Timber Frame Extension Cost & Prices 2024

Expect to pay more than £1600 per m² for a timber frame extension. However, this can rise considerably depending on labour and material costs. 

Extension Cost per m²

Below are the average costings of all the elements needed to create a timber frame extension:

ElementWork Included in ElementCost
SubstructuresStrip Foundations, Blockwork / Engineered Brick Cavity Walls, DPC, Concrete Slab, hardcore, blinding, DPM, insulation, screed £122/m²
Frame Timber Frame Structure - including stud walls, roof trusses, upper floor structure£165/m²
Roof Roof coverings including battens, membranes, insulation, felt, tiles, soffit, fascia & rainwater goods£136/m²
StairsIf required£23/m²
External WallsSIPS (studs in frame) - including insulation, OSB board, membranes, plasterboard. Chimneys£132/m²
Windows and External DoorsuPVC windows / doors£125/m²
Internal Walls & PartitionsPlasterboard and insulation (studs in frame)£65/m²
Internal DoorsSoftwood internal doorsets, ironmongery and decoration£73/m²
Wall FinishesPaint, wall tiling, skim etc£40/m²
Floor FinishesCarpet, tiling, hardwood flooring, skirtings etc£50/m²
Ceiling FinishesPlasterboard and skim£31/m²
Furniture, Fixtures, and EquipmentStove, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Wardrobes, shelving etc£125/m²
MechanicalHeating & Plumbing£83/m²
ElectricalElectrics & Lighting£90/m²
External WorksStorm & foul drainage, water & sewage connections£60/m²
Sub- Total£1320/m²
Design Team & Survey Fees£135/m²
PrelimsScaffolding, welfare, warranties and site attendances £135/m²
Total £1,590/m²

Therefore, for an average single-storey timber frame extension of 4m x 5m, £28,880 would be a good price to budget for.

However, this can rise considerably, particularly due to the increase in labour and material costs that have happened.

Timber Frame Cost per m²

A structural timber frame can be priced at £150/m² of the gross internal floor area.

Included within this timber frame cost are vertical studs with plywood sheathing to form internal and external walls, horizontal joists and sheathing to form upper floors and roofing and roof trusses.

This rate is for the south-east or southern London area. Price adjustments based on location are detailed within the factors section.

Factors Affecting the Cost

Number of Storeys

When timber frames are used for structures higher than two storeys this can often increase cost per m². This is because of more structural timber required at lower levels to support the structure.

Specification of the System Selected

 This includes elements like the size of the timbers, type of plywood and the thickness of plywood. All vary in price and can cause cost differences.

Weight of the Structure

If heavy loads need to be supported heavy loads, more timber is needed to adequately support the structure, thus increasing cost.

Level of Design Required Prior to Construction

In particularly complex timber frame structures more time can be spent by a designer / structural engineer on drawings and design, thus increasing the system cost.


Construction costs in London and south east are generally higher than elsewhere in the country. 

How Can Material Shortage Affect Prices?

Prices within the construction industry have continued to rise into 2022. Because certain material costs fluctuate rapidly, tradespeople pricing up jobs longer than a month away may add extra to mitigate the risk.

Timber frame extensions used many materials have been in short supply in the past. Since the time of updating this section (19/01/2022), the timber shortage has eased since 2021, where prices more than doubled. However, prices will likely still rise due to border congestion between the UK and Scandinavian ports meaning lower supplies according to CLC.

But the CLC has warned that border congestion both in the UK and at Scandinavian ports may lead to reduced supplies and higher prices this spring. 

General construction costs are expected to rise 5% in 2022 due to wage and material cost inflation.  Other materials used within a timber extension construction include:

  • Roof tiles
  • Bricks and blocks
  • Cement
  • Concrete
  • Electrical components
  • Aggregates
  • Screws
  • Fixing
  • Plumbing items

Why You Can Trust This Data

We worked directly with a Quantity Surveyor of 7+ years involved in £600M capital expenditure works for a large hotel chain to develop these costs. If you see similar cost values and breakdowns on other websites, then you can probably assume they have taken them from this article and Quantity Surveyor.

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