Frame houses are cheaper than brick houses and are built quickly – these are two factors that underlie their popularity. Components are manufactured at the factory, delivered to the site, and there, in fact, only their assembly is carried out. It would seem that what could be easier and what is the catch here. But one-story frame houses, which are discussed in detail below, are structures, the reliability and quality of which depends on the assembly contractor and on the quality of the components.. The case when a good builder is worth its weight in gold.
Advantages and disadvantages
The main advantage of the “frame” is the speed of installation. A maximum of two months is enough for an empty plot to become a haven for a full-fledged home. Of course, the speed of construction is influenced by the experience of specialists, weather conditions and some other factors..
What else attracts in frame houses.
- Low cost. A brick house looks more reliable, and this is not an illusion, but it will also cost a decent amount. Alas, not for everyone the lift. A frame house is considered a compromise solution, but this does not mean at all that it deliberately falls short of some level..
- Good thermal conductivity data. If you attach a high-quality insulation to the frame, the cost of heating the house in winter will noticeably decrease. And the summer air conditioning system will only benefit. “Frameworks”, as a rule, warm up faster.
- No shrinkage. For a frame house, immaculately dried wood is used, and therefore you will not have to hesitate with interior decoration – as soon as construction is completed, you can buy wallpaper.
- Inexpensive foundation. Frame houses are a priori light, and therefore are built on shallow foundations or on pile foundations. This is both economical and, again, speeds up the pace of construction..
- Environmental friendliness. Natural materials that meet sanitary standards help to classify this dwelling as environmentally friendly.
- Resistance to thermal shock. In cold and hot weather, the material from which the house is built will not change its characteristics.
- Seismic resistance / wind resistance. Such houses are being built in the States and in Japan, which is already an indicator of the meteorological readiness of the building..
- Suitable microclimate inside the house. And all thanks to natural wood, which absorbs excess moisture in the air..
Surely these are not all the advantages of frame-type houses, but the main ones are accurately described here..
Disadvantages of one-story “skeleton”.
- Not too long service life. Almost every house after 25 or a little more years of use needs to be given over to overhaul. And this is normal practice. So the “skeleton”, probably, after the specified period will require replacement of the outer skin and thermal insulation.
- High flammability rates. In the frame technology, wood is used, and there is no need to explain further. A warm, natural material used for thousands of years is good for many, but, alas, it burns well as well. This applies not only to frame buildings, but also to all wooden houses in principle. The treatment of wood with special anti-feather compounds helps – this is like an additional barrier to fire. The use of a non-combustible heat insulator also makes this item not so scary..
- Low noise insulation. For some it is low, for some it is quite suitable. The point is in the thickness of the steles and the materials used for thermal insulation and sound insulation. In a word, you can definitely correct this item.
- Rotting wood. And this is not a discovery for anyone. But it is dangerous for homes that are not well looked after. At the construction stage, the tree, again, is processed by special compositions, and this processing should be repeated from time to time (at least once every five years)..
- Pests in the walls. And this “minus” is indicated here as a stereotype that is repeated more often than such a situation actually occurs. If the tree is processed even only with those impregnations that are indicated above, no pest will want to “feast on” them.
Obviously, to measure which of the advantages and disadvantages outweighs, everyone will be himself. The decisive arguments are usually the speed of construction and the cost of the building..
It should be noted that the construction of frame houses in Russia (and in the post-Soviet space as a whole), although not an innovation, is not yet so widespread. Yes, and there is still little competition in the domestic market, and therefore the quality of materials and the work of builders are what causes heated debate..
Experts advise either to contact companies that purchase components from experienced foreign manufacturers (but this automatically increases the cost of the house, and decently), or to make a deal with a company that has established a full production cycle.
House layout options
1-storey “skeletons” are erected as quickly as possible, are delivered on a turnkey basis, use the space of the site optimally and are relatively inexpensive. At the design stage of the house, builders will think over the features of the foundation, frame, walls, type of roof and type of roof, partitions, and so on..
The size of the building depends on the customer’s request. Typical projects differ in size from 4.5×6 m or 5×5 m to 10×11 m, 10 by 13 meters. The living area of a small house can be only 23.2 squares (and this happens), and it can practically reach 170 squares or more. Houses up to 100 sq. m most in demand.
A veranda is a room that is adjacent to the house, has a spacious area, a roof, walls and large windows (this is usually the case). The veranda can be closed and open. Closed is more functional, it can be used regardless of the season and weather conditions outside the window. You can insulate the walls, you can equip the veranda with heating, or even install a real fireplace on it, and in winter it will be very good there. An open veranda is fully used only in the warm season, the structure does not have windows, therefore you cannot stay in it in the cold, in the wind and rain.
I must say that the veranda is stubbornly displaced by the terrace. She also adjoins the house, but purely spatially. She has her own roof and foundation, separate from the house. And the terrace does not always have a roof. It can be small, running along one wall of the house, or around the house from several sides. An open veranda is also called a terrace, and then it is clear what the customers mean..
What the layout of such a house might look like.
- This one-story “frame” has 3 bedrooms, and this is a typical option for a family with 4-6 people. One bedroom, usually the smallest, can be a guest bedroom. The terrace adjoins the part of the house where there is a large kitchen and living room. The kitchen has a full dining area, but in warm weather you can dine on the open veranda – and the proximity to the kitchen is obviously beneficial here. A dressing room and a pantry are located in one zone, the plan of the house includes 3 bathrooms.
One goes into the bedroom, the second into the corridor, the third into the hallway.
- And this is a project of the Finnish “skeleton” with a veranda of 20 squares. The veranda adjoins the living room and one of the bedrooms. In total, the floor accommodates 2 bedrooms, a dining room combined with a kitchen, a living room, one bathroom, a corridor, an entrance hall and a boiler room. In this case, the insulated veranda can be regarded as a full-fledged, rather large room.
- An example of a spacious one-storey “skeleton”, an open veranda in which opens on one side to the vestibule, on the other – to the technical room. And the living room windows lead just to the veranda. The house has 4 bedrooms and even a sauna.
- And one more one-story “frame” with an open veranda that stretches along the wall of the living room. Moreover, this is not just a living room, but a space of almost 39 square meters combined with a kitchen. That is, you can again dine on the veranda in the summer, and you won’t have to carry food far. The house has 3 bedrooms, one of which is for children. One bathroom, but rather big, there is a storage room in the corridor between the bedrooms.
Homes with an open or closed veranda are obviously some of the most popular frame-type projects..
The garage in the house is convenient, whatever one may say. Especially in cold weather, you do not need to spend minutes cleaning the car, you do not need to warm it up and freeze yourself at these moments. How exactly to arrange the garage, you can see the example of the following drawings.
Examples of “skeletons” with a garage.
- Classic garage layout with two entrances. In this case, there is no direct passage from the house to the garage, but this is not important for everyone. The room for the car is adjacent to the vestibule, an entrance hall and two wardrobes.
- A similar case – in the drawing a two-car garage, which can be accessed directly from the house.. It is large enough, adjacent to utility rooms, and not living rooms.
- In this case, the passage to the garage is directly from the corridor, which is also very convenient. Garage of almost 27 square meters, located next to the bedroom, bathroom and study. The living room and kitchen are on the other side of the house. In the center of this layout is a hall with access to almost all premises of the dwelling..
- The garage is about 19 square meters, and there will be only one car here. You can get into the garage from the corridor with which it is adjacent (as well as the vestibule and the laundry room). The house actually combines a living room and a kitchen, a dining room, and the bedrooms are moved to another part of the building – thus, the house is divided into a communication zone and a quiet zone.
Finished projects, using the services of specialists, can be slightly changed, adjusted according to your request.
With sauna or bath
Having a sauna or steam room right in the house is an ideal option for many who would like to save money on building an isolated room. And there are such options, both in large “frame houses” and in modest dwellings.
Let’s look at examples.
- This house has two rooms: kitchen-living room (one large space) and bedroom. But on the other hand, in a relatively small house there is a steam room, next to the washing room and the hall. The house is L-shaped around an open terrace. As a country house – a great solution, but also as a place for permanent residence for a small family.
- This project has a sauna, it borders on a shower. The sauna occupies 6.38 sq. m, shower room is slightly smaller. The sauna is adjacent to the porch and vestibule. The house has a kitchen-living room, two bedrooms, a furnace room, a hall, a corridor and a bathroom. There is a terrace adjoining one side of the house, the windows overlook it from the living room.
- A relatively small house with a living room, a spacious kitchen-dining room, one bedroom, hall, steam room and shower-font. There is also a terrace adjacent to the house. The best option for a young family or for a married couple of age who do not want to look after a huge home, but such a house is enough for their comfortable life and for receiving relatives.
- The house has a sauna of almost 11 squares, through the wall with it there is a washing room of 5.50 square meters. m. Both rooms can be accessed from the spacious living room. A small kitchen adjoins the living room, the dining area is moved to the living room, but is made not far from the kitchen.
All options are interesting, and you can find something acceptable for different possibilities.
Tips for choosing a project
The construction of a frame house always involves relying on a specific project, otherwise unforeseen circumstances can result in serious financial damage.
What are the benefits of projects developed by professionals:
- calculation of the dimensions of the frame elements;
- the step of setting the racks;
- the dimensions of the section of the beams;
- selection of the thickness of the outer walls;
- the amount of insulation used.
Preliminary calculations as part of the project are mandatory – they guarantee that during construction the budget does not “inflate” excessively.
Also, when choosing a project, the customer should understand this at least a little. For example, to understand that without loss of quality it can reduce the cost of construction.
So, the same bathroom and kitchen are the most expensive premises in the house at a cost per square meter.. This is due to sewerage, ventilation, water supply – in a word, engineering communications take their toll. And in order to reduce the cost of arranging these premises, they are made close to each other and minimize the area.
Roofing is also expensive. But here the savings can be, for example, due to the construction of a pitched roof. But from the basements in the “skeleton” is usually abandoned altogether, since the features of the technology and the foundation do not really allow to equip such a room. Again, creating a basement increases the estimate significantly. And, finally, there is also savings on the number of storeys..
Frame house design is a separate chapter in construction. The houses of the previous generation, according to the type of facade design, were not spoiled with variety: brick, paint, and a cement-sandy “fur coat”. Modern solutions, and the same appearance of frame technology, formed the demand for finishing. Of course, it did not abolish the classics, because beautiful brick houses and buildings made of logs have not disappeared anywhere, but they began to be “diluted” with buildings with siding, facade panels, decorative plaster, stone and tile cladding.
- Board – both planed and non-planed, predominantly with a horizontal butt orientation, but an overlapping orientation is also used (otherwise – “American”). But vertical cladding is not yet so popular, although its easily guessed Scandinavian style is gaining more and more fans..
- Planken – traditionally larch, this is the name for a perfectly smooth board with chipped edges and edges. This material is expensive, therefore it is rarely used in its pure form, it is better to combine it with another finish.
- Imitation of a bar – also made more often from conifers. After the installation of such material, the facade of the house will be indistinguishable from the facade of the building, assembled from natural profiled timber.
- Clapboard – used both in the interior and on the facade. This is a dry profiled board with a tongue-and-groove system. Coniferous material is preferred.
- Block house – that is, imitation of a log. The profile is semi-cylindrical. It is also difficult to distinguish from a log cabin after finishing..
Wooden cladding of any kind is attached to the crate, to hardware.
This is an environmentally friendly finish with a high decorative effect, which is relatively easy to install, resistant to temperature changes and is not afraid of mechanical stress..
However, those who do not want to “mess” with wood should consider the option of facade plaster. The latter is applied by different techniques, it can be obtained “with a pattern” or be uniform, with a slight relief. After applying the plaster, the facade should be primed and painted in any color you like. It is difficult to single out one super-fashionable one, but now one-story houses of all kinds of gray variations (from wet asphalt to beige-gray and umber gray) look interesting. Of other current colors, the following can be recommended:
- may green;
- chrome green;
- capri blue;
- ocean blue;
- purple pastel;
- pink antique;
- red and lilac;
- yellow pastel.
Very often, future owners create a dilemma for themselves: a “frame” or a house made of SIP panels. Performance is similar in many ways, with a whole host of other factors to consider. Appearance, the presence of a good team and experienced designers are very important. And you can literally fall in love with the house by the picture..
For example, according to such example pictures.
- Light olive color with white edging looks very delicate, the house is small, which means it will suit many customers with a pared down budget.
- The interesting shape of the roof, the trendy gray color in the decoration of the facades, elegant white accents – everything in it attracts. Well, and where without a fashionable terrace.
- The house also has an unusual terrace overlooking the windows of a spacious living room. The house has several entrances.
- A laconic house of dark color, simple geometry, which is perfect in it. Dispels myths that dark houses make dark and landscape context.
- And this blue color looks so elegant that you want to look into the house right now. Two entrances, high windows in the living room, white edging – it seems to be ideal for budget houses.
- Lemon shades can also be used in the design of facades, this diverts attention from the modest size of the home.
- Another dark house, very roomy, decorated with restraint and soundly.
- A huge area in front of the house will become the place where the summer dining room will be located..
The dark roof is successfully combined with white accents on the facade.
- And here is a house with a pitched roof, with two color layers, reminiscent of a dessert – light on top and chocolate on the bottom.
- For those who are not tired of white, to the attention of such a cozy home. Incidentally, with a garage.