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What is Timber Framing?

Timber framing is a form of heavy-frame construction using strong timber instead of dimensional lumber or steel. Unlike the typical lumber in stick frame houses, heavy timber used for framing is exceptionally sturdy, naturally fire resistant, and extremely energy efficient. Timber frame craftsmanship has evolved over thousands of years, and modern technology has made custom designed timber frame homes more affordable by assisting in the planning, production, and construction of timber frames.

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Why Timber?

Timber frames create a majestic, warm atmosphere that steel can never replicate. Pieces of timber can be bowed to form beautiful arches and doorways, and the natural grace of the wood grain can be celebrated with stunning architecture and finish. It is sturdy, and can handle large loads without the need for interior walls. This makes timber framing flexible for designing lofted ceilings, open floor plans, and natural lighting. The unique craftsmanship of a beautiful timber frame home is a legacy, and can stand the test of time for generations to come.

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Is It Right For Me?

Timber framing is both practical and elegant. Besides adaptability to a wide variety of architectural design, timber frames are extraordinarily strong. After the Great Depression there was a demand for cheap, easily assembled housing. These stick frame houses are built with the same dimensional lumber you would find at a local hardware store, and vary widely in quality and strength.

Timber frame houses use large, squared beams from natural sources  for their strength. While stick framing is a newer trend leaning towards quantity, timber framing has evolved over centuries with an emphasis on quality. The timber used for framing is characterized by dryness and growth pattern, and can be chosen based on specific requirements or aesthetics.

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How Much Will It Cost?

Timber frame houses can be less expensive than steel, but are often more expensive than stick frame homes. The sourcing and shaping of large timbers has been advanced by modern technology, and the joining of separate pieces of timber can incorporate modern technology for extra stability and strength.

The legacy of a well-built home is priceless, but it can be helpful to work with an expert to understand your vision, draft your design, and find out what it will take to build your dream home. Our portfolio is a great place to view some possibilities and see the quality of our craftsmanship. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in a timber frame home, you can contact John Cook here.

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