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Timber Framed Housing.

All timber frame kits built by us as dwellings in residential areas conform to all aspects of SABS 082 and therefore comply with The National Building Regulations.

Having started manufacturing in the early 1980's, we have supplied hundreds of kits in the Eastern Cape, from Kei Mouth to Kenton -on-Sea as well as to the Kwa Zulu Natal North and South Coasts and have had no problems with the local authorities with regards to the standard of our units.
A timber framed house can be designed according to the customers plan with modifications and alterations made to conform to required legal specifications. Numerous models are available to view as a starting point.

Units consist of:

Floor: The Unit can be installed on either a concrete base with tiedowns or on a wooden floor elevated on poles. When using a wooden floor we seriously recommend that a double floor be used. The underfloor serves as a work platform during erection and protects the finished floor from excessive conditions. The finished floor is installed once the unit has been sealed off from the elements.
For a wooden floor we would supply the following:

  • Beams, joints, header joints and noggings all sized and pressure treated.
  • Underfloor - 22 x 102 2nd grade T & G flooring pressure treated
  • Finished floor - 22 x 102 1st grade T & G flooring treated TBTO.
  • Decking - 32 x 110 ribbed decking pressure treated with wax additive.
  • Loose material for the construction of balustrades and staircases all p.a.r and pressure treated, purchased from credible pole treaters.

NB. Poles are excluded.

External Panels: Panel sidings are first coated at our factory and sufficient stabilizer can be supplied for a second coat after the unit is erected.

  • Framing is 38 x 114 v5 treated CCA.
  • Studs(uprights) are at 600 c.c for single story and 400 c.c for ground floor of double story.
  • Cladding is 32 x 102 T & G log profile weatherboard. It is fastened horizontally to each stud with 2 x 56 long stainless steel brads.(nails)
  • A "foil" vapor barrier/insolent is installed between the weatherboard and the studs.
  • Each panel is crossed braced and checked into the studs and noggings.
  • Windows (of any pattern) are installed in the panel at our factory. All external trim is also installed.
  • Openings for doors are in place and the door frames plus the trim for finishing are supplied loose
  • Wall plates are supplied loose for joining the panels on top.

Internal Panels: These panels are supplied unclad.(to be cladded later)

  • Framing is 38 x 114 v5 treated CCA.
  • Studs are 600 c.c.
  • Cross bracing - as for external panels.
  • Wallplates - as for external panels.

Roof: Trusses are manufactured by a certified truss manufacturer.

  • Trusses
  • Crossbracing
  • Purlins or battens and tiling battens
  • Ceiling and necessary brandering
  • Fascias and barge boards - 30 x 208 treated CAA.
  • Loose material for gable end filling and beam fill.


  • All panels are numbered and a diagram is supplied for erection.
  • The roof is no different to conventional structures.
  • Jam linings for internal doors are supplied together with architraves for finnishing.
  • Window cills and window reveals are supplied for finish.
  • Door reveals for finnishing external doors internally are supplied.
  • Skirting supplied.
  • Knotty pine for ceilings and wall panelling can be supplied as an optional extra together with cove cornice and 19mm quadrant.
  • We have our own transport and deliver to site.
  • The unit is assembled at our factory (as part of quality control)then dismantled and loaded onto our flatbed trailor for delivery by road.

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