With any custom-building project, you will run into some unexpected challenges along the way. While timber framing is renowned for its beauty and durability, there are a few disadvantages of timber in construction you should know about if you are interested in one of these houses.
Luckily, most of the disadvantages with timber frame homes can be easily averted when you work with a reputable builder like Hamill Creek. Whether choosing the right timber for the job or ensuring your timbers are properly sealed for weather protection, we will ensure you get the house of your dreams.
While traditional homes are supported by an internal frame made of cut boards or steel beams, timber frame home construction is done with massive wooden logs. To build these internal structures, contractors use massive pieces of timber from trees like Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar.
Due to the fact that timber framing doesn’t utilize load-bearing walls, many timber frame houses have beautiful open floor plans. Due to their uniqueness, timber frame homes are considered “nonstandard structures” in the real estate industry. While this classification isn’t a big deal, it is something that you should be aware of – especially concerning homeowners’ insurance.
Timber frames can be as much as 15% more costly when compared to traditional buildings. Timber frames can also require more lead time or 8-12 weeks from placing the order to delivery
Hamill Creek offers timber home frame kits and packages. On the higher end, the timber frame home cost from Hamill Creek is about $300 -$400 per square foot. Please note, the main thing to consider about cost is your chosen materials. If you opt for granite countertops throughout your home, it is going to be expensive – regardless if it is a stick-built or timber frame home.
Maintenance is one of the biggest disadvantages of timber in construction that is exposed directly to the environment. It is susceptible to damage if not properly cared for. This is particularly true if your timber frame home wasn’t built correctly.
If your builder didn’t take the proper steps in weather protection, it could cause your timbers to weather or grey prematurely and then require more time to refinish. Timbers on the interior of the home where they are not exposed to the environment require little to no maintenance
To maintain your timber frame, be sure to inspect and test the wood regularly to ensure that water has not penetrated the frame. In like fashion, Hamill Creek recommends that you re-stain your timber frame every 2-5 years to protect it from moisture and UV rays.
While timber has some disadvantages in construction, most problems can be avoided by working with a reputable builder like Hamill Creek. Not only will we advise you on the best construction methods for timber framing, plumbing, and wiring, but we will also guide you in making sure your timber frame is properly cared for.
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