Timber frame construction was used by early settlers. It is recognized by its large timbers and intricate joints. The strong structural timbers support the roof without the need for support from the walls. To give lateral support and to help resist the wind, diagonal knee braces are used throughout.There are many different ways to complete your timber framestructure. Some infill options include:
- Straw Bale
- Cord Wood
- Log paneling
- Shingling over walls
- Slab Siding
- Board and Batten
- Tongue and Groove or Bevel
There are many timber frame building companies, but I have found a couple who specialize in small buildings and would recommend you look into them for your needs. One even offers training and workshops. Here they are:
Shelter Institute offers classes at there facility in Woolwich Maine. They also sell ready made timber frames that start at $12,050 for a 20 x 20 precut frame plus shipping. Shelter Home Institute also offers training through workshops if you want to learn more and get some hands on experience before you build. For more information visit there site by clicking the link above.
Timberlast specializes in small spaces and there kits start at 8 x 10 and go to 24 x 24. Timberlast is geared toward the do-it yourselfer. Their goal is to provide beautifully handcrafted timber frame structures at an affordable price. Their frames are easily erected in just a few hours and ready for you to finish.
Click here for a interview and slide show with David Fernandez of Timberlast.com In the next couple of articles I will look at some of the infill options using timber frame, the first being straw bale, followed by cord wood.