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Learn about the advantages and energy efficiency of timber frame buildings.
  • Timber frame buildings also have numerous advantages when it comes to energy conservation and insulation.
    Cabin Creek Timber Frames

    Cabin Creek Timber Frames

    Joe Bell has enjoyed working with wood since he built a wooden sailboat at age 22. Joe and his wife, Jo, began timber framing in 1984, and in 1996 they established their own timber framing company, Cabin Creek Timber Frames.

    The company continues to make beautiful timber frame buildings today, and primarily serves the Southeastern United States in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

    Timber frames are built from large timbers such as posts, plates, rafters, and connecting timbers. They are connected with mortise and tenon joints, and held with wooden pegs.

    Timber frame buildings also have numerous advantages when it comes to energy conservation and insulation.

    Date Published: June 24, 2014
    Date Updated: June 24, 2014
  • Timber framing is a time-honored method of building using large timbers first joined by lashing and in later centuries by mortise and tendon joints to frame a building.
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    Background of timber framing

    Timber framing is a time-honored building method using large timbers that were first joined by lashing, and then by mortise and tenon joints in later centuries to frame a building.

    There is speculation that mortise and tenon joints have been used as early as 500-200 B.C., and there is evidence of large timber use by the builders at Stonehenge.

    The phrase “timber framing” is thought to have come from the Latin scholar Vetruvius, whose Latin words “opus craticium” possibly translate into “a work of crates,” as the frames do appear to resemble large crates.

    Date Published: June 24, 2014
    Date Updated: June 24, 2014
  • Today, many new, efficient buildings are timber frame buildings.
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    Insulation

    Today, many new, efficient buildings are timber frame buildings.

    This is due to the use of an efficient insulation called structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs is made up of insulation first used in the 1930s and onward for refrigeration units, a sandwich material of plywood (now oriented strand board or OSB) and foam insulation.

    SIPs can be manufactured for insulation only, or for structural purposes along with insulation.

    In the 1970s, timber framers began using SIPs for the skin of their frames, and now with advances in technology, it is one of the best materials on the market. It provides some of the most efficient buildings from an insulation standpoint, which could save you thousands of dollars per year compared to stick-built structures.

    Date Published: June 24, 2014
    Date Updated: June 24, 2014
  • There are several advantages that timber frame buildings have over stick-built and log structures.
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    Advantages

    There are several advantages that timber frame buildings have over stick-built and log structures.

    1) Timber frame buildings are stronger and more durable than stud-wall or stick-built frames. They are even able to withstand hurricane force winds and heavy snow loads.

    2) They are expected to last centuries as their forebears in Europe have done.

    3) The working structure of the timber frame array is beautiful and can be seen, studied and enjoyed from the interior.

    4) Timber frame walls are straighter that stick-built walls, and may have as many doors and windows as desired.

    5) There is more space for large windows and abundant natural light.

    6) There is a much greater resale value for timber frames buildings with SIPs, since they are much more efficient.

    Date Published: June 24, 2014
    Date Updated: June 24, 2014
  • With structural insulated panels (SIPs), structures often cost less than half as much to heat and cool as stick-built or fiberglass structures.
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    Energy efficiency

    With structural insulated panels, structures often cost less than half as much to heat and cool as stick-built or fiberglass structures.

    According to the Department of Energy, airflow through a SIPs wall is less than 7% of that through a stick-built or fiberglass structure, resulting in a more efficient use of energy.  

    Date Published: June 24, 2014
    Date Updated: June 24, 2014
  • The building process of timber framing creates almost no waste with the use of local wood.
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    Low carbon footprint

    The building process of timber framing creates almost no waste with the use of local wood. 

    Waste that is created by Cabin Creek Timber Frames is used for fuel to heat in the wintertime—carbon neutral.

    Use of sustainable materials, such as local wood, contributes to a lower carbon footprint and lower cost to the environment.

     

    Date Published: June 24, 2014
    Date Updated: June 24, 2014
  • A good, functional timber frame design comes from careful teamwork provided by an experienced floor plan designer, and an equally experienced timber frame designer.
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    Teamwork

    A good, functional timber frame design comes from careful teamwork provided by an experienced floor plan designer, and an equally experienced timber frame designer. The key is to collaborate together early on for all efforts to work seamlessly.

    For more information regarding Cabin Creek Timber Frames and timber framing, visit www.cabincreektimberframes.com.

     

    Date Published: June 24, 2014
    Date Updated: June 24, 2014

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