Stage 8: Finishing

Now that your timber frame 'shell' is complete, services can start almost immediately.

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It is advised to complete the structure as you see fit (all projects are different), but a typical order of events may be:

  • First-fix joinery, including external doors and windows
  • Felt, batten and tile roof
  • Cladding the structure: brickwork, timber or render
  • Wind & Watertighting; Vents, Fascias, Soffits etc
  • First-fix electrical
  • First-fix plumbing & heating
  • Fitting of insulation to ceilings (and walls, if not factory-fitted with timber frame)
  • Plasterboard ceilings and walls
  • Second-fix carpentry
  • Second-fix electrical
  • Second-fix plumbing & heating


You should be allowing around 8-10 weeks to complete the above, but this will depend on your project variables. During this time, it is also the ideal opportunity to complete your:

  • Hard landscaping (i.e. driveways, disabled pathways, garden structures, bin stores, paving, walls, fencing etc), and
  • Soft landscaping (i.e. turfing, seeding, planting, soil movement etc)
  • Don't forget that you can claim back the VAT on most materials purchased for hard landscaping within the garden of a new house or conversion
  • It is also possible to reclaim the VAT on some soft landscaping, so long as they were included or required within the planning consent.

Now, you are ready to consider:

  • Painting, decorating
  • Clean out
  • Moving in!
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