Our recent visit to the International Builders’ Show reinforced our knowledge that a timber frame is a world apart from a conventionally framed home.
As we visited the vendors and viewed the new products, one of the things that kept coming to mind was that many were addressing problems that don’t arise in timber frame construction. Insulation, infiltration, remodeling issues (bearing walls), design issues (bearing walls), and much other information was alien to us. Polyurethane posts and trim were interesting, as were fake beams that weighed about as much as a cardboard box and finished to look like distressed timber. You’ve got to love ingenuity.
Since we use structural insulated panels to wrap our homes, we didn’t have to discuss the differences in how to insulate between studs in stud walls. We didn’t have to discuss the different truss configurations. Our timbers take care of everything.
Timber Frames seem to solve many of the problems that builders are struggling with today. We see more timber frames today than in recent history and I expect we will see even more as the importance of a sustainable structure is acknowledged.