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Board and Batten Buildings

  Where pine board & batten buildings are built with skilled craftsmanship of bygone years from start to completion. Just take a close look at the detail of the mortise and tenon beams on our Timber Framed Pavilions & Pergolas. This gives the look of centuries past and also adds to their structural soundness. Our desire is to build in a way that many generations to come will appreciate.

Authentic Beauty. Renewable Resources.

  Where pine board and batten buildings are built with skilled craftsmanship of bygone years from start to completion. Just take a close look at the detail of the mortise and tenon beams on our Timber Framed Pavilions & Pergolas. This gives the look of centuries past and also adds to their structural soundness. Our desire is to build in a way that many generations to come will appreciate.

Artisans of Timber Frame Buildings

  We build portable buildings of all types, but our heart is in the fine craftsmanship required in creating timber frame buildings. We think you should consider having your next structure made in the timber frame style. When you compare all the features of timber frame with conventional building, we believe you may agree, quality is always worth it in the end.
  We have encountered a number of questions from our clients, so we have some questions and answers here for you to consider.

What is a timber frame building?

  Timber framing is the process of constructing a building using heavy timbers for the main structure. Most residential buildings today are built using 2x4 construction with walls built with 2x4 or 2x6 studs that are nailed together with a bottom plate and two top plates. Typically a sheeting of OSB (oriented strand board) or plywood is then nailed on the outside and drywall is fastened to the inside. That type of construction has come about because of the advance of modern wood machining equipment.

  Back in the 19th century and before, builders didn’t have the ability to mass produce 2x4's like we do today. Instead they would take long logs and square them up with axes, draw knives and lots of elbow grease. Then they would most commonly use the mortise and tenon joint to hold the beams together. Angle bracing in the corners helped keep the main frame square and solid. Open areas would then be filled in with stone and mud, or with wood or other materials.

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

  Before the day of 2x4 construction, when builders worked with wood, they either made log homes, post and beam buildings or timber frame buildings. A person might ask, “Are they all the same since they all use whole logs, or heavy timber, or are there differences?”

  Log homes are logs simply stacked on top of each other with corners notched and lagged together in order to provide structural integrity. Log homes were very popular in pioneer days when logs and manpower were plentiful. There was very little transportation involved to simply drag the logs from one part of the farming plot, shaping done to the log and then men heaved the logs into place.

  Post and beam is similar to timber frame building and the terms may be used interchangeably. Both of these structures are joined by splices and joints that are mortised and tenoned and pined together with pegs.

  When we refer to post and beam we are speaking of uprights that look like logs, in that they are round posts. Sometimes people prefer posts, perhaps it is trees they planted in their youth and they wish to keep that “tree” look.

  Timber frame as we refer to it speaks of logs that have been turned into beams by a sawmill so they have four flat sides and are similarly sized for appearance sake. The four flat sides of the beam provides a flat surface to create a very tight and durable joint.

How does a timber frame building differ from a regular framed home?

  In cosmetics, a timber frame has the main frame visible on the inside (or outside if you prefer) with your panels or finished wall sitting outside of the frame. Timber frame adds character and rustic appeal that cannot be achieved with a regular framed house. The joints and lofty expanses of timber frame provide a beautiful primitive setting.

  In structure, timber frame is sound. Many timber frame buildings have lasted for hundreds of years simply by giving them simple care and protection.

  In insulation value a timber frame house can be made up to fifteen times more energy efficient by the type of construction used.

What all different kinds of timber frame buildings can be built?

  All types of buildings can be made with the timber frame style. Often timber frame construction is used in building homes, cabins, restaurants, reception centers, pergolas and pavilions because of the rustic eye appeal. Barns and stables are also commonly constructed with timber frame jointery because it seems to fit the theme of outdoors and horses.

  Actually any type of building can be built from the timber frame style, including sheds, pool houses, garages, offices and portable buildings. You tell us what you are thinking of and we’ll explain how what a fine job we can do for you!

Are we limited in design options with a timber frame building?

  Not really. Sometimes when customers ask for free span trusses of more than 50' we need to figure out extra engineering, but we are usually able to come up with a structurally sound plan. We enjoy the challenge of your “out of the box” ideas.

What types of wood are used to build timber frame structures?

  We usually work with pine, hemlock and Douglas Fir. We can work with whatever is available if you have a specific source or if you have a special species you want your building made of.

What is the process for building a timber frame structure?

  Bring us a plan with the size of the building you envision. It may be a simple sketch with a few of your ideas jotted down. List your goals for the building along with any special tastes of your liking...Together we will come up with a plan.

  After we have a blueprint we go for permits.

  Once permits are secured materials will be ordered and we will prepare the timber frames in our shop.

  While we are preparing the framework in our shop, out at the job site our workers can be placing the foundation. When all are ready, we bring the materials out and the building is erected on your site.

What type of foundation do we need to put under our timber frame structure?

  We recommend a concrete pier be laid under each post for pergolas and pavilions. This provides more aesthetic eye appeal and is sufficient for outdoor structures.

  For all other permanent structures we recommend a typical cement block or poured concrete foundation wall.

Are the timber frames stained or finished at all to preserve them?

  How you finish your wood is your option. Wood exposed to the weather without any preservatives will turn grayish/brown. Some folks prefer this natural look. Others wish for the fresh wood look and that must be preserved by some exterior coating.

How are timber frame buildings enclosed?

  Timber frame enclosures are determined by the type of the building. A barn or out building typically is filled in by connecting framework of ties from post to post and we install wood siding on those ties.

  For buildings that require insulation we’ll use a conventional frame outside of timber frame or use SIP’s.

What is a hybrid timber frame?

  Hybrid timber framing is timber frame style without the jointery work. Then the pieces are typically nailed or screwed together without mortise and tenon and pegging construction. This type construction is cheaper and less structurally sound.

What are SIP’s?

  Recently, it has become common practice to enclose the timber structure entirely in manufactured panels such as structural insulated panels (SIPs). We use OSB inside and out with a foam core in the center.

  Although the timbers can only be seen from inside the building when so enclosed, construction is less complex and insulation is greater than in traditional timber building. SIP’s fasten directly to the frame and provide wall to finish interior and exterior applications. SIPs reduce dependency on bracing and auxiliary members, because the panels span considerable distances and add rigidity to the basic timber frame.

  SIP’s are very energy efficient! They add up to 50% savings on cooling and heating bills. More than that, they are environmentally friendly. The foam used has a class 1 fire rating because a structural insulated panel (SIP) is solid. There is no cavity to create the “chimney effect” that causes so many fires to quickly rage out of control.

  A timber frame home enclosed with SIP’s can be as much as fifteen times tighter than the typical frame enclosure system.

What are the benefits of timber frame?

  • Longevity of structure...

  • Rustic appeal, appealing to the eye...

  • Cathedral ceilings with outstanding character...

  • Exposed timbers throughout the building

How long do timber frame buildings last?

  With reasonable care, timber frame buildings last for generations to come. In Europe there are buildings that have existed for over one thousand years.

How much maintenance do timber frame buildings take?

  Timber frame buildings typically do not take much upkeep. If the roof is maintained and there are no places where the wood is repeatedly exposed to moisture wood will last for a long time. If you want to preserve a stained or preserved wood look, you will need to apply stain or sealer approximately every 5-10 years, depending upon the quality of the stain you use and the amount of exposure you have to the sun and rain.

Can a timber frame building be insulated?

  Yes it can. Insulation can be provided either through SIP construction as explained above or through conventional framing with stud walls with conventional insulation between the studs.

Are timber frame structures more expensive than traditional buildings?

  On the whole timber frame structures are slightly more expensive than conventional framing. Of course, if one wishes to add exposed posts beams and rafters in a conventional home then timber frame would be the better way to go.

  All in all, with the savings on a well insulated home and the aesthetic appeal found in timber frame construction, many customers are choosing to go with timber frame and are well satisfied with the price.

Are post and beam or timber frame buildings “green”?

  All wood is “green”. It grows naturally and provides the environment with oxygen for mankind and animals. If left to rot in the forest or burned, it produces a good bit of CO2. Used in construction it produces no toxic waste or gasses for the environment.

Will timber frames shrink and get checks? does that matter?

  All wood expands and contracts with moisture. All wood also naturally develops minor cracks or “checks” as they are called. Some species resist checking more than others, which is one reason why Douglas Fir is often chosen for interior beams.

  Checking does not impair or hurt structural soundness, neither does the natural expanding and contracting that wood goes through. We carefully select all wood beams and only use those that are structurally sound, so any checking or shrinkage that occurs will not weaken your building.

  Give us a call. Our old-fashioned craftsmen would enjoy creating a home or building for you and your family to enjoy for generations to come. Remember, quality doesn’t really cost, it pays!