Timber Frame Home Advantages
When comparing timber frame homes to log homes or other building options, some specific advantages quickly emerge.
Timber Frame Home Durability
Timber frame homes are built to last, and their strength and durability make them the perfect legacy home to be enjoyed by you and generations to come. Timber frame homes have withstood the test of time for centuries in locations across the globe. Timber frame homes are more resistant to the effects of the outside elements and potential disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, heavy snow, and tornadoes
Timber Frame Home Environmental Benefits
Timber frame homes are one of the most environmentally sustainable building options. Timber frame homes have the lowest carbon cost of any building material and every completed home saves approximately 4 tons of CO2. Using timber frame along with renewable technologies is the most economical way to achieve the sustainable home you’re looking for.
Timber frame and SIP homes have a positive impact on the environment in many other ways, including…
- Timber frame homes use non-toxic renewable building material.
- Waste wood can be easily recycled as can the wood from products once they reach their “end of life.”
- They use far less wood than conventional platform construction homes and can incorporate recycled timbers from other homes and barns.
Timber Frame Home Energy
Timber Frame and SIP homes are incredibly well insulated and therefore easy to heat. Energy loss through a wall or roof system is measured primarily in two forms, air leakage and conductive heat loss – timber frame homes use structural insulated panels (SIP’s) which have a solid core and a higher R-value than a conventional stick frame home.
Timber Frame Design
Unlike log homes, timber frame homes are incredibly customizable.
- The exterior can be finished in any way you wish – from conventionally suburban to mountain rustic to California contemporary.
- The interior floor plan can be more easily adapted because there are no structural walls on the interior.
- Drywall can be used on the interior surface of exterior walls and roof allowing for the use of color and alternative finishes.
- No interior wall is needed to hold the shape of the structure, enabling walls to be placed where you desire or for no interior walls to be used at all — creating large open spaces.
- The entire structure rests on the post-and-beam frame, so your interior remains open, a blank canvas for any design work you may wish for your new home.
- The natural design and structure of the frame brings warmth into your home with no extra work.