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Why Build a Tim­ber Frame Home?

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What draws us to a tim­ber frame home? The ob­vi­ous an­swer is the look of the house and the feel­ings it stirs, whether it’s a grand home with sweep­ing lines and ex­posed beams or a mod­est cabin re­mark­able for the warmth and co­zi­ness you feel when first you spy it nes­tled among the trees.

With your aver­age stick-built house, beauty may only be skin-deep, but tim­ber frames are thor­oughly crafted, ver­sa­tile homes, and your ini­tial im­pres­sion is only the be­gin­ning of the story. Though their roots are cen­turies old, tim­ber frames are ready for the de­mands of mod­ern life. They are nat­u­rally en­ergy ef­fi­cient, and many tim­ber framers have em­braced tech­niques in both de­sign and con­struc­tion that make it pos­si­ble for a home to achieve net­zero en­ergy us­age. Tim­ber frames can be en­hanced to be very ef­fi­cient pas­sive-en­ergy homes, of­ten by fol­low­ing sim­ple de­sign guide­lines, like ori­ent­ing the house so the south face can ab­sorb the sun’s warmth be­tween the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and tak­ing ad­van­tage of the open floor plan de­signs that op­ti­mize the func­tion of a pas­sive sys­tem.

Tim­ber homes also fit eas­ily into neigh­bor­hoods, even those with rigid HOA covenants. While tim­ber frames are strik­ing, they pos­sess an aes­thetic that ap­peals to even the most con­ser­va­tive HOA: clean lines, rich yet sub­tle wood tones, and the ca­pac­ity to adapt to any de­sign stan­dard. And, though your tim­ber frame may have to meet strict com­mu­nity re­quire­ments with re­gard to its ex­te­rior, the in­te­rior need only meet your vi­sion. The op­tions for in­te­rior space de­sign, lay­out, and fin­ishes are lim­ited only by your imag­i­na­tion.

As you build your tim­ber frame home, you’ll likely dis­cover the great­est ben­e­fit of all: work­ing with crafts­peo­ple who take as much pride in the con­struc­tion of your home as you

will in liv­ing in it. Own­ers of tim­ber frames re­mark on the peo­ple who build their homes, not­ing their care and pre­ci­sion, and at­ten­tion to de­sign and de­tail. And tim­ber framers re­mem­ber

ev­ery client, of­ten count­ing them among their life­long friends — a friend­ship founded in the dis­cov­ery of a shared pas­sion for beau­ti­ful, hand­crafted homes.

RIGHT: A struc­tural in­su­lated panel (SIP) has a thick core of rigid in­su­la­tion sand­wiched be­tween two wood skins. They are com­monly used on tim­ber homes and of­fer su­pe­rior in­su­la­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties be­cause they pro­vide an un­bro­ken bar­rier be­tween ex­te­rior and in­te­rior air.

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