Large red brick house

Keen to live in her dream home but restricted by geographical location because of her job, retained firefighter Leanne Player decided to build it herself.

Along with her partner, she drew up a budget plan and started making enquiries. Once planning permission had been secured, she contracted Frame Technologies after being impressed by their initial care. She explains, “Frame Technologies were one of the first companies we approached for the timber frame and their prompt response, quick turnaround time and helpful staff made the decision to work with them very easy.”

Leanne was looking for a cost-effective, durable home solution, so Frame Technologies designed and manufactured a high-quality timber frame using their TechVantage E system, a 140mm closed panel system, containing rigid polyurethane insulation to achieve a U-value of 0.19.

Aspirations for the house included an overhanging roof to form a porch area, and huge bi-folding doors to create a spacious open plan living space. Frame Technologies overcame the structural challenges to meet the brief, incorporating a steel wind frame to accommodate the sizable span of the opening.

Days before the timber frame was due to arrive onsite, the client had to postpone the project for two months. With a close working relationship in place, changes were easily made to the build programme. Leanne explains “Frame Technologies understood the delay and put our frame on standby with no hassle at Birchfield.

The precision-engineered timber structure with engineered truss rafter roof was 30% quicker to construct than traditionally constructed homes of the same dimensions, so once the build was on site, the entire timber frame was complete within seven days.

Thrilled with the finished result, Leanne adds, “To live in a house designed and built by Frame Technologies, enjoying the rewards of the hard graft and hard decision-making, is THE dream.”

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