Message - Re: Timber-Clad Buildings

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Posted by  Alan Dickson on December 08, 2003 at 09:34:16:

In Reply to:  Re: Timber-Clad Buildings posted by Sabrina on November 25, 2003 at 10:50:21:

I came across the link to this thread in Google.
I am very interested in timber construction, to the extent that i have just completed my own house, pretty much completely in timber. A home grown douglas fir frame, timber infill panels with spruce and larch cladding. Located in the North west of Skye this building works in a context pretty much surrounded by traditional masonry (either solid or timber frame) housing.

I am however an architect which may exclude me as a member of the public with an opinion that counts.

One thing that is noticable however is the resistance to theis form of construction from mortgage companies and insurance companies, they seem to consider that this form of construction is 'riskier' than traditional timber frame, to the extent that when pressed, some insurance companies said that at least if a masonry clad timber frame building burnt down down its walls would be left standing, misunderstanding the entire principle of timber frame supporting the cladding, masonry or otherwise.

I dont know if this forum can take images, if you are interested send me email and I will forward a couple of images.

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