Most British builders are used to building with masonry (often referred to as ‘brick and block’), or timber frame construction. In Scotland, timber framed homes are generally the norm. Both systems are commonly employed by self builders.
In choosing your construction method consider the following factors:
- Your budget and preferred time scale for construction
- The structural design and finished look
- Environmental sustainability
- Accessibility of the site
- Ease of manually handling the materials
- The ability to source and store materials
- Health and safety implications
- The expertise of your contractors.
Self builders are also keen innovators. They often explore alternative construction methods and materials, including:
- Green oak construction
- Thin joint blockwork
- Insulated concrete formwork (ICF)
- Steel frame
- Straw bales
- Rammed earth
- Structural insulated panels (SIPs).