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We help builders who are frustrated working with timber frame subcontractors who are cost-efficient but a pain to deal with; who have been burned by 1 or 2 page bids that are not crystal clear about what is included (and what isn’t); and who are forced to deal with subs who get behind or don’t take responsibility for their mistakes.
We’re not the right fit for every project, but if any of this rings true, we’d like to talk with you.
Solving problems and satisfying customers is what we think will make both our companies successful.
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Timber Frame FAQ
Timber framing is a specialized form of post and beam construction where timbers are connected using traditional wood-to-wood joinery. A more detailed explanation is here: https://www.carolinatimberworks.com/whats-the-difference-post-and-beam-and-timber-frame-construction/
The short answer? It depends. Here, in one place, is a step-by-step explanation of how to select a timber specie from the most common woods used in timber frames: http://www.carolinatimberworks.com/best-wood-for-timber-framing/
A structural timber frame bears the load of gravity pulling the house down and the winds trying to push the house over. A decorative timber frame, on the other hand, is non weight bearing and only holds up its own weight. Follow this link for more information, including the pros and cons of each.
Timber frame builders often fit timber framing into the budget through hybrid timber framing—i.e. timber framing only certain parts of the house as opposed to timber framing the entire home. We can help identify an area or two within the plan to timber frame (for example the front entry and timber frame trusses in the great room), and then establish a budget.
After receiving our email newsletter, a prospective customer emailed a great question: “Can you show a recent home for a customer on a 300k budget, else this stuff is non-realistic to normal non-millionaire folks.” See our answer (and what factors determine how much your timber frame will cost).
We think that timber trusses provide most of the visual impact of a full timber frame, but at lower cost. Here are a number of available styles with some great tidbits of information about each type of truss.
Currently, the average length of time between when a timber frame builder places a new order for a timber frame and when it is ready to install, is 10-12 weeks. Depending on a number of factors, lead times can increase or decrease. When we experience increased demand, our lead times increase as a function of the number of orders we receive. Periodically we make modifications to our staffing and processes in order to reduce lead times.