NON STANDARD CONSTRUCTION
Non Combustible Pre Fabricated
Also known as prefabs, there are over 1.2 million of these homes in the UK. Modern prefabs can be vast, offering multiple stories and even basements. Each section or module is constructed off site in a factory before being delivered and constructed on site, which speeds up the build and keeps down the costs.
Steel frames are not combustible and are immune from rot or decay. However, be aware that in some older steel framed houses, asbestos may have been used as insulation. If you think your house could fall into this category, have your house checked by a professional for any signs of asbestos as this could be deadly in the long run.
A timber framed home replaces the inner wall with timber, which is still strong enough to support the load of the whole house. The outer wall is often clad in brick which can give the building the appearance of a typical brick built home. Other forms of cladding include stone, block and render, or plain timber boarding.
Wattle and Daub
A 5,000 year old technique comprising a mixture of mud, straw and dung, compressed into a hard building material. Typically used with a timber framework, and a popular choice for enthusiasts of sustainable living. Any repairs will need to be undertaken by a specialist.