Why a Timber Home as a Building Method?


Timber framing is the most common form of construction in many countries around the world and is rapidly gaining popularity in South Africa, this is due to it being lightweight and strong, very durable, suited to all climatic conditions, totally environmentally-friendly, extremely thermally efficient and all structural timber in South Africa is harvested from sustainable managed local forests. More and more architects and designers are turning to Timber Buildings and this is evident by the huge number of spectacular structures one can see all over South Africa.


Choosing a timber building shows that you care about the environment and our planet!


Timber Buildings are carbon sinks. Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide while they grow. The carbon dioxide is thus stored in the sawn timber for the life span of the building.


Timber Buildings require much lower processing energy. Carbon dioxide emissions from the processing and manufacture of construction materials other than timber (brick, aluminium, steel and concrete), can be as much as 80% or higher. It follows then that if greater use is made of wood in buildings, the low fossil fuel requirement for manufacturing sawn timber compared with other materials is far more substantial in the long term than the carbon stored in the wood building products.


Timber Buildings are environmentally friendly and therefore ideally suited to mountain-side plots, and eco-sensitive areas – resulting in very little disturbance to the existing vegetation as well as minimizing site excavation and costly access with heavier materials.


Timber Buildings pose no greater risk of fire than any other form of construction. Many of the materials used in the construction have fire ratings of up to 2 hours and vastly improve the building’s fire resistance.


Environmental benefits of Timber Building


Timber Buildings are extremely energy efficient. The hollow wall cavities, ceilings and even sub floor spaces are heavily insulated resulting in decreased fossil fuel heating needs (lower electricity bills!)


Timber Buildings are warm in winter and cool in summer. Thermal efficiency is as much as 6 to 8 times greater than that of masonry construction.


Timber Buildings are well suited to unstable soil conditions such as clay or dune sand.


Timber Buildings can be erected and completed in a third of the time it takes to build the same structure in brick and mortar.


Timber Buildings are far easier, cleaner and faster to alter and extend – also a factor when considering the convenience of the area in which the existing building is situated.


Timber Buildings provide an endless choice of finishes from interior linings to exterior cladding.


Timber Buildings are light weight but very strong and durable. Inaccessible plots pose few problems for timber buildings.


(Above information supplied by the Institute of Timber Frame Builders) 


Green Product Range:


 Structural Timber – FSC Registered Sawmill Timber

 External Cladding - FSC Registered Sawmill Timber

 Internal Linings – Magnaboard

 Solar Systems

Isotherm Insulation



Would you like to build your home to roof height in a matter of a few weeks?



Timber Home Kits has a Home Building Solution to suit your needs.

Timber Home Kits can supply a kit for one of six available plans from

· A Fisherman's Cottage of 30m2


· A four bedroom Family Home of 170m2

Or design your own house together with Timber Home Kits using the standard panel sizes!




Why a Timber Home Kits package?


Kits come complete with:

· Panels, Windows, Cladding and Floors

· Dry Wall or pine interior cladding

· Trusses and Roof covering

· Nails, Fasteners and everything else you need

All timber is CCA treated and carries a 25 year guarantee.

Above all you save time and labour costs ….

Components may be delivered as a complete DIY kit with erection offered as an optional extra.

In addition we offer a complete turn-key project which includes everything you need to walk in to your new home! 



Need a Bond?

Timber Home Kits is able to assist you in applying for a bond for your timber home.

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Countries Serviced

South Africa









... and all Central African Countries!