About Us – Timber Construction

Knysna Timber Homes – Established 1988.

Primarily a timber construction company specializing in timber design and construction. Our projects and services include design and building of homes, resorts, convention centers, restaurants, office buildings and various other structures.

Knysna Timber Homes provides a full turnkey service to clients including:

  • Project Assessment
  • Architectural Design and Sketch Plans
  • Cost Estimates
  • Land Surveys
  • Local Authority Building Plan Approval
  • Construction Detailing
  • Project Management
  • Subcontracted Items including Built-In Cupboards, Electrical Wiring and Plumbing.

The need for a client to deal with a number of service providers including architects, engineers, surveyors, local authorities and sub contractors is eliminated, simplifying the process and making it more cost effective. Knysna Timber Homes will however gladly collaborate with and assist any professional service provider or other which the client may wish to appoint in his/her project.

We are members of the Master Builders Association, National Home Builders Registration Council and the Timber Frame Builders Association.

Projects are executed with the professional assistance and supervision of appointed engineers and clients receive all necessary compliance certificates on completion of their projects.

Knysna Timber Homes prides itself in having an excellent after sales record for providing their clients with the necessary professional guidance and assistance to cope with general maintenance, renovations, extensions and other.

Knysna Timber Homes is based in Knysna and participate in local and international projects.

It is vital that cognizance is given to the fact that our satisfied clients are our most successful marketing agents!


Our Timber Construction Building Methods

Knysna Timber Homes utilise a Timber Frame Building System which complies with National Building Regulations, relevant SABS codes and is approved for bond purposes by all major financial institutions in South Africa .

Our system allows for architecturally innovative designs and are often combined with masonry, steel and any various other forms of construction.

A Knysna Timber Homes project is on average completed in less that 1/3 of the time that it would take to complete a similar project with bricks and mortar.

All timber components used in our buildings are from sustainable sources and our methods of construction and choice of products are at the heart of sustainable living .

The overall masses of our timber structures are considerably less than those of conventional brick and mortar buildings. These structures are therefore an ideal choice when adding an additional story on top of existing brick or other structures.

Finishes and cladding options both internally and externally are limitless.

Knysna Timber Homes is able to guarantee its product and workmanship to a far greater extent than other timber construction companies who do not employ their own construction teams and have to reply on subcontractors to construct and complete their projects. Highly skilled building teams are full time employed by Knysna Timber Homes and we are therefore able to provide our clients with a full 12 month guarantee after handover.

All timber components are preservative treated to comply with SABS standards, to ensure a high quality and long lasting product.


Floors and Decks

Floor Structures normally consist of either a conventional concrete slab or a raised timber base. A raised timber base floor structure is more suitable for steeper sites and ecologically sensitive areas as it minimizes the environmental impact during and after construction. There are no restrictions to the choices a client can make when it comes to floor finishes but timber tongue & groove flooring is statistically the most preferred option. Tiles may be fitted to floors, walls and showers in the same manner in which they are fitted to surfaces in a conventional brick structure.

Timber Decks , balustrades and staircases feature more prominently in timber designed structures. Exterior living spaces are created on the outside of buildings which are both practical and visually pleasing.


Internal and External Walls

Internal and external walls are constructed using engineer designed stud frames. These frames create cavities in walls which are used for the reticulation of electrical wiring, plumbing, water lines, gas, telephones, TV and any other required services. Fibre wool insulation is then packed into wall cavities; this provides excellent sound and thermal insulation and reduces the possible spread of flame.

External walls are cladded with a wide variety of profiles and materials including timber logs, shiplap planking, fibre cement planking and corrugated iron sheeting. Various combinations of these finishes can be used for visually pleasing and exciting architectural results. External walls are always cladded with plywood sheeting board as well as a plastic waterproofing membrane which are fitted underneath the final exterior finish.

Internal walls are also insulated with fibre wool to ensure a very high standard of sound and thermal insulation. These walls are normally cladded on both sides with timber panneling or dry wall cladding.

Windows and doors are normally manufactured from hardwood or aluminium but UPVC, steel and other materials may also be considered. Glazing complies with NBR safety standards.


Roof Construction

Roof Construction methods used are similar to those used in conventional brick structures; either of the following two systems may be used:

ROOF TRUSSES – The Roof Truss System consist of rafters which dictate the roof angle combined with horizontal tie beams which form the basis for the ceiling. King and queen posts are used to connect the rafters and tie beams together, thereby forming a rigid structural entity.

EXPOSED RAFTERS – The Exposed Rafters System employs bigger, stronger, single timber beams which are fitted closer together. Ceilings are normally placed on top of the rafters creating extra volume and an aesthetically pleasing finished product. Steeper roof pitches create the opportunity to include loft/mezzanine floors in the roof spaces.

Roof structures used in our Timber Frame Buildings are well insulated and the choices for final roof cover are the same for both systems. Final roof cover can include roof tiles, roof sheeting, thatching or any other practical product available.


Timber Additions and Extensions

The timber frame building system as employed by Knysna Timber Homes allows for architecturally innovative designs which may also be combined with masonry, steel, or any other form of construction or material. The system is specifically suited to renovation and extension projects for the following reasons:

Timber structures are an ideal choice when adding an additional storey on top of an existing building due to the fact that the weight of a timber structure is considerably less than that of a conventional brick and mortar building.


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