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Chinking & Infill

Many times we work on projects here at Trillium Dell that require some form of infill, chinking, or other method of sealing beyond exterior enclosure systems. Chinking involves the use of infill material, sometimes called daubing between the logs of log cabins and other log structures. Most notably and obviously chinking is required in our reconstruction of historic log cabins. In many cases we also apply our knowledge and experience of chinking to the repair of modern log cabins as well. In almost all cases we use Perma-Chink™ as our synthetic chinking of choice. With log cabins we can chink gaps wide as four or five inches, though we may try to keep them somewhat smaller by installing wood batting in between the older historic timbers.

With older log cabins and historic structures we find that synthetic chinking does provide the most maintenance free form of protection against the elements. We have been using Perma-Chink™ on almost all of our projects involving the restoration of historic log cabins, for over a decade and have found it to be an excellent product. Trillium Dell has restored and replicated more historic log cabins than any timber frame construction company in the Midwest. Our work doesn’t just stop with the chinking, we provide turnkey restoration for all of historic timber frame and log cabin work.

Chinking doesn’t just stop with historic log cabins though. Taking our knowledge of chinking further we have successfully utilized this technique in some of our most amazing and interesting timber frame projects. We also use the same methods to repair and restore historic timber frames, as well as chink modern timber frames, especially in cases where we build a timber frame in such a way that the timbers for the frame are the exposed on the outside of the building as well, and the walls are in-filled. Infilling and nogging was very common in early timber frames in the Midwest and Illinois beginning with French Colonial buildings in the early 1700’s. This practice of infilling and nogging continued for another 200 years until as late as the 1920’s and 1930’s when log buildings and timber frames declined until revitalized in the present day, and beginning again when Trillium Dell began building traditional hand cut timber frames out of local white oak in 1996.

Today Trillium Dell utilizes our rich heritage and tradition of timber frame buildings and log buildings in the Midwest and Illinois in chinking, infilling, and nogging our modern structures. With over 300 years of building tradition in this part of the country we can draw upon the successes and failures of those that preceded us. In almost all cases some aspect of chinking to control air-infiltration is common practice in all of our timber frame homes, as well as some form of infill and nogging. The beauty of integrating all three of these methods of insulation, fire barriers (blocking), and prevention of air-infiltration allows for us to be very creative with our solutions. In addition we can install clay plaster or other type of lime based plaster over our infill and nogging system’s to create on old world or European feel to our timber frames and log buildings. Building in this way and using these systems has been a part of our collective cultural tradition for thousands of years, Trillium Dell continues that tradition today.

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