Why Timber is the Top Choice in Lightweight Construction

June 2, 2020

In Western Australia, the construction industry has typically built in a traditional manner of double brick and for a more mature buyer, this is still considered the ‘norm’. This method is not reflected throughout Australia however, where 85% of homes built are framed.  

Research undertaken by James Hardie™ has highlighted that savvy buyers under the age of 35 are much more interested in exploring the benefits of new and modern ways of innovative building, especially proven methods such as hybrid or lightweight construction.

There are many key reasons to seriously consider a home with a light-weight timber frame wall system, which is made up of wall cladding/brick work, breathable membrane, timber frame, insulation and internal lining. With major benefits such as increased affordability, energy efficiency, exceptional thermal performance, and the architecturally inspired design touches available with the flexibility timber and cladding offers. Plus your new home can be constructed faster and on a schedule when choosing state-of-the-art building methods.

Did you know that timber-framed housing actually has the ability to increase the size of your home? And that’s without increasing the overall footprint of the home itself. By reducing the overall external wall thickness as much as an additional 9 -10m² of living space on a 250m² footprint can be gained. So when putting into simplified terms this could equate to additional space to your ensuite, scullery, storeroom, or oversized walk-in robe! A particularly attractive benefit when building on a smaller block.

Designing a custom elevation for your new home is more accessible too as framed construction is an incredibly adaptable building system. You can choose from hundreds of external cladding finishes like Axon Cladding Fibre Cement, Natural Timber, Colourbond®, Brickwork, Composite Timbers, Aluminium, and Plywoods. So you can achieve your dream look whether you’re a Hamptons, Heritage or Industrial is more your vibe.

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For peace-of-mind ensure you select products for your home that are manufactured by reputable companies compliant with Australian Standards, and who have a long-lasting reputation for delivering consistent high-quality claddings, like James Hardie™.

Cladding can have varying costs for supply and installation so to keep to your budget, you could select a cost-effective solution to specific areas, such as the dead side of the home, to assist with keeping budget down, or if you’d want to free budget up for premium linings on the elevation.

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Another consideration is environmental impact, and timber is the only environmentally friendly, sustainably supplied, renewable building material available in the market. On the other hand, steel, for example, requires massive amounts of energy to produce.

As Perth’s best value 2 Storey Home Builder, we at New Level Homes pride ourselves on providing affordable high-quality two storey homes to Perth families and investors, built better, faster and for less!

By thinking smarter and taking advantage of the very best technologies, we can deliver your home at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. Speak to us to find out how we can help you build a better home today!