Adding timber-frame elements to a stick-frame house makes economic and aesthetic sense.
Synopsis: Here are economical techniques for incorporating substantial-looking posts and beams into the construction of a stick-framed house. Included are details for building a timber-framed entrance and porch, an exposed joist ceiling, and exposed truss roofs.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it, too” might apply in the kitchen, but when you’re building houses, you sometimes can have both. If you like timber-frame houses but can’t afford one, consider a hybrid. Although a complete timber frame usually costs 10% to 20% more than a comparable stick frame, a small timber-frame structure integrated into a stick-frame house adds only a fraction of that cost. Hybrids also are less complicated to build than full timber frames, yet they retain the dramatic look of timber-frame structures in visible areas. These timber-frame parts can range in scale and complexity from a simple covered entry to an entire two-story addition. In a typical situation,…