FAQS

What type of structure can be built with a timber frame?

Timber framing is suitable for almost any style and shape of building. The open, airy construction can adapt to any large space such as a grand private home, public library or riding arena. Yet at the same time, the warmth of natural wood creates private personal spaces such as a spa, restaurant or cottage.

What are the practical advantages of a timber frame home?

A timber frame home requires little maintenance and will still be beautiful, structurally sound and energy efficient 100 years from now.

What types of wood are used in the construction of timber frame homes?

At Mid-Atlantic Timber Frames, we insist on the best-grade lumber available. Our timber frames are constructed mainly from Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Red Cedar and Oak.

What is the usual timeframe for building a timber frame home?

Building a custom home will always take time, but a Mid-Atlantic Timberframes home is usually quicker to construct than a traditional stick-built home. Timber is delivered to our workshop within a month of ordering, and an average home requires around two months of processing.

Is a timber frame home “green”?

Mid-Atlantic Timberframes homes are built with sustainable practices and remain among the most environmentally-friendly houses available. Our timbers come from well-managed forests and are custom-cut from a variety of sources. Each Mid-Atlantic Timberframes home is constructed to accommodate energy-efficient foam-core panels that make the home between 30% more efficient than a conventional house. A timber frame home requires little maintenance. We use passive design techniques to take advantage of natural climate to maintain thermal comfort, so the home can be affordably heated and cooled.

How much does it cost to build a timber frame home?

The cost of a timber frame generally runs between $50K and $150K depending on the size and complexity of the frame. In general, the final turnkey cost for a home that includes timber-framing runs between $200 and $225 per square foot. Click here to learn about financing your new home

What factors affect the final cost of a timber frame home?

The cost of building your new timber frame home depends on choices you make: materials, architectural details, design complexity and selected Homebuilder or General Contractor. Site conditions and location are also important cost factors.

When will I know the costs?

We can provide a bid based on your complete plans, or we can develop plans for you and provide a preliminary estimate.

What is a “hybrid design”?

A hybrid design is when part of the building is timber framed and other spaces are usually constructed with conventional methods. Many of our projects are hybrid designs.

What is the difference between log, timber frame and post & beam?

Log buildings have the logs, which are either round or squared off, stacked horizontally, creating the walls. Post & beam buildings are any buildings that have upright posts supporting horizontal beams. Timber post & beam buildings are post and beam structures made of timber, held with metal brackets. Timber frame is a specialized version of post and beam that is built like furniture, using mortise-and-tenon joinery, held in place with wooden pegs.

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