Fast-tracking timber frame learning in Falkirk

timber frame learning event

To make self-building more straightforward, we are delighted to be fast-tracking timber frame learning. Over 50 self-builders from across Scotland joined us for our free demo day at the Falkirk Wheel on 10th June.

We regularly advise that the most successful self-build projects are the ones where the self-builder has thrown themselves headlong into early-stage research. There is no doubt a considerable learning curve for those new to construction and a bespoke new build project. The UK’s excellent consumer shows, especially those delivered by the BuildIt and Homebuilding & Renovating teams, offer the perfect opportunity to engage with thousands of products and services needed to build your home. The magazines themselves provide inspiration, expert advice, and insights based on real-life projects. However, it can often be challenging to access the finer detail when it comes to understanding the different build systems.

Following feedback from our customers, we identified the need for a slightly different platform where we could delve deeper into the process of timber frame self-build without a big sales pitch. That’s how we came up with the concept of our demo days. We designed these events to highlight the little nuggets of information that often get sidelined by the features and benefits of a building system. In doing so, we aim to equip attendees with the information required to self-build confidently using timber frame.

Our first two demo days were held in Swindon in 2020 (pre-COVID) and 2022. The positive feedback from these events led us to repeat the format this year in Scotland.

What’s covered?

The event included a technical demonstration alongside a packed programme of seminars. Topics covered everything from the self-builder’s timeline to site health and safety. A key takeaway from the event was the importance of having a clear budget before starting the design phase. The morning began with our MD, Sarah Mathieson sharing ideas on how to begin the budgeting process. Ryan Bathgate from Buildstore was also on hand to provide expert advice on financing a self-build project.

Scott Hunter shared his insights on the planning and building regulations phases. Also, we were delighted to welcome guest speakers Iga Panczyna from Allan Corfield Architects and David Gallagher from Allan Corfield Structures. They delivered informative presentations on the design and engineering stages. Other topics included essential steps for getting your site ready and ensuring a safe site. After a full day of talks and information sharing, we finished with a group trip on the world’s only rotating boat lift.

Sarah Mathieson said, “Feedback from attendees reinforces our belief that these events are really worthwhile and fulfil our aim of demystifying the timber frame process. We want to make self-building easier and give more people the confidence to get started.”

What attendees thought

‘The day was enjoyable, informative and very professionally run’

‘There was a good pace to the day with lots of opportunities to ask questions’

‘A very informative day with well qualified people who really wanted to help you understand the process from the technical and procedural point of view with absolutely no sales pressure.’

Fast-track your timber frame learning

Our next demo day will be held at the National Self-build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC), Swindon, in the autumn. Date to be confirmed.  You can now express your interest in attending by completing the registration form on our website.

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