Thermohaus® is a unique modular design concept for contemporary, value engineered and highly energy efficient timber frame kit homes, designed specifically for the self-builder.
Thermohaus® is founded on the principals of 'Keep It Simple, Make It Better' and 'Fabric First'. Therefore, there are no built-in redundancies or legacy defects and owners enjoy very low maintenance and energy running costs.
In combination, the features and benefits of the Thermohaus® design concept and enhanced specification mean our kit homes, in standard form, are superior to anything our UK rivals offer. And, compared to Continental European and North American imports, offer significantly better value for money.
Features and benefits include:
• Compact designs which aim to minimise circulation space in favour of good sized rooms, putting the space where you actually need it.
• Higher levels of insulation in floors, walls and roofs creating a very energy efficient building envelope, minimising heating costs and improving occupier comfort.
• Integrated mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system design ensuring maximum efficiency combined with minimum outlay and ease of installation, reducing overall build costs.
• Single skin wall construction, greatly reducing foundation costs. Although conventional cavity wall construction can be employed, if preferred.
• Open metal web floor joists providing clear spans (for open plan living) and easy installation and routing of wires, pipes and ducts - no drilling through joists required and no risk of weakening the structure as a consequence.
• Totally flexible internal layout of accommodation modules means you can have what you want, where you want it.
• For two storey modules, an easy going (14 rise) dog-leg staircase, with no tapered steps, makes moving from one floor to another as safe as possible. And, makes moving furniture and installing a chair lift (if required) much simpler.
• Oak doors throughout, adding style and appeal to the interior environment.
• Dual finish (inside and out), low maintenance and recyclable energy efficient uPVC windows and doors, with a wide choice of colours, adding further style and appeal. All openable windows provide an emergency escape route and are cleanable from the inside to provide greater safety. Timber and aluminium clad timber windows and doors available.
• Composite front entrance door with decorative glass and matching sidelights for added appeal and a stylish welcome for visitors. Wide choice of door styles and glass patterns available to add to the uniqueness of your home.
Designing your Thermohaus® home could not be simpler. You could say it’s as easy as ABC!
The Thermohaus® design concept just 5 primary building blocks. A full height (2.4m) accommodation block, a two-third height ‘room in roof’ (1.6m) accommodation block, a mono-pitch roof block, a duo-pitched roof block with either flat or vaulted ceiling and a full height storey link or porch block. For a very contemporary look, there is also a simple flat roof option.
Accommodation blocks have nominal internal dimensions of 4.8m in width and 10.2m in length, providing a gross internal floor area of approximately 49m2.
Link/porch blocks have nominal internal dimensions of 2.1m in width and 4.8m in length adding a further 10m2 of gross internal floor area. Whereas link blocks will always have a flat roof, porch blocks may have either a flat or mono-pitch, lean-to roof of variable pitch to suit the house design.
Similarly, if joining accommodation blocks without a link, we will provide a valley infill so that the roof runs through from one block to the other.
Mono-pitch roof blocks have a pitch of 15 degrees and the duo-pitch roof blocks have a pitch of 45 degrees.
The accommodation blocks do not require internal load-bearing walls meaning the internal layout can be whatever suits you best. We recommend separate blocks for living and sleeping but you can have whatever you want.
Unlike some suppliers we don’t offer multiple kit packages with differing specifications. This is simply too confusing. We offer just one package which is the best we can, for a price which, whilst not necessarily the cheapest, we believe offers best value for money.
Thermohaus was conceived by chartered surveyor and building consultant Peter Body. Peter has over 50 years’ experience in the housing sector, initially as a quantity surveyor in private practice, then a building designer / house builder and more recently a timber frame kit manufacturer.
In 1984 he founded Norscot Joinery, now a leading timber frame kit manufacturer in Scotland, which he managed until he retired in 2018. Peter deals with all Thermohaus® kit enquires personally, to ensure clients set off on the right footing.
Jonathan Miller, an architectural designer with 20 years’ experience in the industry, then prepares the necessary drawings, specification, certification, etc. and guides clients through the statutory planning and building regulation process.
Finally, Norscot Joinery will manufacture your Thermohaus® kit and deliver it to site. Norscot have been designing, manufacturing and supplying bespoke timber frame house kits for self-builders market for over 30 years. Their customers are spread throughout the UK and as far afield as France and Spain.
A kit erection service is available, for those who require it.