I used to live in one. Rapping on an external wall from the
inside the house produced the same hollow sound & feel as
knocking an internal plasterboard/stud partition.
Knocking an outside wall in a normally constructed house produces
the more resilient feel and sound of solid masonry. If a house
had plasterboard stuck to studs mounted on a masonry wall you
would get the wrong answer of course.
You could also ask the owner what fixings he uses in external
walls, e.g. for shelving - special plasterboard fixings as would
be used in a stud wall, or normal plugs.
Removing a light switch or electrical socket would show you.
Those were the only tell-tales in mine apart from drilling a hole
from inside. Oh, and the bottom-head at work who nearly every day
used to come up to my desk and ask if it hard rotted away yet,
this being at the time when Barrats screwed up by putting plastic
sheeting inside the cavity and promoting rot very quickly. Mine
was by another builder, didn't have the plastic, and is still
standing, as is the rest of the estate AFAIK.
What differences does it actually make to be living in a timber-framed
property. Builders obviously construct using this technique for some
properties for a reason.
Is there anything sinister to look out for when living in one?
Its sounds different. That's the only thing I have noticed.
Damp if left untreated is more likley to result in serious structural rot.
It's harder to hang pictures :-)
Its easier to modify things that require holes in walls.
Bit of a comedown if you have been used to the immense solidity of an
ex-council house, where *ALL* walls are solid masonry, upstairs and
down. My dream, really, would be to port my existing property to
another part of the country. You can't get much more structurally
sound than many 1950s-built council houses. Of course, some were crap,
The kind of timber framed houses I'm thinking of here are jerry-built
crap, thrown up as quickly as possibly to make as much money as
possible by cutting as many corners as possible. That is NOT to deride
ALL timber framed buildings, as I know that other countries such as
Sweden, Germany, Finland and America can build highly successful,
durable and pleasing buildings using timber.
The kind of "home" I am thinking of is the typical "Wimpey" style
house of the mid to late 1980s. Avoid them like the plague.
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