Looking for a Beautiful Waterfront Log Home? Seek No More!

Looking for a Beautiful Waterfront Log Home? Seek No More!

Log homes and timber framed homes have been around for thousands of years, known for their durability and comfort, they are still popular choices of homes. You'll want to take a look at this "A beautiful waterfront log home."

A beautiful waterfront setting serves as the backdrop for this Montana hybrid home. The finished hybrid house has roughly 5,000 square feet of living space, including three bedrooms, an office, an exercise room and a game room. The hybrid home was completed in 2010 after 15 months of construction under the direction of builder Peter Lee of Teton Heritage Builders in Gallatin Gateway, Montana. The hybrid home combines some structural timber elements with conventional stick framing, a method that captures the appeal of traditional timber framing but is more economical than a full timber frame.

Timber framing and post and beam construction are methods of building homes with heavy timbers rather than dimensional lumber such as 2 foot by 4 foot lumber. Traditional timber framing is the method of creating structures and homes by using heavy squared off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs. It is common in wooden buildings from the 19th century and earlier. This method of building comes from making things out of logs and tree trunks without modern high tech saws to cut lumber from the starting material stock. Using axes, adzes, and draw knives, hand powered auger drill bits, and laborious woodworking, artisans or farmers could gradually assemble a building capable of bearing heavy weight without excessive use of interior space given over to vertical support posts. Since this building method has been used for thousands of years in many parts of the world, there are many styles of historic framing. These styles are typically categorized by the type of foundation, walls, how and where the beams intersect, the use of curved timbers, and the roof framing details. Three basic types of timber frames in English speaking countries are the box frame, cruck frame, and aisled frame.

Box frames are a simple timber frame made of straight vertical and horizontal pieces with a common rafter roof without purlins. The term box frame is not well defined and has been used for any kind of framing other than cruck framing. The distinction can be made by the roof load carried by the exterior walls. A cruck is a pair of crooked or curved timbers which form a bent in the United States or a cross frame in the United Kingdom, the individual timbers are each called a blade. More than 4,000 cruck frame buildings have been recorded in the UK. There are several types of cruck frames. Aisled frames have one or more rows of interior posts. These interior posts typically carry more structural load than the posts in the exterior walls.

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