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"Anybody who can measure and cut pieces of timber accurately to length and can use a hammer to nail the pieces of wood together ~ is fully capable of assembling and erecting timber-framed houses using the author's 'tried and tested' methods ~ there is NO technical stuff to learn or joints to cut because the whole lot is simply nailed together (step-by-step) to create the complete timber-framed house ~ and this book shows you exactly how to do it!"

Brian D Miles ~  Chartered Surveyor & Professional Self-Builder

 

"An Insider's 'Hands-On' Construction Guide"

How To Build Superb Timber-Frame Houses ~ (The Professional Way To Match Package-Kits And 'SIPS' ~ Without The Huge Cost!) ~ It's Quick, Simple AND Amazingly Cheap!

(It's The Essential Guide That Shows ALL Builders, Site Operatives, Carpenters, DIY Enthusiasts, etc.; The UK's Only Cheap And Quick Way To Build Superb High Quality, 'Normal' Or 'Super-Insulated', Luxury Houses ~ Houses That Can Match Or Better The Insulation & Airtightness 'Claimed' For 'SIPS' Constructed Houses!)

ISBN No: 0 9543049 1 8      Published by "Self-Build-Pro"      Download Price 14.95*      Hard-copy Price 24.95* (incl. p & p)

(First Published 2008; Revised 2010)

 

   
 

 

To paraphrase Sir Michael Caine; "not a lot of people know this yet!"

And the 'package-kit' companies and 'SIPS' manufacturers certainly won't tell you; in fact, they don't want anybody else telling you either; but there's a very good reason why a staggering 96% of the World's estimated 3.4 million new timber-frame homes (built every year worldwide) get built WITHOUT using 'package-kits' or 'SIPS' (Structural Insulated Panels) ~ it's because the same houses, built to the same quality and insulation levels, can be built much cheaper ~ simply by building them 'on-site'; instead of building them in a factory!

  But what's happening worldwide isn't the whole story because whether you are keen to sub-contract or even want to the build your own new house yourself, or if you are a builder who fancies increasing your profit-margins so you can make much more money whilst also delivering an ultra-competitively priced product to your customers; by designing everything to be built as quickly and cheaply as possible ~ the Self-Build-Pro's "ProFrame" approach is an even better way to maximise the benefits because it improves on how the rest of the World does things by simplifying the whole process!

WHY does any of that matter?

If you build houses for a living, as a business or 'self-build' for your own occupation; using ProFrame methods to bypass the use of 'package-kits' and/or 'SIPS' can slash the cost of erecting any timber-framed house and getting it weathertight by 40% - 60% ~ upto 75% 'saved' has even proved possible for 'DIY' enthusiasts!

HOW are such savings achieved?

It's just over 40 years since the Self-Build-Pro started comparing overseas building practices with the UK; he found that despite materials being 10% more expensive and hourly labour rates 50% higher ~ millions of luxury homes were still being built over 20% cheaper than the equivalent properties in the UK!

  • The ONLY way those savings could be achieved was if the house-building methods used abroad enabled the work-force to work 200% - 300% more efficiently than is typically achieved in the UK ~ leading to a much better paid work-force and lower house building costs; a situation where everybody wins!

For nearly 40 years; the Self-Build-Pro has concentrated on analysing the best of those overseas methods (which have always tended to have much lower building costs than the UK anyway); stripping out all the unnecessary 'stuff' by constantly refining, developing and evolving them to create and maintain the most cost-efficient 'main-stream' house-building method available anywhere whilst using it for both clients' projects as well as his own!

(It's truly amazing how very conscious you become of every 'wasted' penny spent and every extra hour worked when doing a single-handed 'DIY' self-build!)

And The Result?  A consistently cheaper way to build houses here in the UK using materials sourced direct from the trade at competitive trade prices ~ a way that, ironically; also allows builders and building workers to earn more because it allows them to work much more efficiently ~ so everybody can WIN!

By using ProFrame to design a bespoke timber-frame structure specific for each individual house; instead of relying upon the typical standard "one-size-fits-all" industry approach to structural design; the structure only contains what is actually needed ~ meaning less waste of materials, less fabrication, so lower labour and material costs and much easier handling and erection of wall-panels due to the lighter weight!

"So using ProFrame's technologically advanced timber-frame design concepts and it's amazingly simple construction methods ~ makes building high-quality houses and bungalows both very much more profitable AND also much more affordable!"

This Book Genuinely Does Show You How To Do Exactly What It Says In The Title!

With construction so simple that NO previous timber-frame building experience is even required ~ whether you are currently a general building contractor, a time-served carpenter or simply a 'DIY' enthusiast ~ our "An Insider's 'Hands-0n' Construction Guide" ~ "How To Build Superb Timber-Frame Houses ~ (The Professional Way To Match Package-Kits And 'SIPS' ~ Without The Huge Cost!) ~ It's Quick, Simple AND Amazingly Cheap!" is all you need to show you exactly how to do it!

The book is fully detailed and illustrated!  Learn how to easily create 'professional quality' structural wall-panels ~ the 'Building Blocks' of timber-frame; how to organise and manage any 'build' for maximum efficiency; how to erect whole houses ~ floors, walls and roofs ~ and get them weather-tight ~ without needing to use scaffolding, lifting gear, etc.; how to build 'super-insulated' houses without increasing the cost of the timber-frame to do it; how even 'solo' builders can successfully build houses quickly and easily ~ just like the author has done so many times himself ~ it's all clearly explained and illustrated and packed with practical 'tips' drawn from the author's extensive 'Hands-ON' single-handed self-build projects!

THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS: Anybody who can measure and cut pieces of timber accurately to length and can use a hammer to nail the pieces of wood together ~ is fully capable of assembling and erecting timber-framed houses using the author's 'tried and tested' methods ~ there is NO technical stuff to learn or joints to cut because the whole lot is simply nailed together (step-by-step) to create the complete timber-framed house!  That's also why there is NO scope for factory-production to cut fabrication costs whilst all the usual factory overheads, double-handling & transportation costs, manufacturers' profit margins, etc. simply push prices through the 'roof'!

Still think that it sounds too unbelievably simple and easy to be true?

HERE'S THE PROOF THAT ANYBODY CAN DO IT!  When the "Self-Build-Pro" built the original four-bedroom, two-bathroom, three-reception timber-framed house, using the fore-runner of these methods, he was a chap in his mid-to-late twenties whose sole practical training was a couple of terms of woodworking ~ as an eleven year old school boy!

  • It took him just nine months from start to moving in during which time he was only working on it during evenings and weekends and yet he still managed to do around 85% of the entire project working totally single-handed ~ he sub-contracted the rest ~ and slashed the project 'build' cost by 54% compared to what a 'normal' sub-contracted approach to the project would have cost him!

 

   
 

"You don't have to build single-handed; you don't have to have previous practical experience; but whether you're a builder, a carpenter, a 'DIY' enthusiast, or a prospective 'self-builder' ~ you can use the simple, efficient methods detailed and illustrated in the book to get timber-framed houses built quickly and cheaply to the highest possible standards!  As illustrated by the many people who have already bought and used the book as a practical guide for physically building their own houses!"

Brian D Miles ~  Chartered Surveyor & Professional Self-Builder

 

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* IMPORTANT NOTICE:

You can download a full-colour electronic version of the book for 14.95 directly onto your computer.  Downloaded copies of books can be read on 'screen' and/or you can print off your own copies of the book to suit yourself!

Simply click on the blue highlighted >>> "An Insider's Guide" <<< link for further information and/or to purchase the book!

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