Drean Rooms Construction is a proud member of the Master Builders Association.

Dream Rooms Construction has been in the building industry for well over 30 years.

The business was initially started by Tom Smyth who is a fully qualified carpenter from Northern Ireland. Tom has been working on building sites for many years now, and his work with Timber was something he began introducing into the South African market from around the 1990’s.

Tom had come over to South Africa to bask in our divine climate and take the reins on a business opportunity, Tom noticing a gap in the market decided to focus on Timber Frame building, as supposed to traditional building techniques for many reasons.
It is cheaper, quicker, cleaner and lighter to erect and insulates much better than traditional methods. Timber frame loft rooms are the ideal solution to adding a second story to your home.

Dream Rooms has been using first world methods in building for many years, and we’re happy to say we have saved many of our clients, time, money and a 99.9% hassle free experience to building.

Visit our F.A.Q’s section to see some common questions to timber frame loft rooms and houses.

  • A loft room in 3 easy steps

    Your Dream Rooms Loft Room is a 3 stage process because:

    1. There is no need to underpin and strengthen the existing foundations, as timber is lighter than conventional building systems.
    2. Prior to timber you would have to wait for traditional materials to dry, not with timber loftrooms this is a thing of the past.
    3. There is no need for sand or cement etc. which means that it is not only faster, but also cleaner.

    Say goodbye to inconvenience, disruption and damage to your home.

  • Benefits of a timber frame home or loft room

    Reduced project cost
    – Greater predictability, better control and faster pace lead to lower project cost.

    Faster build
    – 30% shorter construction time than brick and block
    – Faster return on investment
    – Minimal neighbourhood disruption.

    Not weather dependent
    – A typical house can be weather-tight in less than 5 days.

    Brickwork removed from the critical path
    – Other trades can be working before the brickwork is complete.

    Reduced drying-out time
    – Internal finishing can be completed sooner
    – Less risk of shrinkage and expensive call-backs.

    More flexible design
    – Suitable for different building types and layouts
    – Accommodates a wide range of external finishes and claddings
    – Easy installation of services
    – Easy to customise and extend.

    Better build quality
    – Each unit is an engineered solution with the consistency and accuracy of CADCAM factory technology
    – Less dependency on site skills
    – Lower call-back costs.

    Lighter foundations
    – Lightweight construction means less expensive foundations and a less adverse effect on the water table
    – Enables larger buildings to be constructed on sites with poor ground conditions (i.e. Brownfield sites).

    Reduced waste
    – As the structural materials are factory prepared there is less need for excess material on site, reducing waste and loss through theft, as well as allowing a tidier, safer site.

    Lower impact on the environment
    – The most environmentally friendly building system.

    Fulfils Corporate Social Responsibility
    – Wood is the only renewable commercial building material
    – Using wood helps reduce global warming; the ‘carbon sink’ effect, low embodied energy and excellent insulation properties of wood make it effectively carbon neutral.

    Satisfied customers
    – Warmer homes
    – Lower heating bills
    – Fewer rectification call-backs.

  • Timberframe houses and the most frequently asked questions

    How safe is a Timber Home in a Fire?
    • Timber can withstand temperatures of up to 2000ºc. At this temperature brick and mortar as well as steel are already in trouble. Steel starts bending and buckling at between 800º to 900º.
    • Timber frame structures are designed to limit the flow of air in the wall and floor cavities thus slowing down the rate of the fire and limiting the damage, allowing evacuation. A fire rating of at least 45 minutes applies to our structures.
    • Timber maintains its structural integrity long after the brick and mortar in a typical masonry built house has suffered severe cracking due to the different coefficients of expansion of the two materials.
    • Timber has a predictable charring rate of approximately 3mm per minute for soft wood.
    How is a Timber Home insulated?
    • Timber is a natural insulator with the ability to gain or lose heat slowly. Timber cushions temperature changes. Timber’s thermal efficiency is as much as 6 to 8 times greater than that of masonry construction.
    • Timber buildings are extremely energy efficient. The hollow wall cavities, ceilings and even sub floor spaces are heavily insulated resulting in decreased fossil fuel heating needs (lower electricity bills!).
    What about termites and insects?
    • Timber requires protection. Timber treatment is under strict regulation by the NHBRC and National Building Regulations e.g. SANS10005: 1996. Timber is treated for many applications involving exposure to the elements, moisture, ground contact and other factors that may promote biological or other degrade. In addition modern building codes and standards require greater assurance of performance and safety which requires the enhancement of natural wood, thus treatment of timber.
    What is the best wood to use in a Timber Frame Home?
    • Particular wood species such as Pine, Mahogany, Saligna, Balau and Teak are naturally resilient to decay and can be shaped into any form you require.
    Is it environment friendly? And how long does it take to renew the resources?
    • Wood has unique advantages, it is the only material featured specifically in the European Code for Sustainable Homes. Wood grows naturally and needs no energy to produce.
    • Timber buildings are environmentally friendly and therefore ideally suited to mountain-side plots and eco-sensitive areas – resulting in very little disturbance to the existing vegetation as well as minimizing site excavation and costly access with heavier materials.
    What is Timber’s Carbon Footprint?
    • Timber is formally known as a Carbon Negative, as the Carbon is trapped within and only released when a tree decomposes.
    How do you install a Fireplace in a Timber Home?
    • It is a myth that you cannot build a fireplace in a Timber Home. A simple brick structure on a suitable foundation and a chimney is all that is required. All fireplaces include the same basic components. These are the base, firebox, smoke chamber and the chimney. Fireplaces in Timber Homes are built as in conventional homes.
    How long does it take to erect a Timber Frame Home?
    • Depending on terrain, location, size and conditions it would take approximately 3 to 5 months to complete the construction.
    What about insurance and Bank Finance?
    • Insurance: There are no implications when it comes to insuring a Timber Frame Home.
    • Bonds: Are obtainable from all financial institutions provided that the structure complies with the SANS10082 and that the builder is registered with the Timber Frame Builders Association.
    How strong is a Timber Home?
    • Timber houses are extremely strong and can endure most weather conditions.
    • In the case of an earthquake and on impact a Timber Home is safer than a brick and mortar structure.
    What foundations does a Timber Home have?
    • Foundations can be a concrete slab or Pole type. Pole foundations are much more cost effective and less expensive than a concrete slab. On average a 100m² dwelling will cost R40 000.00 less on Poles than Slabs. Pole foundations are also better in clay and sand and the environmental damage is negligible as the structure is above the ground and the damage to the surrounding area is minimal.
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