Benefits of Timber Wall Frame Construction

Eugene Vargas

If you're planning to build a home, one of the main things you'll be considering is the best construction material for your needs. To help you make an informed decision, let's look at some of the benefits of using timber wall frames when constructing your home.

Cost Effective

As the most common Australian house frame building material, all professionals involved in the building industry are familiar with timber framing. This means less complications, minimal labour, and competitive prices. You can have your timber house frame sketched by the architect, approved by your local council, and erected by professional tradespersons quickly, painlessly and cheaply.


If you're particularly time-poor, timber wall frames can be purchased prefabricated for your convenience. As these components are certified and approved by building authorities off-site, there is a significant reduction in on-site labour costs and erection times. If you are working in a location prone to unpredictable or very wet weather, prefabricated timber framing can also help to reduce the effects of poor weather conditions on the momentum of your build.

Environmentally Friendly

Timber construction materials use a relatively minimal level of non-renewable energy during the extraction and manufacturing process, in comparison with steel, masonry or concrete. Timber provides a carbon storage solution during it's growth, has low embodied energy, and can be fully recycled when no longer in usable.

Flexible Design Options

By using timber for your house frame, you will be able to customise your design considerably. Not only will you have flexibility when selecting a floor plan, you will also have the ongoing reassurance that simple interior renovations will be supported by the solid exterior shell. Inserting a window to harness natural light is a straightforward process when dealing with a timber frame over brick veneer.

If you originally opted for an open-plan home layout, yet feel the need for additional internal walls at a later date, you can feel confident that the structural integrity of your timber framed home will withstand significant interior renovations. Additionally, a variety of cladding options are available to customise the appearance of your timber framed home to ensure an aesthetically-pleasing building solution for every application and style.

Excellent Thermal Insulation

Timber is also a highly effective thermal insulator, particularly when additional insulation materials are placed between frame spaces and quality cladding is used. This means that your home will be naturally cooler in summertime and warmer in winter—allowing for consistent indoor comfort without exorbitant energy bills.

For a flexible, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly house frame that keeps your home at a comfortable temperature year round, consider timber as your house frame construction material of choice. Learn more about the benefits and local quotes by talking to contractors such as Wonson Frames & Trusses.