Timber Frame Homes – Built to Last

Timber Frame Homes – Built to Last

Timber Frame Homes – Built to Last
By Christian Jacobsen

There is something about a timber frame house that conveys a warm, rustic feel. Even a modern large home still has that log cabin aura about it.

A true timber frame home has huge exposed beams with handcrafted interlocking joints devoid of any nails. This building technique is thousands of years old, originating in North America in the1600’s thanks to migrating Europeans. This was the accepted form of building until the mid 19th century when the beams were replaced with two-by-fours and stick frame construction came to be.

The frame is assembled using beams made of a hearty wood such as Douglas Fir or White Pine which are joined together with a “mortise” (the hole) and “tenon” (the tongue), and held together with wooden oak pegs. The frame is then enclosed with insulation panels and 2×4 or 2×6 studded interior walls.

Timber frame homes are perfect for open concept designs since the exterior frame provides all the support, and there are no load-bearing interior walls. The strong beams allow for wide-open rooms and high vaulted ceilings. It’s not unusual to see cathedral ceilings in timber frames as much as two stories high.

Not to be confused with log homes, which are made of logs rather than stick (2 x 4) and dry wall. Also not to be confused with post and beam homes which may be made from plywood instead of solid logs. Instead of handcrafting the interlocking joints, post and beam builders use joist hangers and nails.

Heating bills are much lower in a timber frame home; often owners see a 20% to 50% reduction in their utility bill. If you plan on passing your home down to your children, no problem, timber homes are built to last for hundreds of years. These homes are incredibly sturdy and are much better equipped to handle the stress of earthquake tremors than conventional homes.

If you’re interested in exploring the idea of building a timber frame home speak to professionals who are experienced in the building process. Visit some timber frame companies, explore their model homes and research the various plans that are available. This should give you a good idea of costs and you can establish some sort of budget for the project. After that, decide whether you want to assume the role of general contractor or if you plant on hiring someone for the job.

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How to Budget For Your New Timber Frame Home

How to Budget For Your New Timber Frame Home

How to Budget For Your New Timber Frame Home
By Molly Gagnon

One of the first things people think about before building a new timber frame home is “how much can I afford?” Many things affect the budget including site work, the design of your new home, the wood species you choose for the timber frame, choice of windows, and what materials you choose to finish your house.

There are a few big budget items that people do not typically think about when planning for their new timber frame home. One of the biggest factors people do not think about is their site. It can be very costly to prepare the site for your new home, however, it all depends on the complexity of the site. Does your property have a lot of boulders and trees to be removed? Or is your site already cleared?

The design of your new home can also impact your budget. The more complex the timber frame structure is, the more expensive it will be. For example, a Hammer Beam Truss timber frame system frame is more expensive principal purlin frame.

Also the more windows, gables, dormers and corners in your new homes design will have an impact on the overall cost. For example, a colonial style home with no dormers will cost less than a custom two story home with multiple dormers and extensions. Another thing to consider when budgeting for your new home is deciding on whether or not you want a finished basement. Using the finished basement as living space can lower your cost per square foot.

A typical timber frame package includes the exterior shell of the home (timber frame, Structural Insulated Panels, windows, doors, siding, roofing, and trim), and is only one part of the house, the exterior shell. The following are some other factors you will have to consider:

• What kind of heating system do I want?

• What kind of siding will we have?

• Will there be a fireplace?

• What kind of flooring will be used and where?

• What type of kitchen cabinets and appliances do I want?

• Am I going to build a garage right away?

How do you go about establishing costs that fit into your budget? First, interview local custom builders. Begin by consulting acquaintances who have built custom homes or check with your local chapter of the National Home Builders Association. Your builder will help you establish costs for all areas of the house.

Next, prioritize the rooms according to your main focus. For instance, most timber frame homes highlight the Great Room. And, if you’re an aspiring Chef or plan to do a lot of entertaining, the kitchen will also be a big focus. Look at those areas first and choose a timber frame system that enhances those areas but stays within your allowance for those rooms. Next work with your builder to establish a budget to work within. Then you can determine how the rest of the house can be finished to stay within your budget.

If your budget is tight, consider a hybrid system, combining timber framing with conventional stick frame construction for other areas of the house. Your builder can also recommend appliances, flooring, and finish materials to help you stay within budget.

Contact Davis Frame today by calling 1-800-636-0993 to receive our construction budget worksheet to help you get started! We are happy to answer your questions in regards to budgeting and costs for your new timber frame home.

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