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Log homes and timber frame homes come in a variety of styles, designs, plans and sizes, available in log home kits to build, or with companies that will build your log home or timber frame home for you. If you like timber frame homes, you'll want to take a look at this lovely log home. The frame of this stunning Vermont hillside timber frame home has unique structural and decorative touches including cherry wood keys and steel straps. In the centre of the timber frame home, there is a great stone fireplace that Douglas fir beams are fit into. The exterior of the timber frame home features arched support timbers and canted posts. The timber home is located on a mountain looking out over a valley. The location is one important thing to think about when designing a timber frame. Building codes vary by location. The structure needs to be able to stand strong against wind and snow loads.
Timber framing and post and beam construction are methods of building homes with heavy timbers rather than dimensional lumber such as 2 foot by 4-foot lumber. Traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures and homes by using heavy squared off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs. It is common in wooden buildings from the 19th century and earlier. This method of the building comes from making things out of logs and tree trunks without modern high tech saws to cut lumber from the starting material stock.
Using axes, adzes, and draw knives, hand-powered auger drill bits, and laborious woodworking, artisans or farmers could gradually assemble a building capable of bearing heavy weight without the excessive use of interior space given over to vertical support posts. Since this building method has been used for thousands of years in many parts of the world, there are many styles of historic framing. These styles are typically categorized by the type of foundation, walls, how and where the beams intersect, the use of curved timbers, and the roof framing details. Three basic types of timber frames in English speaking countries are the box frame, cruck frame, and aisled frame.
Box frames are a simple timber frame made of straight vertical and horizontal pieces with a common rafter roof without purlins. The term box frame is not well defined and has been used for any kind of framing other than cruck framing. The distinction can be made by the roof load carried by the exterior walls. A cruck is a pair of crooked or curved timbers which form a bent in the United States or a cross frame in the United Kingdom, the individual timbers are each called a blade. More than 4,000 cruck frame buildings have been recorded in the UK. There are several types of cruck frames. Aisled frames have one or more rows of interior posts. Vermont Timber Works builds many other styles of log and timber frame homes and cabins in a variety of styles and designs that are really worth looking at if you're interested in log home building.
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