The construction industry is huge because people are building day and night. They build both for commercial and personal reasons. There are many different building designs, all going according to what people prefer. In this article, we are going to focus on some of the benefits of using timber frame building in construction of structures.
Using timber frame means using natural materials that comes with advantages such as non-toxic materials. This means that it is safer to touch, and the timber ages naturally.
Ecology and sustainability
When it comes to ecology and sustainability, timber takes the lead since it is a renewable building material. People have been using timber to build for years, planting more trees than they consume so that life can continue. Countries that supply timber have policies that dictate the growing of more timber than is consumed. It also promotes local economies while reducing the energy needed to transport the timber over long distances.
Low in production energy
Converting the trees into timer uses less energy as compared to other building materials like metal. As a matter of fact, timber probably uses the least energy in all building materials.
A store for carbon
The atmosphere has carbon that adds to the greenhouse effect, and the fact that the timber is made from this carbon, that comes from the atmosphere, makes it the perfect store for the carbon for as long as the building exists.
Offers great insulation
Timber helps to reduce energy needs since it is a natural insulator that can’t be compared to things like bricks or metal. The wood has naturally insulating properties that keep the home at the right temperature. This means lower energy costs and less use of fossil fuels.
Some of the other benefits of timber frame homes include:
- Flexible designs
- Easier maintenance
- Trades can frame, wire and plumb the home, saving money
- Less maintenance
- Wood can be placed in a kiln to dry, reducing any movement of the timbers
- Use of traditional siding
- Building a timber frame home can take 2-3 months, with reassembly taking 2-5 days depending on size
- If a full timber frame exceeds the budget, one can add some timber highlights to achieve the feel and beauty of timbers
How much does a Timber Frame Home Cost?
The cost of the timber frame home will depend on certain factors such as complexity, size, design and type of timber used although it is generally cheaper than other options. Below is a breakdown of what a typical timber frame home package looks like:
- The timber frame structure
- Reassembly on location
- Interior stairs and railings
- Pre-framed exterior wall and roof panels, with the option of using natural “green” materials only
- Windows and doors
- All engineered hardware
- All gaskets and special sealant tapes for the timber members, in order to achieve an airtight and energy efficient home
- Labor costs for at least 2 of Artisan’s skilled timber framers to direct the assembly of the timbers on site.
The average cost of a timber frame package will range between $45 per square foot and $75 per square foot.…