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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Timber Frame Homes Exposed!


Timber Frame Homes Exposed!

Timber Frame Homes Exposed!
By Ed Gordon

Building a home is a journey of discovery, great stress and hopefully greater joy. Before you decide to build a timber frame you will hopefully have all the information you need to make an informed decision. All too often though you won’t. Lets remedy that.

But first what is a timber frame? And are they really as good as they appear?

A timber frame home is essentially a house that is primarily made from timber. In America, Canada and Northern Europe this usually means that the inside walls are made from timber studding and the outside skin is made from some kind of timber cladding, either some type of log finish, or timber boards. Timber frame construction is almost universal in these areas for residential construction.

In the UK and Ireland a timber frame building is normally constructed with the internal walls made from timber studding and only the very outside skin of the cavity constructed in either brick or block.

So no problems so far. The wooden internal walls are filled with insulation which means that the timber frame is warmer and more comfortable to live in than a block house and certainly in the long run is much cheaper to run. And that means that sq ft for sq ft a timber frame house has much less impact on the environment than a block house.

So what could possibly be the problem with a Timber Frame Home? Well there are a few problems you should know about.

The first problem with timber frame homes that you should be aware of is this; most of the people who are making your kit are overcharging you for the service. Especially on the erection side. Why should you pay more for a product that should cost you less? Perception? Perhaps. But more realistically they are squeezing that last few pennies from your already overused wallet.

So what can you do about this? Well the first thing you need to do is to talk to someone who can explain to you the difference between several companies offering and which quote actually gives you value for money. Your architect or engineer should be able to offer independent and technically relevant information. They should be able to give you the insight you require into the technical aspects of timber frame construction, which will allow you to make informed and financially beneficial decisions.

The second problem and perhaps the most serious one is that many builders either do not know or do not care to learn how to finish this type of project successfully. The trades simply are not used to working with timber frame construction and because of this they are ignorant of the finer points of timber Construction.

This simply should not be the case. Timber frame is an incredible construction method. It surpasses block building by a country mile in both comfort, sustainability and it also has a much smaller carbon footprint. Always good for the environment.

Manufacturers have the knowledge required to ensure that a self build project be completed to a very high standard. All too often they don’t pass this information on except by request. And even then the information is just what is required. Additional information is simply not passed on to the client unless some financial gain can be made.

So when you are getting ready to build your dream home, don’t be afraid to build in Timber, just make sure you ask all the relevant questions and be certain you understand the answers. As the old saying goes “Knowledge is the key to success”.

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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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