Solid timber construction on the rise with Fraemohs Homes Tasman

In the era of eco-conscious building, solid timber construction is making waves, and at the forefront of this natural materials movement are Fraemohs Homes.

The allure of Fraemohs Homes lies in their signature solid timber residences, renowned for their quality, durability, warmth and distinctive character. These homes are more than just structures; they provide homeowners with inviting, functional and health-conscious living spaces that harmonize with their surroundings.

“We enjoy working with our clients and subcontractors; it’s all about clear communication and understanding, especially within a build process, and we feel that every project should be a really positive experience for all involved.”

The journey of Andy and Kathy Jessop, the franchise owners of Fraemohs Homes – Tasman, began when they sought a fresh challenge. The opportunity arrived in late 2020, amidst the post-pandemic period characterized by sluggish material supplies and soaring demand for skilled trades.

A genuine passion for solid timber construction drove their journey. “Fraemohs Homes appealed to us because the solid timber homes are a quality, natural and sustainable product, so when the opportunity arose, we were keen to get on board,” Kathy explains.

With backgrounds that complement the skills required for residential construction, the Jessops undertook a dedicated effort to upskill themselves. They’ve assembled a team of skilled and reliable subcontractors spanning the Marlborough, Tasman and Nelson regions, emphasizing clear communication, and understanding throughout the building process.

“We enjoy working with our clients and subcontractors; it’s all about clear communication and understanding, especially within a build process, and we feel that every project should be a really positive experience for all involved.”

Solid timber homes find favour with those who appreciate top-notch quality and an eco-conscious lifestyle. These homes offer a connection to nature and contribute to carbon negativity, actively removing more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit.

Another compelling reason clients can opt for interlocking solid timber construction is its earthquake resilience. Fraemohs solid timber homes have demonstrated minimal, if any, damage during seismic events due to their innovative design, allowing them to move with the earth’s motion.

The flexibility of solid timber construction extends to remote, rugged locations that pose material transportation challenges.

Fraemohs solid timber home
Solid timber homes find favour with those who appreciate top-notch quality and an eco-conscious lifestyle.

Innovative approaches, such as barge and helicopter transport, ensure that even the most inaccessible sites can benefit from the advantages of solid timber construction. Building a solid timber home in remote locations offers several benefits with the reduced need for some products and trades.

For example, removing the need for a plasterboard and a gibstopper saves the client the logistics of getting a plasterboard to the site and the need for multiple visits of a gibstopper.

Spanning the Marlborough, Tasman and Nelson regions, Andy and Kathy have overseen remarkable projects in breathtaking locations over the past few years. Recent and ongoing solid timber builds in Mapua, Nelson, Golden Bay, Marlborough Sounds and the Waihopai Valley have kept the team busy and showcased their dedication.

Beyond solid timber construction, Fraemohs Homes – Tasman offers Timbermode homes which are the Fraemohs version of the classic timber-framed house that you’ll find in 95% of residential construction in New Zealand.

Inspired by Scandinavian design principles, these homes combine plasterboard and timber, maximizing space and sunlight to suit various lifestyles and budgets. The diverse range of designs defies cookie-cutter conventions and allows for extensive customization.

From the spacious Kingston (timber mode) at 292 square meters to the compact Mackenzie Gable (transportable) at just 29 square meters, Fraemohs Homes offers options for every preference. Kathy emphasizes, “Everyone has a different lifestyle and a different budget, so we have a range of homes designed to suit. These designs can be tweaked and customized, or we can start fresh with full architectural design and builds.”

The Tasman and Nelson region has experienced significant growth over the years, and Fraemohs Homes – Tasman takes pride in contributing to this development, be it crafting a holiday retreat or a year-round family sanctuary. For Andy and Kathy, the most gratifying aspect of their work is witnessing the excitement of their clients throughout the build and upon project completion.

They’re passionate about helping people into a home they love in the region. “It’s such a great area to live in, from the Nelson Lakes to the beaches and the little bays and inlets. It’s a great lifestyle.”

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