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Timber frame homes

These handcrafted homes are carved without power tools and are more energy efficient than conventional stick frame houses
  • A different way of building

    OakBridge Timber Framing is changing the way timber homes are built. Workers at the Amish-owned company in Howard, Ohio, craft the homes using only their hands, no power tools. If needed, they use hydraulic power. As an end result, the homes are more energy efficient than a conventional stick frame home.

    Date Published: August 24, 2012
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • No steel required

    Unlike its traditional stick frame counterpart, many timber frame structures don't require any steel or metal braces, nails included. At OakBridge Timber Framing, three generations of families work side by side to create frames. This one is mortise and tenon, held in place with wooden pegs, with a hand-carved acorn pendant.

    Date Published: August 24, 2012
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Making a house a home

    During the construction of these homes, it's tradition for homeowners, family, friends, and members of the assembly team to write their names or messages on wooden pegs that are used to join the timbers. While the pegs aren't visible once inserted, they can be dual purpose: Holding the home together, as well as holding special memories.

    Date Published: August 24, 2012
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Wide open spaces

    Without interior load bearing walls, floor plans for timber frame homes can be very open. Historically, timber frames were barns, which required open spaces.

    Date Published: August 24, 2012
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Built to last

    Structurally, timber frames are quite strong and are known to last for hundreds of years. Today's timber frame houses can often withstand brutal weather conditions like hurricanes and earthquakes much easier than stick frame houses.

    Date Published: August 24, 2012
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
  • Easy on the environment

    Timber framing uses less material than other construction methods. Wood is also carbon neutral and a renewable resource, so its impact on the environment is better than man-made materials. Structural insulated panels are used instead of fiberglass insulation to create a home that's more energy efficient. The folks at OakBridge take their commitment to the environment even further by sending white oak seedlings to their customers from the previous year. They do this every March for tree planting month.

    Date Published: August 24, 2012
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014

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