Architects in Tunbridge Wells
8 St Johns Road
The Swedish House Company is a family business, with a small team of dedicated individuals specialising in the design and supply of bespoke, prime quality engineered, Swedish timber framed homes for private clients in the UK and Ireland.
Our manufacturing is solely from our select factories in Sweden.
I am Simon Hayes and I have the privilege of managing this business.
Shortly after joining in 1983, I took over the reigns from the late entrepreneur Bernard Gore based in London who pioneered the importation of Swedish timber framed homes to the UK back in 1946.
In recent years we have focused on individual designs and enhancing the detailed specifications, looking to a future when our homes need to be independent of fossil fuels.
Bernard was responsible for literally thousands of low cost Swedish homes; I on the other hand, can only claim some 500+ but each is unique and special.
Over the years we have witnessed many “fads" come and go with catch-phrases like “Executive homes" “Low energy homes" “Eco homes" and more recently “Passive homes"
In fact almost everything today claims to have “Eco" credentials; including cars!
If you would like to cut through all the marketing jargon please give me a call and I will happily talk you through what we are about and why it makes simple sense to build Swedish!
The Swedish House Company follows an almost Japanese-like philosophy of continuous improvement.
We take pride in the knowledge that we sustain a cutting edge within the industry but don't jump in on every latest fad. We don't change the fundamentals of our proven technology but constantly examine the system and processes to see if there is anything we can do better.
We listen closely to our customers.
We believe that by investing your money where it counts; in the top quality super insulated fabric of the building, your home will be ‘future-proof'.
Ever practical, the Swedes have evolved a construction system that is based on a very simple grid principle. By designing the floor layout on this grid you benefit from great efficiencies in manufacturing and construction time on site.
But this principle does not mean that your design flair need be restricted. Most building components nowadays are made to metric dimensions, most commonly wall and ceiling boards, plywood and flooring, windows and doors.
The principle of our grid is to accommodate these standard components efficiently by effectively “dropping them" into our grid. We base our designs on gross internal floor area dimensions in modules of 300, 600 and 1200mm. For efficiency most house plans are formed with a collection of interconnecting rectangles but each of these rectangles can easily follow the same grid principle. In practical terms you might choose to start with a rectangular floor plan measuring say 9.6m by 7.2m internally i.e. 8 modules of 1200mm by 6 modules. It's a good principle to try to stick with internal building lengths on the 1200 or 600 grid but internal spans usually require more flexibility. When planning the internal layout don't forget to allow for the thickness of internal walls (generally 100mm) as they can account for 5% of the available floor area and of course don't forget to design in lots of practical movement and storage space.
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