Submitted by: Bruce Gardner, Co-Owner of Homestead Timber Frames
The timber framing revival began in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. A few folks,
principally in New England, noticed that there were sound buildings in their communities that were nearing 4 centuries of age. In comparing these timber frame buildings to modern construction they realized that the skill required in design and construction was greater, the timbers were larger, the buildings were stronger, and the architecture was
Modern timber framing has dramatically advanced in design and application. Today’s timber frame may be a home, a portion of a home, a barn, a pavilion, a bridge, or simply decorative timber assemblies. Timber framers have become adept at designing and cutting complex wooden joints, rigging and assembling complicated buildings, and in adapting timber frames to a variety of uses, styles, and budgets.more beautiful. By the mid-80’s a few of these timber framing folks discovered each other and convened a small gathering of like minded craftspeople. From this small beginning grew the Timber Framers Guild. Timber framers have been teaching each other how to timber frame ever since.
Insulating wall and roof systems for timber frame structures have dramatically improved. The timber frame structure can now be both beautiful and energy efficient. Because timber components are accurately fabricated in a shop, construction time is reduced. For example, a timber frame for a 2,500 square foot home can typically be assembled in a week. Insulating wall and roof systems can be installed in one more week giving a weather tight shell in a total of two weeks.
Architects, builders, lenders, and home owners have become ever more aware of the possibilities presented by timber frames. Both projects and timber framing companies have become more numerous. The result allows building owners to select a timber framing company close to their site and allows timber framing company craftsmen to spend their work days close to home even when assembling a timber frame. While not yet commonplace, the continued growth in timber frame popularity insures an expanding use of this beautiful and durable building method, enhancing the quality of local architecture and the utility of the buildings so built