How did you get involved in Timber Framing?
It’s funny how life works out sometimes, isn’t it? In my younger years I spent some time teaching in the south of Japan. There, I was able to take in some of the local Japanese timber frames from both centuries-old structures and residential homes. I had some experience in the construction business already and the functional aesthetics of the timber frames really appealed to me. I came back to Alberta and the rest is history.
How does the cost of Timber Frame home compare to regular construction?
The cost of timber framing is usually more expensive than regular construction. The cost of the timber frame itself can be 15% – 30%+ of your budget (depending on volume of wood and intricacy of joinery). However, there are some exceptions and the use of space in the design process as well as the materials can greatly affect the price.
How does the design process work?
There are a few different ways to go about getting you the timber frame design that best suits your needs. Generally, clients come to me for the initial frame design process where we mock something simple up. If the timber frame design is more complicated or intricate, the process is outsourced to an architectural firm where we let the professional dig in and really come up with something great.
What types of materials do you use?
We strive to find the best local materials to use in the construction of your timber frame. For most projects we use douglas fir from our neighbouring province, British Columbia. The douglas fir is known for its strength, durability and golden-orange beauty. The wood is easy to work with and suits the timber frame construction beautifully. That being said, the materials we build your timber frame out of are entirely up to you and we’ve used both pine and spruce in the past.
How are Timber Frames Environmentally friendly?
Minimizing our environmental footprint and contributing to the local economy are a top priority for the McLeod Creek Timber Frame Company. We strive to use both the best local materials as well as craftsmen in both the design and construction of your timber frame. We keep up with all advancements in construction technology to better insulate and develop the timber frames we build and encourage the use of local tradesmen outside the scope of our project.
For more information on our timber frame projects or to get started, contact our team.