High-performance production process
The load-bearing elements of timber-frame houses – walls, upper floors and roof – are constructed entirely in wood. Carpentier produces a range of prefab elements to precise specifications in our own workshop. Equipped with the most modern and innovative machines and our outstanding design software, Carpentier can provide short-term solutions for virtually any project.
Advantages of timber-frame construction
- Strong and durable
- Quick construction and shorter time from design and delivery compared to traditional building methods
- Dry construction
- Outstanding insulation value
- Ecologically responsible
- Light construction materials
- Suitable for a range of architectural styles
Quick construction process
Construction of a timber frame house is much quicker than construction using traditional building methods. See below to find out how Carpentier approaches the construction of a wooden house.
1. An app for designs
Based on existing plans or sketches, our app will help design a timber-frame building in next to no time and can calculate the price immediately. This enables builders to manage the price of a timber-frame home efficiently and adjust where necessary.
The app also enables builders to choose just the right finishes for a timber-frame construction or individual prefab walls. We offer a wide range of ecologically responsible profiles for exterior cladding and wall panelling. And thanks to our smart systems, cladding can be installed quickly and easily for a seamless result. Our app can calculate these prices too. Once the design is completed, the builder and the customer can it as a 3D image.
2. Automated production in our own workshop
Once the design is approved, it goes directly to the CNC machine in our workshop. We saw every element of the timber-frame construction to size to create finished prefab elements, working with great precision and care. We recently invested in a new machine that has increased the speed and accuracy of our production processes even further.
3. Ready-to-assemble construction kit
We ensure that the construction kit for the timber-frame house is fully complete and ready for delivery to the site. Each element is numbered, and each kit comes with a set of detailed technical drawings and assembly instructions. On site, the elements of the timber-frame house come together like pieces of a puzzle.
While the construction kit is being prepared, builders have time to oversee any necessary groundwork and lay foundations.
Extra service: let us pre-install cladding at our workshop
If desired, we can even install exterior timber cladding to the prefab walls at our workshop. This extra service saves woodworking professionals even more time during the construction of a timber-frame house. Our QuickClip® profiles guarantee a seamless result every time, since cladding boards click into place on the aluminium joists with no visible nails or screws. And because the clips are precisely pre-positioned on the joists, boards are always perfectly spaced.
4. On-site construction
With Carpentier’s construction kits for wood-frame houses, a wind-tight, water-tight timber-frame building can take shape within the space of a few days. All walls, upper floors and the roof construction fit together perfectly – all the builder needs to do is assemble them.
5. Finishing a timber-frame construction
Timber-frame construction is a dry construction technique. Timber cladding and ceiling and wall panelling are added once the frame is assembled. Our high-quality QuickClip® profiles speed up building further. Clips are pre-mounted on aluminium joists, so wooden boards can be easily clicked into place. The absence of visible nails adds to the natural beauty of the timber-frame house.
Carpentier’s construction kits for prefab homes represent incredible time savings between design and delivery with no additional investment in equipment. In other words: builders can deliver top-quality products while also saving time and money.
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Why opt for sustainable construction?
In terms of protecting the environment and reducing the ecological footprint of a building, timber-frame construction is the obvious choice. This sustainable construction method results in an energy-efficient home that is supremely comfortable. Besides outstanding thermal insulation, a timber-frame house also offers very good sound insulation. And since timber-frame construction eliminates thermal bridges and renders buildings more energy efficient, their value is also higher. All in all, it should come as no surprise that timber-frame construction has become steadily more popular in recent years.
The strength of wood
The wood that Carpentier uses to create prefab elements is produced sustainably and legally in managed forests. In this way, it contributes to reducing C02 emissions. If desired, we can also apply environmentally responsible wood fibre insulation as the final step in creating a fully sustainable building.
Quick construction and then ready for use
This sustainable building method speeds up construction considerably, an advantage that should not be underestimated. Compared to traditional construction methods, timber-frame construction is much faster all around. There are also time savings on site with this dry construction method, since it is not subject to weather-related delays and elements come together as easily as puzzle pieces. The Carpentier app gets things moving quickly from the design and price calculation phase onwards, which means that a timber-frame house can go from start to finish in a very short space of time.
Video: timber-frame construction
Watch the video to see the construction of a timber-frame home from a construction kit including cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls.