There is so much to love about this rustic-style & Grand Victorian Pool House. The 14 by 24-foot grand Victorian cape pool house features an 8 by 18-foot timber frame front overhang with pine and groove ceiling, which brings a rustic, relaxing feel to this poolside in Salem, Connecticut. There are amazing details throughout this custom timber frame design from the timber frame overhand with curved bottom chord to the arched bottom chord and the king post truss. Other features include the seating area under the overhang, sliding barn doors with 20-lite glass, authentic timber framing with oak pegs, pine and groove ceiling, and a covered seating area under an 8 by 18-foot authentic timber frame overhand, pine tongue. The home has a groove in the timber frame overhang, timber details, and authentic joinery throughout. You’ll want to take a closer look for yourself to see what sets this custom timber frame design apart from other builds.
There are plenty of benefits to building a timber frame design. The following are just some of the reasons timber frames are more popular than ever before. Timber frame structures are stronger and more durable, timber frames with structurally insulated panels (SIP), or structural insulated panels as insulation, are more efficient than fiberglass, and often even stronger. There are no load-bearing walls in timber frame structures, this allows for changes to the floor plan with no structural consequences. SIPs can have as many doors or windows as desired. The walls in a timber frame design are straighter, just look down at stick-built walls and compare them with timber frame walls. With SIPs, structures often cost less than half as much to heat and cool as stick-built/fiberglass structures.
The noise insulation in a timber frame is remarkable. There is no settling of insulation and an increase in thermal transmission as occurs with fiberglass. With SIPs in a timber frame, there is a much more efficient use of energy. Airflow through a SIP is less than 10 percent of that through a stud-wall/fiberglass home design. With SIPs, HVAC systems can be sized smaller, costing less, and still have higher SEER ratings (higher efficiency). There is little temperature variation throughout the building, with no hot or cold spots.
Typically there is less wood used in timber frame designs than in a stud-wall structure. The use of sustainable building materials, such as local wood, contributes to a lower carbon footprint and lower cost to the environment. A very low carbon footprint is created when local woods are used to build a timber frame design. The building process creates almost no waste, compare that with the dumpsters you see at stick-built sites. Less waste at construction job sites means less pressure on waste treatment plants/landfills. Timber waste can also be recycled which is another important benefit of timber frame home designs. Craftsmanship is encouraged and enhanced by the owner’s and framer’s knowledge that the timber frame home design will be seen and admired by the inhabitants and visitors of for years to come.