Structural Considerations

External walls

Hebel vs Brick vs Cladding



TypeImpactCompositionCost ConsiderationAlternative
Double GlazingHeating + Cooling + Sound Thickness of glass panesAbove +- 80kg you need to pay for onsite glazing which can cost $500 per windowLow-e, Hush glass
Glazing Options

First Floor Layout

Structural Support

Where the rooms sit will impact the need for either a steel beam or LVL* support. Rooms that sit over an empty space below require these structural supports and just having a timber frame wall may not be sufficient.

Steel supports under 6m can generally be handled by a few tradesman however spans over this can be expensive as they will likely require a crane to be used which add further costs.

To reduce this consider the following

  • Brick on brick – If the floor above is supported by bricks then you dont require any extra support for that area and just for the usual spans across the house.

* LVL: Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is an engineered wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood assembled with adhesives

LVL Support

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