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Transforming timber frame business efficiency with digital design & production
Timber frame is an increasingly integral element of efficient modern construction. Timber wall frames and flooring cassettes represent some of the most easily accessible offsite options for contractors looking for better and faster ways to deliver all types of residential and commercial buildings. Offering speed, sustainability and environmental benefits, it is unsurprising that it is a rapidly growing and vibrant manufacturing sector that has become a fundamental part of the construction supply chain.
Firms seeking to maximise the market opportunities of timber framing in house-building and other areas of construction are turning to digital design to help them build strong, efficient, and sustainable manufacturing businesses – and stand out in the crowd to secure offsite contracts.
Their choice of digital solution is critical and determines the speed at which they can execute a project, the resource and time costs involved, and how easily they can move from concept to finalised design to manufactured frames of totally dependable high quality – and thus assure on-time delivery to site.
Why people choose Framing
Success Story: Hubb Timber Framing Limited
Hub Timber Frame is a small, yet established, building contractor and timber frame design company based in Somerset. It uses Framing from Elecosoft to help it operate efficiently, drive manufacturing, and save significant time on design and design changes. It manufactures all its timber frames in-house and delivers complete projects, from design concept to installation and specialises in bespoke timber frame houses, barn conversions, extensions and garden pods.
Building a competitive edge
Adam Poole is co-founder and chief designer for Hubb Timber Frame. As a qualified carpenter, Adam used to design frames by hand. When he and his partner founded the business, they were determined to get to the point where they could manufacture in house as soon as possible, to maximise quality and profitability. Making this work meant that they could efficiently design buildings and drive production, as well as find premises for a manufacturing workshop.
“It was an easy decision once I saw what the software could do, and the time it could save. It was unprecedented and would save us days or weeks in designing the frame. ”
Adam learned about Framing when Elecosoft reached out to them, and once he saw the software demonstration immediately realised it was the solution they needed. The company has now been using Framing software for 13 years. Although Hubb remains small, with just three people in its workshop, today it can compete against much bigger rival contractors. Adam is the sole designer and software user, which makes efficiency vital. He described Framing’s contribution: “Framing is phenomenal and has made us completely competitive against bigger companies. Not only has it eased the design and quotation process, but it makes it all incredibly easy as it calculates the materials required for each job. It is simply a massive time-saving tool.”