Timber frame homes are essentially structure built by using heavy timbers joint together by pegged mortise and tenon joints. This form of construction has been going on for eons and is now, in recent years, coming back into fashion.
Timber frame structures have gained a lot of momentum in the past few years. The old-age construction has been improved by utilizing some new-age technology and techniques. New trends have added to the glory of the old ways and given this concept endless design possibilities.
These designs have combined the populous yearning for wide-open spaces with a growing environmental consciousness.
The heavy timbers were originally joined using joints like lap jointing. Later on, the use of pegged mortise and tenon joints became more popular. To curb the movement of the vertical beams and posts the use of diagonal braces was introduced.
The wall would usually protrude outwards from the preceding floor. These sturdy constructions mainly used only wood timbers, not even using metallic brackets or splines. The entire weight of the structure was supported only by the wooden frame. This allowed the structure to have the much desired wide open spaces.
The large timber frames are built in huge warehouses by skilled carpenters and craftsmen and the structure is enforced with good joinery using the newest technology.
Many of the people looking to buy homes are planning to live in them till the end of their days. So these are a good option as they are strong and durable. They last very long without any major maintenance worries. Also, people looking to build sheds or stable for horses and other animals are interested in timber frame structures.