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Michael M-timber frame
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Katrina    Posted 03-08-2004 at 14:56:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are thinking about building a timberframe/stick built hybrid home and are still in the planning stages. Can you give me any information that would be helpful in our decisions? I see there is a log and timberframe show in Minneapolis in April and we plan to go. We live in Minnesota (central) and can do a lot of the work ourselves. My husband was an electrician and has helped with building other stick-built homes and can weld, build or repair just about anything he puts his mind to. We currently live in an old farmhouse that has too many years on so we will have a place to stay while building.

Michael M    Posted 03-08-2004 at 17:58:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Katrina. Well, I personally love timber frame structures, and wish I had built my house in that manner. Live and Learn.
I recommend using a SIPS skin, structurally insulated panels, over the timbers.It makes building much easier, and gives and incredible R-value. DO a web search for SIPS, or go to
A lot of what I might recommend depends on if you are going to build the house yourselves, or have a contractor do it. Email me off board if you like, or we can carry on the discussion here if no one minds.
Personally, having somewhere to live while building, I would either cut the trees and do all of the work myself, or draw up my plans, and buy the timbers from a sawmill, and do all of the mortise and tennon work myself, rent a Lull and put up the whole thing, SIPS and all. If you go through a timber frame company that ships the frame already cut and worked, ready to assemble, you will pay big bucks for it. Raw timbers on the other hand, can be had comparatively cheap, and the work is a lot of fun, if you like doing furniture grade work on timbers :).

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