Building a Timber Frame Home: What To Know

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Updated: April 28, 2023

Timber framing has become increasingly popular over the last decade because of its low maintenance costs and long life span. The main advantage of building a timber frame home is that it can be constructed with local materials, such as wood from trees that have grown naturally within a certain area.

What is Timber Frame Construction?

Whether you’re building your first home, forever home, a lakeside cabin, or a holiday home, a custom timber frame home is an excellent choice. Once you’ve decided to build a timber frame home, there are many choices to make so that you can create a custom home that complements your lifestyle.

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How Does a Timber Frame Home Differ from A Conventional Home?

Some of the most flexible design options available in any home design are available with timber frame construction. There is much room to add your touches to a timber frame build. Because of this, more and more people are opting for timber frame homes rather than conventional homes. Unlike in a conventional home where framing is done using nails or adhesives, wooden pegs and tenon connections are used to link wood pieces together in a timber frame home. Solid and long timbers construct timber frame buildings’ horizontal and vertical frameworks. These wooden frames support the entire weight of the building and transfer the weight to the ground.

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How Much Does Building a Timber Frame Home Cost?

A custom timber frame home is only as expensive as you want it to be. At ReThink Enterprise, we can design a timber frame home to match your budget. Higher levels of quality control are possible when the wall panels and timber frame are pre-fabricated, which helps to keep prices down.

The cost of building a timber frame home will depend on factors such as:

  • The complexity of your home design
  • Where you’re building
  • The type of timber used
  • The size of your custom home
  • The amount of custom detailing you put into your home

How Long Does It Take to Build a Timber Frame Home?

Building a timber frame home from start to completion takes less time than a conventionally built custom home of the same size. Timber frame construction allows you to begin work off-site, thus helping accelerate the building process. The fact that a timber frame home can quickly be erected during adverse weather shortens the construction period.

Pre-manufactured wood frame structures are constructed more quickly because only the final assembly is done on-site. The walls, floors, and roofs are all designed as a whole coherent structure off-site. As a result, interior tasks like electrical wiring and plastering can start early in the building process.

How Sustainable is Timber Frame Home?

Timber is a renewable resource. Timber is a 100% sustainable building material when appropriately maintained, making it a good choice for sustainable construction. During construction, timber frame homes consume less energy than conventionally framed homes.

When used in windows, doors, and floors, the thermal insulating properties of timber lower the energy requirements of a home resulting in a better-insulated timber frame structure that uses less energy to heat and cool. ReThink Enterprise can work on timber with essential tools and reduces the energy needed for construction, making it remarkably energy efficient.

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Is a Timber Frame Home Strong?

As long as they are correctly designed and built, timber frame structures are strong and resilient. Timber is a highly durable building material. Some sturdy timber frame buildings from hundreds of years ago still stand firm today. When engineering timber frame homes, local wind, snow, and seismic load requirements are considered. Modern timber frames are far more durable due to higher manufacturing standards and stricter building codes.

What Are the Benefits of Building a Timber Frame Home

There are many benefits of timber frame homes; they include:

  • Design flexibility and freedom
  • Environmentally-friendly custom designs
  • Allows for the craftsmanship of timber framing
  • A variety of design and size options
  • Timber-framed structures have a beautiful aesthetic
  • Timber frame homes have an excellent acoustic performance

Let Us Build Your Timber Frame Home

Designing and constructing a custom timber frame house takes a lot of thought, planning, and communication. Finding a reliable builder to manage your build is the key to success.

Our enthusiastic team of wood frame experts has designed and manufactured hundreds of custom timber frame homes and is always happy to be of service to our clients.

Our team at Rethink Enterprise in partnership with Canadian Timberframes, can handle every aspect of your project and use our wealth of experience in building custom timber frame homes to help you save money and stay on schedule.

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