the house is timber frame, how the house was built and also some basic maintenance considerations, including advice on fire safety.

It also includes eight DIY projects with guidance on how to go about them without damaging the airtightness or fire safety measures, for example, and a handy glossary of building terms. This document was published and written by TRADA Technology on behalf of the UKTFA, with support from the Timber Trade Federation (TTF).


  • Looking after your timber frame home
  • Five ways to check if your home is timber frame
  • Features of your timber frame home
  • Your home from top to bottom
  • How your home was built
  • Understanding the structure of your home
  • General advice
  • Care and maintenance
  • Don't do this at home!
  • DIY projects to improve your timber frame home
  • DIY Projects:
    • Fixtures and fittings
    • Additional TV point
    • Small hole in external wall
    • Opening in external wall
    • Saving on energy bills
    • Sound insulation between rooms
    • Remove non-loadbearing wall
    • New non-loadbearing wall
  • Terminology

Suggested Reading

Introduction to timber frame constructionnavigation-arrow

Timber frame construction of some description is a method which has been around for millennia; however over time it has become a tremendously refined practice to the point that – as buildings of up to six storeys become widely used in England and Wales – timber frame constructions of today...

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Upgrading timber joinery doors for fire resistancenavigation-arrow

This Wood Information Sheet gives guidance on assessing the suitability of existing doors for upgrading to give a 20 or 30 minutes' fire resistance comparable with that of purpose-made fire doors. Upgrading to 60 minutes' performance will rarely be possible.


Upgrading the fire resistance of existing doors is a...

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List of Wood Information Sheetsnavigation-arrow

This document contains a fully comprehensive list of all the most up to date Wood Information Sheets (WIS) published by BM TRADA. Available to members for free or non-members from £12.00, these Wood Information Sheets provide technical guidance related to almost every timber topic under the sun.



  • Timber...

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