A method of house construction were instead of an inner skin or blocks that
house is constructed of a timber frame which is treated for damp and covered in
a damp proof membrane. Then an outer skin or brocks is constructed around the
timber frame to provide a more weather proof coating. The timber frame is the
main load bearing part of the structure and generally the brick facade is more
decorative than structural.
This type of construction is not only a great deal cheaper than more traditional
methods but also a lot quicker as once the ground work has been done a house can
appear in a matter of days.
Timber framed properties have traditionally suffered from poor damp-proofing and
this restricts the number of lenders willing to accept them as security. Modern
building techniques have largely removed these difficulties and properties
constructed since about 1980 should be acceptable security to most lenders.