For many amateur builders who plan to build a home with their own hands, timber is the first choice. What could be more charming than a traditional house with timber on the outside that blends into the environment, and the character and warmth of wood on the inside? Many people don’t realise, however, that not only can the timber look be achieved easily with a steel-frame house, there are important advantages in using steel. Steel is termite-proof, it does not rot, and it does not warp and shrink. A steel frame can be bought as a non-assembled kit which is much easier for an amateur to build than a timber frame, and is a big money saver.