If you are a happy owner of a country house, then most likely, you have already thought more than once about the need for an extension to the house. This is not surprising as the family is expanding and space is getting smaller, and expanding housing is not always easy. The best option for such a situation would be a frame extension to a wooden house. The frame will not shrink, and the choice of finishing and thermal insulation materials is quite wide. Do not put off the expansion of your home indefinitely; choosing a home extension builder will solve your problem as soon as possible.
What is a frame extension?
Using frame technology, an extension to the house is a robust and reliable frame, finished inside and out, insulated on all sides. The construction of the extension frame is light, reliable, and functional. If you have experience building houses or structures using frame technology, you can build an extension yourself. If there is no such experience, it is better to turn to professionals.
About the types of extensions
Depending on the design, an extension to the capital structure can be of one of the following types:
- Frame-shield. A simple technology in which SIP panels act as walls. They already have insulation in their design, so there is no need to insulate the frame extension to the house. Interpanel seams are quite easy to putty, which greatly simplifies and speeds up the process of interior decoration of the extension.
- Frame-frame. The technology is similar to the previous one; however, instead of SIP panels, it involves using OSB sheets. They are mounted on frame racks. The downside is that you will have to insulate the building and make plasterboard lining.
The construction of a frame veranda-extension to the house is a non-trivial process that requires patience, attentiveness, and great strength from the performers. If you doubt that you will be able to finish what you started, it is better to entrust this work to professionals who know their job.
- Foundation installation
As a rule, the extension is built much later than the completion of the main house. If this is the case in your case, you will have to make a separate foundation and connect it to the base of the building using embedded reinforcement.
- Strapping installation
At the second stage, the strapping beam is mounted. Since living quarters are extremely rarely placed in extensions, you can save money and use thinner beams and vertical racks than for a house – 10 cm instead of 20 recommended for heated living rooms.
- Frame installation
The frame can be assembled in one of two available ways. The first is the arrangement of external walls with a series of vertical posts made of wooden beams connected with lintels. The heads of the racks are necessarily attached to the upper strapping beam, on which the ceiling and the roof of the facility will be formed in the future.
- Roof assembly
Roofing can take up to half of the total construction time of an extension. This process can be accelerated, for example, by choosing a simple roof scheme. One of the easiest options in terms of implementation is a gable roof, coaxial to the roof of the main building. Their articulation will not take much time and effort if you plan the height of the building to be 60-70 cm less than the height of the house – the roof will rest against the pediment.
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