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Frequently Asked Questions

Read our FAQs page for quick answers to those questions you might have about what we offer, or about self building in general.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about self building, timber frame and structural insulated panel (SIPs) construction, and working with Kingspan Timber Solutions.

Build Questions

Unfortunately not, we only offer timber build systems for self builders who are undertaking a completely new build dwelling.
Yes, it is just as easy to add an extension to a timber frame or structural insulated panel (SIPs) build as any other method of construction.
This varies depending on the size of the build, typically 80-100m² per week is constructed. An average home can be erected onsite in as little as 2-3 weeks.
 
We will only build the timber structure and supply the insulation pack; we do not offer a turnkey solution. We do now take builds to a weathertight stage which will enable your internal works to begin much sooner. Often, we can put you in touch with project managers and builders, depending on your location.
 
Yes, we built the first Passivhaus show home in the UK at our Show Centre in Cambridgeshire. The ‘Elsworth’ show home was built using the Kingspan TEK™ building system and is open to the public.
 
Most of our whitewood is from Scandinavia and some from Eastern Europe and Canada. Our Douglas Fir is also from Canada.
 

Cost & Finance Questions

The costs of timber-frame builds are very similar to other methods of construction. There are multiple benefits associated with building with timber frames, one being the time saved during construction. Faster build times reduce site preliminary and labour costs. Timber is a sustainable method of construction and offsite manufacture means your new home is delivered right to site, first time. 

We are also happy to help you compare other quotes to ours to assist you in understanding any differences around inclusions and exclusions. We also offer a transparent quoting service.
This depends on a lot of factors, not least location, specification, and size of build to name a few factors. Generally, a self builder can expect to spend around £1,500 per m².
Yes, timber frame is one of the most common building methods in the UK. 

About Us & Our Services

Yes, we simply require your architect to complete the full Building Regulations drawings which we will then use to create your timber frame manufacturing drawings. You can submit your drawings via our online form.
Yes. Please contact matthew.evans@kingspan.com or call 01767 676400.
Potton is our sister company. The main difference is that Potton specialises in architectural design and obtaining planning permission. If you already have a design which requires no changes then Kingspan Timber Solutions can provide a quote for the timber frame/ structural insulated panel (SIP) build system. If you do require any architectural support then please get in touch and we can refer you to the relevant team within Potton.
Yes, we have five permanent show homes at the Potton Self Build Show Centre in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, which you are free to visit. There are five fully furnished show homes onsite including the UK’s first show home built to a Passivhaus Standard. The Show Centre is open Tuesday-Friday from 9-5 pm and every Saturday from 10-4 pm.
 
In addition, we often arrange ‘pop up’ events where you can visit a customer’s home mid-construction. If you’d like to receive invites to these events please register.
 
We have decades of experience building homes for self builders and developers. Our clients include Barratt, Crest Nicholson and Center Parcs. Kingspan Timber Solutions are best placed to advise and assist you when choosing your timber frame or structural insulated panel (SIP) build system. Our quotes are extensive and include a lot more than you may think – be sure to compare like-for-like when considering prices. Our quotes include walls, floor joists, floor deck, roof, fixing, insulation pack with SAP calculation, external joinery pack and air testing. Take a look at our Services page to find out what else we can offer you.
 
In order for us to provide you with a quotation for your new home we will need the following information: plans, elevations, sections (if available), site plan (if available), and the U-value requirement for external walls if known (if not known then consider whether you would like your walls to perform well, better, or best – this will give us a good guide to work from). Complete our quote request form or email info@kingspantimbersolutions.co.uk
 
We will aim to get your quotation back to you within 10 working days, so please look out for it via email and post.
In order for us to provide you with a space test result for your new home, we will need the following information: plans, elevations, U-value requirement for external walls if known (if not known then consider whether you would like your walls to perform well, better, or best – this will give us a good guide to work from). We will return your space gain result within 2 working days and will even estimate how much extra your new home may be worth, as a result of this additional space. We will aim to get your space test back to you within 2 working days.
We can provide you with a list of recommended project managers and subcontractors.
 
We can offer the installation of windows and doors as part of our weathertight package which will deliver your self build to a secure stage ready for internal works to begin.
We will deliver to all parts of England and Wales. To discuss your project please call 01767 676400 or request a call back here.
 

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