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Timber Frames by R.A. Krouse

Timberframe Construction

Your timberframe structure will be traditionally joined utilizing a marriage of traditional and advanced techniques. This work is done in our shops in Maine and Colorado, and then raised on-site. Our most common wood utilized is Maine white pine, as well as various other species.

Timberframing is the use of traditional, hand joinery, utilizing only wood in the structure. Every joint is hand chiseled and designed to fit together.

Mortise and tendon joinery was the predominant form of construction until the 1800s. This method of hand joinery dates back to the middle ages. American colonists build their first homes here in New England using Timberframe construction and this method of working continues to serve today as a longstanding force in home design. When you compare timberframing to more common building techniques you will find that none affords you the same high level of construction strength or integrity of raw materials as you can expect with a timberframe structure.

Although conventional construction practices have helped cut the cost of building, the long term investment of a timberframe home will be standing for generations to come. Timberframes that date back to the 1600s are still standing. It is also a common practice to disassemble old timberframe homes and relocate them. Timberframing can be distinguished from post and beam construction because of the advanced joinery techniques, important to the structural integrity of the home, barn or commercial structure.

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