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Timber Framing

It turns out the process of “timber framing,” or Fachwerk as it is known in German, that is being used in these houses is thousands of years old. The ancient Egyptians were using this method long before we had the advanced building technology that we use today. This structuring was also extremely popular in China and Japan up until the 20th century.

However, timber framing was most popular during the Middle Ages in Northern Europe. Large wooden beams would be fastened with interlocking joinery to form the wooden frames of churches, theaters, homes of the wealthy, and large barns.

When Europeans immigrated to North America, they brought this building approach with them. The timber framing trend swept America from the 1600s to the mid 1800s. Buildings from this time period that display timber framing are still standing in Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia, and George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon.

This process saw a resurgence in the 1970’s and an even larger revitalization in the 1990’s in the United States due to new computer operated timber cutting technology that was designed by the Germans. This technology allowed for more home owners to reap the benefits of having a timber framed house – straighter walls, better insulation, and the use of recycled or reclaimed wood beams.

Rich in history and stunning in appearance – timber framing will definitely be utilized in my future home. They exude warmth and a “homey” feel. And even with the wealth of technology we have within our reach in today’s world, timber framing is still a very reliable and sturdy foundation for a home or building. This house framing style is a long-lasting and economical option, allowing for excellent insulation. With better insulation, less money is spent on heating and cooling. And interestingly, with timber framing, ceilings look higher, rooms look bigger and homes look much more open and inviting. There’s nothing better than a money saving, character building, long-lasting foundation option.