Alaska Hand Crafted Timberframe Structures
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What's the difference between timberframe and
post and beam construction?
A: In a post and beam structure the timbers are joined with
metal bolts and hardware. A timberframe structure has no metal. It uses
the centuries-old technique of interlocking the timbers with mortise and
tenon joinery, fastened with wooden pegs.
A: The homeowner or general contractor is responsible for
the foundation and deck construction. We can work with you to develop a
timberframe deck if desired. Before raising the timberframe, we may need
to visit the site and/or have the foundation inspected. This time usually
coincides with the timberframe shop work.
A: A crane is necessary for the
raising of the frame, and very effective to have on site for any other
heavy lifting. We have our own boom truck for hire. Or, depending on the
site or situation, you may want to hire/rent another boom truck.
In the shop, sorting and planing before joinery
Q: Finishing the frame?
A: Foam filled stress-skin panels are the ideal system for
enclosing your timberframe. They provide an air-tight continuous
insulation envelope. However, any kind of enclosure system may be used.
A: Panels come with prearranged wire
chases. Electricians who have worked with panels find this system very
convenient. Wire can be run in router channels in the frame itself for
A: Since plumbing cannot be in panels, floor plans and
partition walls must be laid out to accommodate plumbing needs.
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