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Why Do You Need a Timber Structure Specialist?

Are you planning to build a garden cabin, wooden pergola, garden office or a treehouse for your children? You may be considering building it yourself, but this is a large undertaking that requires the expertise and skill of a professional timber structures expert.

Whether you are creating more space for storage, a place to work or an environment you can enjoy in your downtime, consulting a timber structure specialist is vital. These specialist carpenters can review your timber structure design and then erect it safely, avoiding pitfalls you might not have foreseen yourself. This ensures the structure is both safe and fit for purpose.

What Does a Timber Structure Specialist Do?

The services provided by timber structure specialists are wide-ranging and can include:

  • Providing advice on building permits and legal considerations: Before you start to build a garden cabin or any other timber structure, you should check your local laws and regulations. In the UK, you must acquire approval before building a new structure. This may require planning permission or, at the very least, a building permit. There will be strict guidelines on the height of your structure to ensure that it does not overlook your neighbour’s garden and cause privacy issues. There are also guidelines surrounding the depth of the foundations during excavation, as well as a minimum distance your garden cabin or building must be from any neighbouring properties. If in doubt, it’s best to speak to your local council, where someone will be able to offer you with advice. When you make your application for a building permit, a timber structures contractor will also inform you of local legal requirements and ensure they are adhered to during the construction process.
  • Determining the correct foundation: Once planning has been approved, your timber structures specialist will decide which foundation is best for your garden cabin, garage or building. This may include a plastic shed base, cement or timber. The type, size and intended use of your structure will determine the type of foundation you need. Larger garden cabins for outdoor workshops, offices or summerhouses, for example, will require a concrete foundation, which will provide a solid and long-lasting support for the structure. For a smaller garden shed that’s intended for storing bikes, tools and garden furniture, a plastic shed base will suffice. Either way, once the base is in place, it’s time to start thinking about the timber frame structure.
  • Different types of timber: This is where an expert’s knowledge really comes into play. Not all types of wood are the same. Making the wrong choice could result in the wooden walls of your cabin cracking, swelling or even shrinking. This is even more pertinent in the summer and winter, when seasonal changes can play havoc with certain types of timber. It might turn out that an oak timber structure, for example, is the best for your particular garden due to a variety of factors. A timber structure specialist can not only ensure the most durable and high-quality material is used, but also that it’s appropriately treated to last.
  • Timber structure building: Constructing a garden cabin is a labour-intensive task that could take several days. Engaging the services of a timber structure specialist will save you time, effort and even money — as building your new space in the wrong way could lead to you spending money on a professional to repair it. Using care and precision, your contractor will construct and fit the various components of your timber building, including doors and windows. The roof structure is incredibly important and must be watertight to prevent leaks and pitched correctly to enable rain water run-off. The weight of the roof must also be considered so as not to compromise or put pressure on the body of your cabin, garage or shed. Your contractor may also engage the services of an electrician to provide lighting and power.
  • Aftercare: A timber structure expert will provide you with aftercare advice, including which paint and wood protection treatment you should regularly apply to ensure durability and longevity. Wood is a natural material that is susceptible to mould and algae, and so it requires ongoing care.

How To Find a Timber Structure Specialist Near You?

To find a timber structure specialist near you, follow our simple three-step process:

  1. Post your job: Find your location, either by typing in your postcode or town, or selecting from our extensive list of regions, counties and cities in the UK. We ask you to select your maximum budget, so that you never pay more than what you can afford. Post the details of your job and we’ll match you with tradesmen in your area who are qualified and experienced to do the work.
  2. Get quotes: We’ll send your job listing to timber specialists in your area. We’ll notify you via text when three tradesmen have expressed interest in your job.
  3. Select your tradesman: Review the profiles and experience of the tradesmen interested in working with you. You can use HaMuch to read customer reviews from people just like you, compare rates and see how close they are to you. You can even communicate with tradesmen to discuss the work before making your decision — you’re in complete control!

Our search tools are designed to help you find a tradesman that best suits your needs, budget and location.

When looking for a timber structure specialist, use HaMuch to find a contractor you can trust. We pride ourselves on being the only comparison platform that has a comprehensive list of tradesmen and lets you check and compare rates, and select your maximum budget, instantly.

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Rates for Tradesmen in the UK

Builder

Builder: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Builders
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Teignbridge£23£189
South Oxfordshire£33£224
South Ayrshire£22£176
The Wrekin£24£197
Renfrewshire£36£277
Havant & Waterloo£27£192
Liverpool£26£179
Stratford-on-Avon£27£197
Cheltenham£29£230
Eastleigh£29£209

Carpenter & Joiner

Carpenter & Joiner: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Carpenter & Joiners
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Wigan£23£172
North Lincolnshire£19£158
Broxtowe£27£192
North Wiltshire£25£192
Exeter£20£157
Breckland£21£186
North Ayrshire£23£192
Pembrokeshire£22£200
South Kesteven£21£179
Amber Valley£26£186

Electrician

Electrician: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Electricians
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Vale of White Horse£37£218
Thurrock£41£253
Isle of Wight£38£226
Walsall£29£207
North Hertfordshire£36£238
Nottingham£29£200
Redcar & Cleveland£31£241
Chester£28£196
St Helens£28£203
Torbay£27£215

Gardener

Gardener: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Gardeners
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Erewash£20£177
Exeter£24£144
Peterborough£30£280
East Hertfordshire£24£182
Bury£31£197
Canterbury£25£220
Swale£29£235
North Ayrshire£23£170
Salford£24£171
Highland£28£210

Locksmith

Locksmith: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Locksmiths
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Charnwood£22£160
Highland£25£200
Breckland£30£240
London£55£283
Rochdale£43£222
Havant & Waterloo£39£250
North Tyneside£41£258
Lancaster£23£233
Cheltenham£75£588
Plymouth£18£105

Cleaner

Cleaner: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Cleaners
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Eastleigh£14£116
East Hampshire£18£138
Mid Sussex£16£107
Bury£14£110
Warrington£14£114
Doncaster£11£83
Gwynedd£12£92
Tameside£15£116
Reading£19£148
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£31£222

Car Mechanic

Car Mechanic: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Car Mechanics
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Epping Forest£41£265
Bassetlaw£36£270
Tendring£35£200
Wirral£36£248
Thamesdown£35£200
Caerphilly£35£240
Newcastle-upon-Tyne£48£225
Gedling£36£271
North Somerset£38£300
Dundee£40£320

Heating Engineer

Heating Engineer: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Heating Engineers
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Lisburn£31£199
Wigan£38£232
Carmarthenshire£30£198
Gloucester£75£320
East Riding£33£204
Chester£36£209
Waveney£38£254
Stoke-on-Trent£36£223
South Ayrshire£35£217
Havant & Waterloo£41£248

Plumber

Plumber: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Plumbers
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Havant & Waterloo£41£244
West Lothian£39£269
Wolverhampton£38£223
Bury£46£236
West Lancashire£34£217
Wycombe£51£279
Scottish Borders£48£370
North Wiltshire£48£307
Aylesbury Vale£46£269
Leicester£38£219

Painter & Decorator

Painter & Decorator: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges). More rates for Painter & Decorators
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Peterborough£33£178
North Lanarkshire£18£144
East Riding£18£157
Plymouth£19£144
London£29£191
East Ayrshire£20£171
Eastleigh£30£178
Kingston-upon-Hull£16£142
Stratford-on-Avon£19£166
Basildon£25£176

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