Fraemohs Homes was founded in 1968 by Monni Fraemohs, who brought with him from Denmark a passion for solid timber home construction. Since then, we’ve built thousands of houses all across New Zealand and the world in the distinctive Fraemohs log home style.
The Solid Timber system uses interlocking timber boards that stack on top of one another to form the walls of your home. There is no separate framing, cladding, or lining in these homes. The walls are solid timber, and provide insulation and protection from the elements as well as forming the exterior finish and the internal finish – all with a single material.
Most of our kitset homes are in our log home style. Our clients love them because they are easy and fast to assemble. If you’re the home handyman (or handywoman) type and don’t mind a bit of heavy lifting, you will be more than capable of assembling the walls and installing the doors and windows. Because a lot of the work is done in our factory, the time on site in construction reduces significantly, which allows you to save on costs on site like equipment hire and travel for tradespeople. If you are planning to build in a remote location, you can’t beat a Fraemohs Solid Timber Home.
If durability is a concern (it should be!), then an interlocking solid timber home may be perfect for you. Almost indestructible, our homes offer exceptional performance in earthquakes and unparalleled wear resistance. Our clients find our solid timber homes are the natural choice for exposed environments and high wear situations like motels and rental properties. We even supply kit homes to the Pacific Islands, where they are known for their performance in hurricane conditions (there is a reason why we refer to the tie rods in our solid timber homes as hurricane rods!). Sometimes we need to make minor upgrades in the case of extreme environmental conditions, but you get suitability for “high” wind zone (as defined in NZS3604:2011 – the design standard for timber framed buildings), and 1.5kPa design snow loading right out of the box.
An oft-underestimated aspect of building in remote locations, is the cost of labour. Accommodation and transport costs rise the farther the project is from your building partner’s homebase.
Building a Solid Timber kitset home is a clever way to negate those higher labour costs. Because they are constructed using prefabricated components, most of the hard work is done in a factory and much less time is therefore required on site to build your new home.
Because the structural components are pre-manufactured, all of the measurements are precisely accurate. This means that all of the windows and doors can be ordered off the plans rather than having to wait for the framing to be complete to measure all of the openings on site. The same applies for the kitchen, which can also be pre-ordered based on the plan measurements without the need for a site measurement.
Windows and kitchen joinery are the aspects that cause delays in many building projects, so it is really beneficial being able to get these ordered early on to reduce the chances of hold-ups to your build.
Plaster and paint needs time to dry between coats, so the interior finishing work is often one of the most time-consuming and difficult to coordinate aspects of building in a remote location. You essentially eliminate the need for finishing trades such as gib-stopping and painting by building with Solid Timber.
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