This craft we love so much – the craft of timber framing – has certainly seen its ups and downs over the centuries. It came over the pond with the Colonials and stuck around for quite a while, at least until the early twentieth century. By the early 1900s timber framing was a memory as consumers turned to “stick” homes and kit structures. Then the late 1970s happened…
Have you ever driven by a home that really caught your eye? It’s usually the lines of a house – the placement of an unusual window or the combination of materials used, or maybe the welcoming front porch. The home stands out from the others around it and, more often than not, expresses the personality of the people within.
Timber framing has been practiced and refined for more than 1000 years now and in many different cultures. In each culture the wood species traditionally employed would have been the strongest, largest, and most abundant species available.
The Great Halls of England are timber framed using English oak. Colonial America saw use of Eastern white pine, spruce, maple, and the oaks. Timber framing in Appalachia added Tulip poplar and even American chestnut. Bald cypress joins the list for projects benefiting from a weather-resistant species. On America’s West coast Douglas fir, Western red cedar, Western white pine, the Redwoods, and Sugar pine all saw use in timber framed structures.
With careful planning, your new timber frame home design will reflect the way you want to live. We’ve listed some areas below that will help you think through your “must-haves” as well as what you desire in a home.
Think about how you’d like the home to feel. Talk about your lifestyle, how you like to entertain and which rooms you spend the most time in. How do you want life to be different in your new home? Do you want to create an outdoor living space? Thoughtful planning in the design phase will result in a home that truly works for you.
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The excitement of building a new home is a very palpable thing. The joy in the air can be felt as soon as you walk through the door, and the energy is infectious! As excited as you are to see your timber frame come to life, we’re just as excited to see your dream come true.