Solid oak timbers form the framework of
the home utilizing traditional mortise and tenon joinery to connect the
network of timbers.
White pine logs with the traditional
characteristics of logs hewn flat on both sides, joined at the corners
by dovetail notch and with chinking between the logs.
- Structural Panels
A strong super-insulated
building panel used as a completely free-standing structural wall or
roof system. Structural panels are also utilized as energy efficient
blankets on the exterior of timber frame homes.
- Passive Solar
Design, materials and orientation
of the house allow for the utilization of solar energy by natural means.
Earth sheltering can be incorporated in passive solar homes.
- Earth Sheltered
The design of the house allows
for earth to be bermed reducing heat loss or gain by moderation of
outdoor temperatures on the bermed walls. Passive solar can be
incorporated in earth bermed homes.
The house frame uses dimensional
lumber and consists of one of three distinct types: balloon frame,
braced frame or platform frame. Framing of these types became popular at
the turn of the century with the common availability of nails.