A timber frame is a skeleton-like structure in which all the loads and forces are taken by large load-bearing timbers. Building a house as a wooden structure is a widely used, cost- effective method of construction in North America, but more often than not most of the wood in the structure is hidden.
Both styles use exposed timbers on both the interior and exterior of the home. Timber frame homes provide more design flexibility than a log home.
With log homes what you see on the outside is what you are going to see on the inside. Timber frame homes rarely give you an idea of the interior design from the outside and this allows the floor plan to be flexible due to the frames interlocking configuration which eliminates the need for load bearing interior walls, providing the opportunity for large open spaces, vaulted ceilings and large window walls which bathe the interior with natural light.
Overall, timber frame homes are perceived as being much easier and quicker to raise, as CTF can be pre-manufacture and engineer the timber frame to easily fit together on site along with the wall panels, roof system and siding. Although timber framing is a very old craft, yesterday’s timber frame homes were a far cry from the open-plan, cathedral-ceiling homes that many people associate with timber framing today.
A timber frame allows the structural timbers to be displayed. These exposed timbers are finely prepared and detailed with as many architectural features as you desire. They can act as a prominent design feature, or can be used to accent certain rooms and exterior elements of the home.
Exposed wooden timbers impart images of strength, natural beauty and warmth. Imagine vaulted ceilings and open spaces. Today's timber frame home offers evident structural integrity, countless decorative possibilities, fully-integrated mechanical systems and a particularly high degree of energy efficiency.
Whether your taste runs to rustic style or contemporary décor is more to your liking; whether you plan to build in the mountains, near the shore or on the plains, wood timbers can add warmth and charm to any home. While a timber frame can be structural, there are hybrid and decorative timber frame options available.