With the change in trend in the industry, more and more people are turning to conventional homes since they feel that they are more ecofriendly. That is because of environmental degradation that has been happening in the recent past and global warming. It is about time that we save the environment. There is a rise of log homes and timber frame homes.
As compared to a log home which is mainly made with just wood, a timber frame home incorporates contemporary design with wood giving your home a conventional home with a modern effect. From its name, a timber frame home comprises of horizontal timber beams and vertical timber posts. With a timber frame house, the frame has to be squared while the post and beam are round. The interiors have more of a modern effect while the exterior exhibit a traditional feel. Some of the reasons you should consider doing a timber frame home includes:
This is the main reason people do timber frame homes. It saves energy and at the same time protects the environment. In as much as it uses trees, it is a renewable resource. During the milling process, there is minimum waste and the waste that is generated is used for other purposes. It reduces carbon emission d fuel costs as compared to traditional site building. It also preserves the environment since it minimizes landscape disturbance. As compared to log homes, timber framing uses less wood by approximately 30%.
With timber frame homes, there is so much flexibility on what can be used to enclose the wood which has made people to opt for strong insulation. Most of the time structural insulated panels (SIPs) and insulated concrete forms (ICFs) are used which are very energy efficient.
Timber frame homes give so much flexibility when it comes to design options. You can achieve whatever design that you want and you are not necessarily restricted to traditional designs.
Heavy timber frames have high durability since they have a higher fire tolerance for the low thermal conductivity they have. When it comes to earthquake prone areas, they have the ability to absorb any impact stirred by seismic conditions. Timber frame homes are also less likely to be affected by hurricanes and tornadoes.
Timber frame homes are easy to maintain since there is no settling of the logs. There is also less upkeep required as compared to a traditional log home.
Unlike other kinds of houses, a timber frame home only takes 2-3 months to construct and the reassembly takes up to a week though it depends on the size of the house.
Well there are many options when it comes to choosing an ecofriendly home. It is also important to keep in mind that an ecofriendly home is not all about the building but the habits of the home as well. Renewable products should be used more and disposal of waste done in the right way.