features and benefits
Why is a Traditional Timber Frame such a unique and valuable addition to a building project and why should you include one in your next design?
A heavy timber frame made in the traditional style has an extremely low carbon footprint compared to any comparable structural system. Our timber is felled by local forest managers harvesting only selected trees while maintaining the health of the ecosystems they work within. Every timber we use lived it’s life a short distance from our construction yard and was felled and milled specifically for the structural component it goes to making. We use “boxed heart” timber from predominantly Eucalypt species, which means that we are utilising regrowth and young trees, not clearing old growth forest or replacing native forests with invasive monoculture Pine plantations.
Our timber comes from the forest, to the sawmill, to our yard, and then into your building, with the absolute minimum of processing and transport, with no chemical processes or applications. We use natural plant derived oils to protect the timber between construction and cladding.
Fast growing native Eucalpyt timber is also a fantastic carbon store, drawing CO2 out of the atmosphere to turn into the timber that will provide the structure of your building. The size and strength of a timber frame means that the building will stand for many centuries, meaning the initial energy input to produce a usable timber is virtually nothing when considered over the building lifetime.
The timbers we use for construction of a traditional timber frame are almost all termite resistant to some degree, and this works in combination with our custom steel footings to mean you have no need to worry about infestation and damage. It also means there are no harmful chemical treatments seeping into your home from the timber frame to effect the health of your family.
One of the most comforting things about a timber framed building is that due to the high density and massive size of the timbers, the structure they provide is virtually fireproof. Our timber is a minimum of BAL19 rated, and we offer Class 1 timbers for external use (or the entire structure) which provide the highest fire rating for timber.
The joinery methods and inherent strength of the traditional framing style mean that the structure forms one solid but flexible latticework. This structure provides the ideal framework to resist earthquakes and other ground movement. Timber frames have been tested to withstand magnitude 9+ earthquakes, which are the highest recorded. There are also examples of medieval timber framed buildings which have suffered centuries of slow ground movement and are still standing strong despite being tilted and bent over the years.
A wise person once said “when you buy quality, you only cry once”. A traditional timber frame provides many great economic benefits to a new build or a retrofit/renovation.
As mentioned above, a timber frame is designed and built to stand the test of time and you can expect it to not only outlast you, but your great grandchildren as well. If you’re going to put a lifetime of mortgage payments into a building, why not create one that will last more than a lifetime and really get your money’s worth?
A timber framed building, if properly detailed and finished, is the perfect structure around which to create a fantastic low energy use building. With the strength to easily support a super insulated roof (why not a Green roof?) and features like our direct double glazing for solar passive design, a timber framed structure is the ideal choice to save you big dollars over the very long life of the building.
Most importantly, the beauty and craft of a finely finished hand built timber frame adds so much value to a finished building that there’s no reasonable reason to not include one.
Our design expertise and the flexibility of creating custom timber work means that we can help you to achieve the vision for you project that you really want. Our design team will work closely with the owner, architect, interior designer, and contractors to get the right design at the start and assure the best possible finish.