Post & Beam Construction,Timber Frame Building,Timberframe,Home & Barn Building-Modern and Traditional
Heartwood Log & Timber Design,199 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON N1H3V4. Heartwood Log & Timber Design is a small, highly-focused team of design professionals based out of Ontario, Canada. Their philosophy, experience and process allow them to work with individuals in all regions of North America and around the world to produce exceptional one-of-a-kind log and timber homes. Their website shows some *really* interesting and creative designs. www.designma.com
Western Wood Structures--their motto is "Working wonders with wood" . They are capable of timber domes, arched buildings, and very creatively designed structures. One specialty is timber bridges. Western Wood offers engineered timbers and has field services which include fabrication, installation and repair/ restoration. www.WesternWoodStructures.com
Based in New Hampshire, Homestead Timber Frame, Inc. proudly continues a tradition of building fine timber frame homes and buildings in the northeast. Timber framing is a form of post and beam construction. Whereas post and beam construction utilizes numerous types of connections including steel connectors, traditional timber frame construction consists of mortise and tenon joinery secured with wooden pegs. Today's timber frame construction is an exhibit of bold strength and beautiful esthetics not found in other types of construction. Large open areas, cathedral ceilings, and well lit rooms make timber frame structures appealing to the eye. Their timber framing had its beginnings somewhere between 500 and 100 BC. The Egyptians and Romans both used timbers to construct the roof systems of their public and private buildings. The mortise and tenon joint can be traced to these ancient times. Around 500 to 800 AD people began to develop the joinery necessary to construct whole buildings out of timbers. During the 9th and 10th centuries the Europeans developed the timber framing skills we recognize today in many of the buildings of Europe and which we use today. Today timber framing is not just a construction method but it is a form of building that is employed as much for its aesthetics as for its strength. a timber frame home will most likely cost more than a stick frame or conventionally-framed home. A 10% to 20% increase is typical. If this increase in cost is not something that your budget can handle, then you should probably consider two other alternatives: a completely stick-framed home, or partially timber-framed home (hybrid). A timber frame home is a piece of art in itself. The individual members of the frame are each handled numerous times in the joinery process. During this process each member is received and checked for quality, measured, cut, and worked, and finally finished with tongue oil. All of this occurs before leaving the shop for your job site. Considering craftsmanship, quality, and beauty of the final product, the cost of a timber frame is very much in line with the cost of a custom built home/ (The website has dissappeared.)
Lindal Cedar Homes - Custom Cedar Homes, Log
Homes and Sunrooms
Hearthstone Homes, Inc.--Hearthstone creates
custom log homes, timber frame homes, and heavy timber barns, featuring The Bob Timberlake
and Southern Living Log Home Collection. Located in Dandridge, Tennessee where the skills
of the Timberwright are showcased in the building trade as both log and timber frame
structures. Use their Plan Assistant to select floor plans from their large library of
stock, semi-stock, and custom log home and timber frame plans. Hearthstone began thousands
of homes ago in 1971 as a restorer of old log homes in the southern Appalachian mountains.
Now most Hearthstone homes have elements of both log and timber frame construction. See
their beautiful and entertaining website. You will see 'log cabins' like you have never
seen before ! www.hearthstonehomes.com
PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes--specializes in the design, production and construction of exceptional timber frame houses. Timber framing is an important part of their product offerings, which also includes milled logs, handcrafted logs, and siding. Mountain Architects, PrecisionCraft’s architectural firm, focuses on the design of custom mountain style homes and has designed award-winning timber frame plans. Whether building full timber frame structures, hybrid log and timber homes or just incorporating decorative timber frame elements check the Precision Craft site. PrecisionCraft focuses on the design of mountain-style homes. PrecisionCraft designs two distinct types of hybrid homes; full log & timber hybrids and Mountain Accent™ homes. Mountain Accent™ homes are designed as conventional stick frame homes that contain either structural or decorative timber frame accents, providing the look of a mountain style home at a lower turnkey cost. www.precisioncraft.com
Yonah Mountain Timber Frames is a post and
beam company located in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. The REAL DEAL !! They hold to the
traditions of timber framing, while embracing modern joinery techniques. This combination
of tradition and innovation meld seamlessly to create a solid structure and beautiful
living space for your home. They specialize in timber frame homes, hybrids (combination of
conventional frame and timber frame), out-buildings, porches and stairs. Yonah Mountain
frames can be shipped and raised anywhere in the United States. Yonah Mountain Timber
Frames is a member of the Timber Framers Guild
PoleHouses.com is introducing a new product: Prefabricated Modular Pole House Kits, to be priced from as low as $5,000 per Module, FOB. The 'P' POD modules will include all materials necessary to assemble a complete exterior finished Pole House, with 400 square feet of interior space (including a sleeping loft). 'P' PODS are designed to be a quality solution for quick re-housing after natural disasters. Tim Cornell, founder of polehouses.com, has been designing and building pole houses since 1988. Pole house structures use less material than conventional building methods and are faster to erect, thus more cost effective. PoleHouses design is one of the lowest home costs per square foot in the construction industry as well as one of the most energy efficient. According to PoleHouse.com, in their designs, large diameter vertical wood poles are firmly bolted atop reinforced concrete footings to carry the load of the floor and roof. This strong flexible skeletal structure permits all interior and exterior walls to be non-load bearing. Then, girder beams, floor joists and tension ring beams are bolted directly into the notched vertical wood poles to create a structural grid. They design and engineer their pole houses on a modular grid system which lends itself to the efficiencies of post and beam and timber frame construction techniques which they utilize. Due to the notched and bolted interlocking system, exposed structural elements move together as a unit and are better able to resist the adverse effects of hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes and flooding. The website has extensive photos and ordering information. www.polehouses.com
Suwannee River Log Homes and imber Frame Homes--An architectural design company that designs and provides the materials for custom cypress log homes and convention timber frame western red cedar homes. The prestige timber package will provide you with a wood Western Red Cedar or Cypress exterior, cathedral timber ceilings, and an array of other options to apply to your new home. The "Prestige" timber package also is standard with 10 feet high exterior walls and towering timber cathedral ceilings to give the open feeling of home. The high ceilings and tall walls will present a grand look on the exterior and will also allow room for ceiling fans and chandeliers on the interior of your new home. www.srloghomes.com also www.srlogandtimberplans.com
Timberframe home plans design tips:
Your floor plan should make your life easier adn more comfortable. You want to have natural and sensible realtionships between your rooms.
Your main entrance should allow you to enter any room in the house without passing through other rooms.
Your secondary entrance will probably go directly to the kitchen. This is imporatnt for theone who brings home the groceries !
The most useful floor plans are organized about a household's basic activities - working, eating, sleeping and entertaining.
Naturally the areas that are the noisiest are grouped together and kept separate from the bedrooms.
When it is possible each bedroom should be situated so it has some sound buffers from other bedrooms for the sake of privacy. The location of closets, bookshelves, bathrooms, and staircases can form good sound barriers.
The kitchen is the heart of most homes -make it a place that everyone can gather and enjoy each other's company.
The general rule for kitchen efficiency is to locate the sink, stove and refrigerator in a trianglular pattern whose sides total less than 22 feet.
Include lots of counter and storage space on either side of sink and cooktop.
Good lighting is important. Sun Domes or Sun Tubes bring in light that dramatically increases a kitchen's appeal and sense of well being.
Counters need to give you at least 10 feet of counter top space, not counting appliances.
Pantry--- a wlak in pantry keeps thekitchen looking less cluttered and provides great storage.
Plan for lots of bathroom storage for grooming accessories, towels and bath supplies.
Mirrors really do bounce light around and seem to expand small spaces.
If possible make the bath have separate areas w/ privacy doors for different functions.
Consider adding a window seat or reading spot with good natural light.
Use walk-in closets in your master bedroom and other bedrooms if possible.
The more windows, the better. Consider using energy efficient layered glass and sun tubes.
Windows that open (with screens) can save you a lot of energy and provide great fresh air.
Try to give rooms windows on two walls adn windows in bathrooms are important.
Consider how your window placement looks from the outside of your house and strive for a balanced look.
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