Timber Frame Homes

Sustainable • Energy Efficient • System Built

Timber Frame Homes

Timber Frame homes are uniquely constructed using dramatic timber elements connected with intricate, handcrafted, mortise-and-tenon joinery. The centuries-old method of framing delivers structures with distinctive character, natural beauty, and rustic elegance. In a timber frame home, the timber elements are essentially the structural skeleton.

The SIP Envelope

Structural Insulated Panels will change the way we build structures forever. Our SIPs wall and roof systems help clients save up to 58% on heating and cooling costs—while enabling contractors to build and dry-in structures in 2/3 less time!

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Benefits of Timber Framing

Timber Framing provides many benefits beyond strength and beauty. When properly constructed, a timber frame home using a structural insulated wall and roof system is among the highest performing and most energy-efficient homes available today. Most people fall in love with the look and feel of a timber frame home without understanding how disaster-averse, energy-efficient, and sustainable they are.

Energy EFFICIENT

  • Virtually No Thermal Birdging
  • Up to 60% Energy Savings with SIP wall construction
  • Average Energy Payback Period = 5.1 Years
  • Lower ambient noise

sustainable

  • Sustainable harvesting of renewable resources
  • Sustainable processing of materials
  • Prefabrication creates less job-site waste 
  • Greater overall lifespan

durable

  • High-quality materials
  • Strongest wooden framing technique available
  • Engineered for local soils, wind and snow loads, and seismic regions
  • High trauma resistance

Streamlined

  • Off-site material fabrication
  • Materials test fit and quality checked prior to shipment 
  • Up to 2/3 shorter construction times than conventional builds

The Anatomy of a Timber Frame Home

3D image of a timber frame home with the timber components highlighted to show how they are factored into the home.

Timber Frame Skeleton

3D model of a timber frame home showcasing the structural insulated wall and roof panels that enclose the home.

Structural Insulated Panel Shell

The Difference Between Timber Frame and Post and Beam Homes

It's All in The Connection Detail

Both Timber Frame homes and Post and Beam homes are designed to showcase a striking amount of wood in the structure. While both framing methods have many similar applications, there are also distinct differences between the two.

Authentic timber framing utilizes tried and true connection detail, such as mortise and tenon and dovetail joinery. These joints are far more decorative and unique than traditional plated connections. 

Post and Beam construction does not utilize hand-hewn connection detail and instead uses modern steel connections to either improve strength, alter the aesthetic, or reduce cost.  Recently, many people have been drawn to steel connection detail to amplify a modern aesthetic without compromising the look and feel of traditional exposed wooden elements.

Structural Insulated Panels

Wrapping a timber frame home or a post and beam home with an energy-efficient SIPs wall and roof system futureproofs your invest against mold, insects, fire, and much more. Also, since SIPs become part of the structural aspect of your home, they make your timber frame home stronger and more structurally sound. 

Timber Frame

Mortise And Tenon Joinery

Timber Frame Homes With Intricate Mortise And Tenon Timber Frame Joinery Corner Detail

Post And Beam

Metal Bracket Joinery

Timber Frame Homes With Steel Bracket Connections

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