A Different Take on Hybrid Design
It’s no secret that hybrid homes are gaining ground in today’s housing market. And it stands to reason. In the world of timber homes, hybrid construction typically means combining a structural timber frame (perhaps in the main living spaces) with conventional construction in other areas. This allows for a more flexible design while also saving on costs.
“Most people divide hybrid homes into vertical spaces, so entire rooms are post-and-beam and then the other rooms are stick-built construction,” says Jeff Bowes of Canadian Timberframes. “We can do that, but we sometimes change it up by using structural walls and huge beams that carry the rafters of what we call a “timber lid.” It’s a very cost-effective way to add timbers because it’s a lot closer to conventional construction.”