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Timber Frame Self Build

  • Erecting a Timber frame buildingErecting a Timber frame building

    Fri 1st - Tues 5th Sept 2017.
    Course starts at 5pm and ends at 1pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation:-
    Waged £600, Low Waged / Concession £500.

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Course details

Join our exciting new series of short courses for 2017 where you can learn how to build a whole home!

This March 2017 Timber Frame Self Build course is the first in the series and you’ll be building a frame using a combination of the Walter Segal method and attractive mortice and tenon joints as part of an exposed beam design.

You’ll learn a range of timber frame building techniques, how to use tools safely and correctly, marking out, measuring and cutting the frame as well as frame raising. Also included are talks on planning, ecological building materials and low energy homes. You will gain lots of hands-on experience culminating in a finished timber frame at the end of the week.

Other courses in the series will include frame raising, floor joists and flooring, rafters and roofing, Solar PV installation, partition walls and insulation, straw bale walls and cladding with tiles and timber.

There will also be time during the course to ask questions about your own projects so bring along drawings and plans with you too, if you like.

The course is for anyone with an interest in sustainable construction and self-build. This course welcomes self-builders, construction teachers, individuals looking to re-skill and architects.

Things you need to know

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £100 deposit and 1 day course fees are non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us this notice of cancellation:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £100 deposit.
• 8 to 27 days notice – refund minus your £100 deposit for sales of £200 or under. On sales over £200 - 50% refund.
• 7 days notice or under – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


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Email courses@cat.org.uk
or phone 01654 704 966

There are places available on this course.

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