2022 was another busy and brilliant year for Frame Technologies, and we’re looking forward to some interesting projects planned in the next 12 months. In this blog we reflect on the past year and how we helped self-builders in their building journeys; in 2022, we doubled down on our commitment to provide homebuilders with the best opportunities and resources to plan their self-build home of their dreams, which is something we will continue to do in 2023. Read on to find out more.

Meeting self-builders face to face

2022 heralded the full return to in-person events and we were so excited to meet our clients face to face once again. After the Zoom fatigue of the past few years, we were aware that self-builders across England and Wales had missed out on the usual opportunities to meet in-person with self-build specialists and receive vital advice.

Meeting experts in person is one of the most rewarding parts of the self-build planning process and we were keen to do as much of this as possible. In March 2022, we held our first ever self-build event The Secrets to Self-Build Success, hosted by our brilliant MD, Simon Orrells. Throughout the day we ran a variety of seminars, live demos and interviews with the biggest names in the self-build industry for self-builders at every stage of their project. With 1-2-1 sessions with all our guest speakers, self-builders had lots of opportunities to receive expert advice on their projects.

Event attendees were especially interested to hear from two of our former clients – the Maces and the Shepperds – who discussed their real life experiences of building their own homes. They answered questions from the audience about the realities of the self-build journey and why they chose timber frame.

We attended three shows throughout the year and in May we were absolutely delighted when award-winning Gryphon House was selected as ‘Star of The Show’ at the NSBRC June show. As part of the celebrations, MD Simon Orrells presented a live interview with homeowners Chris and Jenny Shepperd alongside the partners who helped the Shepperds build their dream home. Gryphon House was a great way to show self-builders how timber frame can be used as a design solution and dramatically improve the energy rating of a building.

If you didn’t manage to go to the NSBRC Show in May, don’t worry- you can watch our video case study on the build here 

 

Brand new case studies

We know our self-builders are always hungry for new case studies and this year we unveiled two brand new self-build projects.

In July we went down to Herefordshire with Shooting Reels to film a brand new video case study on Tanglewood, a stunning five bed, two storey home self-built by Frank and Pauline Mace. Frank and Pauline opted to ‘right size’ for their future, using our unique TechVantage™ E to build a home with U-values of 0.10, matching the needs of the Maces while surpassing energy efficiency standards. We also unveiled a new case study on The Cedar House our website. Built to Passive House standards, homeowner Suzanne Richardson opted to self-build when she couldn’t find a suitable property to move into after living in France for ten years. Using a supply only package, Suzanne opted for our unique TechVantage™ T. This striking house sits nestled within the Suffolk countryside, revealing itself and its impressive cedar shingle cladding as you approach the property.

YouTube

Throughout the year we continued to build up the resources available to our self-builders. From interviews with key figures in the industry on the approaches they advise self-builders take, to live demos of our TechVantage™ systems, we curated a corner of the internet where self-builders can get valuable inspiration whenever they need it. Head to our YouTube page to find out more.

Changes and updates to Building Regulations

Brand new Building Regulations changes introduced in June 2022 brought Regs closer to the usual results self-builders who build with timber frame expect. Now, new homes must produce less CO2 through tightened U-Values and better insulation. If you got Building Regulations approval before 15 June 2022, you have until 15 June 2023 to make a start on your work before the approval period is over. If you have any questions, you can always discuss this with us at any point. Further details of the changes can be found on this blog post.

What’s new for 2023?

We’re already hitting the ground running with our schedule of events and exhibitions. At the National Self-Build and Renovation Centre’s (NSBRC) January show, we introduced another case study, Robin’s Yard, an eco-home built by Ian and Ruth.

We predict that Class Q barn conversions will continue to grow in popularity in 2023. For change of use on an existing agricultural building to a residential dwelling house, like when converting a barn, is always best realised with a fabric-first approach. If you’re considering a Class Q barn conversion, check out this case study on Leadon Dale. It’s a great example of how we used timber frame to incorporate a building’s pre-existing steel trusses into the new building envelope.

Projects of this nature always bring up some interesting issues but rising to the challenge with innovative solutions is what we do best. At Frame Technologies we offer flexibility and fully tailor our timber structures to the unique requirements of your pre-existing building.

And, we’ve already got several projects going to site in early 2023. Keep your eyes peeled across our social media channels for updates and pictures as they happen!

Get in touch

Is 2023 the year you begin your self-build project? At Frame Technologies we have expertise in helping self-builders realise their dreams no matter what stage they’re at in their self-build journey. Email Simon Orrells on enquiries@frametechnologies.co.uk to find out more about building your dream forever home.

We anticipate the demand for offsite timber frame being higher than ever this year and we wish all our clients the very best for their self-build projects in 2023.