Offsite manufacturing vs. traditional build

There are two options when it comes to self-build methods – offsite manufacturing and traditional build.

Before you make a decision, it’s important to understand the differences.

Here are a few things to consider:


Offsite manufacturing can offer significant savings as they are constructed in a factory in bulk. They are also quick to construct because of their modular nature and can be tailored to suit any budget.

However, if you’re keen to create something more bespoke and you’re willing to spend the extra money, then a traditional build may be more suitable. Bear in mind that this option can be labour intensive and costs have to be factored in for extended scaffolding hire and waste removal.


Traditional House by lake


Offsite manufacturing methods ensure the highest quality possible and will give you peace of mind that your build is manufactured to the highest standards.

With traditional build, you have the flexibility to choose from a range of materials, therefore still ensuring high quality. However, builders or joiners of the Structural Timber Association (STA) may not have a Quality Assurance Scheme in place to produce timber frame on site. Therefore, no independent checks will be made when it comes to build quality or adherence to design drawings.


Many self-builders feel that choosing offsite manufacturing is only a small step up from simply buying an existing house. However, there are now a wide range of innovative products and cladding solutions on the market, allowing you to design your dream home.

Traditional build also offers a wide range of design options and allows for late changes to be made, offering you extra flexibility.

Did you know?

Suppliers such as Scotframe manufacture full timber frame house packages for self-builders, giving you the freedom to completely customise your new home to suit your individual taste and lifestyle, down to the smallest detail.

You can select from a comprehensive range of house styles or Scotframe can manufacture and supply a kit package to match a unique design from your own architectural drawings.