Carpenter Chris Gillick constructed his family home with the “stick built” timber frame method. Here’s how he and his wife Serena did it in County Meath.
In this article, Chris explains:
- What is a stick built timber frame house
- How to design and engineer a stick built timber frame house
- How much the stick build elements cost
- Stages involved in a timber frame stick build, from floor to stud walls
- How to take on a stick built timber frame project yourself
- How the project was managed on a day to day basis, by direct labour
- Services from wastewater treatment to drilling a well, and rainwater management with French drains
- Details of the planning permission stage
- DIY in frame kitchen design and build
- DIY staircase design and construction
- Air to water heat pump cost and specification
- Ventilation system choice: heat recovery vs demand controlled
Construction: timber frame (stick built)
Ventilation: centralised demand controlled
Heating and hot water: air to water heat pump
Build cost: €230k
Walls: timber frame, insulation 150mm mineral wool and 50mm PIR boards then 50x40mm battens for cables and services then another 50mm mineral wool.
Vaulted roof: 170mm mineral wool, 2x40mm PIR laid opposite direction, foil taped joints, counter battened for services and expanding foam and tapes.
Cold roof: 170mm mineral wool half inch ply on top, 100mm PIR foil taped with 18mm ply on top as attic floor.
Windows: triple glazed tilt and turn windows, RAL colour 7038 on the outside, white on the inside.