Timber frame homes are growing in popularity across the United States, with many homeowners opting for an open floor plan concept with exposed timbers. In addition to the expansive layout and high ceilings, timber frame construction offers unmatched natural beauty and the versatility to create a home that suits your style and family needs.
Before we review the other benefits of timber frame homes, let’s first visit what classifies a home as timber frame. Timber frame construction is often referred to as “post-and-beam” construction as it requires building with heavy timbers rather than “dimensional lumber” (2” x 4”s). Unlike traditional construction, a timber frame home is created using a larger version of the mortise and tenon joints often found in furniture with carefully fitted and joined timbers secured by large wooden pegs and brackets. The technique of timber framing began before the 19th century.
As you consider whether timber frame construction is right for you, let’s review some of the additional benefits including construction time, energy efficiency, eco-friendliness, and durability.
You may be surprised to learn that the process of building a timber frame home can be much faster than your standard brick and block construction. The frame of your home is usually erected on site within a matter of days compared to weeks with other construction types. This allows the sub-contractors such as electricians and plumbers to begin their work much earlier in the build process, allowing the project to be completed on a shorter timeline.
We wrap the timber frame with Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) to provide a sealed envelope for maximum energy efficiency and added strength. By using SIP envelope, a Vintage Homes and Millwork home has continuous insulation, better air quality, and reduced energy use, which saves you money. And, because timber does not soak up the heat in the same way as a masonry house, your home will heat up and cool down quicker with insulated timber frame walls.
Timber is considered a renewable resource and our timbers come from well-managed forests. We follow responsible practices to remain among the most environmentally friendly builders. We also use passive design techniques to take advantage of the natural climate to maintain thermal comfort. And, with the insulating panels we place around the timber frame structure you enjoy greater energy efficiency than conventional framed walls.
Timber frames are extremely strong and heavy, allowing them to better resist destruction from earthquakes, heavy winds, and snow load than light-frame construction options. A well-built timber frame home can last for hundreds of years with less maintenance needed. Another great benefit of strong timber frames is their allowance for fewer load-bearing walls, making it easier to create an open floor plan as well as allowing for more flexibility in changes to the floor plan.
If you’re in the market for a new home, consider building a custom timber frame home with Vintage Homes and Millwork. We know you’ll enjoy the many benefits our custom-built homes have to offer. You can start the process by browsing our timber frame home gallery for a bit of inspiration. Once you’re filled to the brim with ideas, give us a call or fill out a contact form. We can’t wait to get started on your custom timber frame home!