Timber Frame FAQs
Timber framing, sometimes called post and beam, is a traditional method of building wooden structures. Traditional timber frames are distinguished by their all-wooden joinery, known as mortise and tenon, as well as for the exposed beams that are not only incredibly durable, but also create beautiful indoor spaces.
Timber Frame or Post and Beam?
Post and beam home construction is a framework based solely on vertical and horizontal pieces: the posts and the beams. Post and beam structures are constructed in layers, with each floor built independently from the others. Typically one piece is erected at a time and simple or no joinery is used.
Timber frame construction consists of posts that span unbroken from sill to eave or ridge and are erected in walls and bents. (Bents run perpendicular to the ridge of the roof, while walls run parallel to the ridge). Historically, traditional joinery was made entirely of wood.
We offer a variety of different options when it comes to choosing timber frame systems and trusses for your new home project. The two most common timber frame types used today to build timber frames are either common rafter frames, or common purlin frames. Click here to read more
Learn about timber frame industry terms and the definition of the different timber frame truss systems. We have an extensive list of terminology for you to explore and to help you learn more about timber framing! Click here to read more
Species of wood we use in your timber frames?
The most common wood species are red & white oak, white pine, southern yellow pine and Douglas fir. For highlights within a frame often used are walnut, elm, honey locust, osage, sycamore, cherry, procured recycled barn board, as well as recycled Douglas fir. This also includes radio frequency kiln dried fir or kiln dried white pine and southern yellow pine. These are exciting options as they yield very dry, exceptional quality timber. (Often grown as an environmentally friendly option) One thing to remember is that there are several species of wood. We can help you or your clients make an educated choice for your project.
Trillium Dell Timberworks offers an assortment of products to suit individual tastes, including a mix of old and new timbers. A new growing design trend is to mix and match different wood species and profiles of timbers. We can do a blend of round logs with square posts or different wood species such as an oak frame with cherry and walnut braces. For example, Rick Collins has different species represented his own home. Many buyers like the idea of using different colors and textures of wood.
Our typical finish is smooth planed on all sides. For interior pieces a coat of polymerized linseed oil follows. On exterior pieces Landark is applied. Of course, timbers can be left un-oiled and receive their final finishing from you. Other surface textures are available for an additional fee including: sawn, scallop planed or wire-brushed. Click here to read more