With over 25 years of experience designing custom homes and commercial buildings, we have become very familiar with the numerous types of construction.Our extensive experience designing these various types has given us the knowledge to provide all the design and blueprint necessities, ensuring that construction goes smoothly.

Because each type of construction requires specific design and structural requirements, be sure to select a designer with a high level of experience. Our level of expertise allows us to explain to each client not only the different benefits and costs of each construction method but also how their chosen method will affect their home design.

If you have questions regarding the different methods of construction, do not hesitate to call us and inquire about your project!

Wood Frame (Standard Design)

Wood frame construction or technically “Platform” construction, is the most common type of construction in Canadian house building. This method provides both the structure and the framework, but is also very labour intensive. Cost is minimal compared to other types; but additional costs, such as vapour barriers, air barriers, and insulation must be considered.

Wood Frame construction also creates a considerable amount of waste on each job site. However, most of our  house plans are designed with this type of construction due to the fact that it is the most common, industry accepted method.

Thermapan SIP (Structural Insulated Panels)

The Thermapan SIP panel is gaining in popularity due to its simple construction and high energy savings. Because these panels are both the structure and insulation assembly combined, it is very cost effective when compared to other construction methods.We have designed many house plans using SIP and are familiar with necessary design details that make this construction method possible.
Nauta Home Designs highly recommends this type of construction over all other types due to its simplicity and cost effective nature.

ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms)

Superior strength and very high “R” value make this type of construction ideal, but construction can be complicated. ICF walls are very thick and can take up important floor space, therefore detailed design is crucial to this building method. However, homes designed with ICF have superior sound insulation, excellent earthquake resistance, and minimal fire hazard.

Because house plans designed with ICF require more space and structural engineering, an experienced designer is a necessity. We have been designing with ICF for many years which allows us to utilize our knowledge of what it requires right from the start of each design.

Straw Bale

This type of construction is considered new, but the use of straw in construction dates back to the Paleolithic era. It’s inert properties and cell structure enables it to have high tensile strength and ability to “trap air”, therefore providing high “R” values.

Straw bale construction can be used to create many types of free form structures, allowing designers to be creative with curved walls and angles. This type of construction is energy efficient and simple to construct while also having a low fire hazard.

There is a growing interest in Canada for straw bale construction and we are interested in designing more homes using this construction method. The use of plaster both outside and inside gives a softer, looser finish that creates a very relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately maintenance can be cited as an issue with this method. However, we believe that this is the result of poor design; which is why we look at each aspect of the design to ensure moisture control.

Timber Post and Beam

Homes with exposed timber are exceedingly beautiful – high ceilings, large windows, and rustic timber details. This type of construction allows for large open spaces and awe inspiring views, but is also more expensive.

The timber itself has a high structural load and therefore requires that columns be at least 8×8 or 10×10 in size. Additionally, these large sections of timber are prone to cracking, checking, and moving. Sadly, fire hazards must also be considered. Due to the material, exposed structure, and large open spaces these homes may be more susceptible to fire damage.

For these reasons it is critical that your beautiful timber home be designed by an experienced and licensed designer who will give attention to each detail – ensuring that your home is both safe and beautiful.

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