This White Oak timber frame embodies a common theme in hybrid homes: the public spaces, such as kitchen, great room, dining room and porches are timber frame construction. The private spaces, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, are built using conventional methods. This lowers building costs while giving you all of the advantages of timber frame construction.
White Oak Timber Frame Project Credits
Timber Frame Builder: MoreSun Custom Woodworking
Design: Whetstone Designs
Photographs: Steve Bracci Photograpy
Timber frame construction starts with the entry & foyer .
Timber framed dining room opens to the great room.
White Oak was chosen for the custom home's timber frame. Resistance to decay is one of the attributes of this species and its dense grain allows it to carry a larger load per timber size than many other species. White Oak does have a high shrinkage rate, causing gaps in the frame's joints, which has a visual but not a structural impact.
The homeowners chose Spalted Poplar for the tongue & groove ceilings in several rooms. Spalting is a form of wood coloration caused by fungi. The supplier's process begins by cutting down trees and burying them for a period of time. He then digs the trees up and mills them, resulting in the wood's beautifully unique colors and patterns.
White Oak timber frames the great room, featuring Spalted Poplar T&G.
The Keeping Room is open to the kitchen, as was traditional in colonial times.
The kitchen is centrally located and offers easy access to the other public spaces in this home.
The White Oak timber frame greets you at the home's front entrance, offering hints of what lies inside!
Plenty of outdoor living space is available here. From covered porches to open patios, enhanced by a burbling creek, this custom home invites you to relax and enjoy nature with your friends and family.