Since the late 1970s, timber frame construction has been making a steady revival. Lovers of the outdoors have long been drawn to timber frame homes as a way to bring the feel of the outdoors into their home. While the traditional focus of the industry has been on the residential market, over the past 15-20 years, custom timber framing has been trending into the commercial market as well, under the name heavy timber construction. Here are some of the many reasons why both residential and commercial consumers are choosing timber frames for their next project:
1. Timber is a natural, renewable resource that is environmentally friendly. Mid-Atlantic Timberframes uses sustainable practices, our suppliers plant as many as 10x the amount of trees they cut down.
2. Timber frame homes are the perfect option for open floor plans which are a popular trend in new home design. The flexibility, durability, and strength of timber frames allows for more open spaces because timber frame homes do not require as many interior walls to support the building. There are virtually unlimited options for timber frame floor plans when it comes to the construction.
3. Timber frame homes are energy efficient when paired with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). Unlike a standard framed or stick frame home, SIPs homes do not have the thermal breaks created by studs as 16” centers. A well built timber frame home with SIPs, gives you the ability to reduce energy costs while providing a beautiful living space.
4. With lots of custom options, timber frame homes are not only aesthetically pleasing but can be built to suite any personality or lifestyle. Let your imagination be your guide when designing the perfect timber frame homes.
5. Timber frame homes and structures are acoustically sound. The properties of the wood prevent echoes and absorb sound waves making them perfect for everything from concert halls and wedding venues to retirement homes and other commercial structures. The old-world feel of timber frames also makes it the perfect building material for wineries, restaurants, and microbreweries.
Hopefully these points have provided some insight into timber frame construction and can convince you to consider timber frames for your next home or project. Still unsure if timber frame construction is right for you? Contact our general manager, Sam Ebersol, and he’d be happy to walk you the pros and cons of what good timber frame floor plans can do you for you and your family.