Timber framing is an age-old traditional building method. The survival rate of oak-framed structures is testament to their strength and durability. It has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, with the new emphasis on sustainable building methods.
Every joint is measured, cut, marked and tested in the time-honoured fashion. Apart from the use of some hand-held machine tools, a medieval carpenter would recognise the techniques used now. Joints are marked by hand to show where they fit together:
The frames in traditional style structures are still the same as hundreds of years ago, such as these interrupted tie-beam trusses for a vaulted barn roof:
Also traditional are arch braced trusses, as seen in this conservatory extension:
More contemporary framed structures are now popular too, dispensing with the traditional arch braces to create a modern appearance:
Timber framed structures are often combined with double glazed panels to create light-filled and spacious rooms.
If you want a durable, beautiful and economical structure, a green oak or Douglas fir frame is one of the best choices you can make.