Books on Timber Frame Homes
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The Dick Pirozzolo Collection
Timberframe homes offer an aesthetic appeal that can be achieved with no other building style. Their grace, lightness, and ability to span big interior spaces are much like a canopy of trees over a country lane. While timberframe homes naturally evoke a country or traditional feeling, TIMBERFRAME INTERIORS teaches that you need not confine yourself to that decor. Timberframe construction provides a wonderful beginning to create a warm, friendly atmosphere while responding to a unique set of interior designs and challenges. When the decor and the construction join together to establish a fully integrated look, the result is breathtaking. —Book Description from Amazon
Thirty floor plans along with tips from some of the field’s premier builders and designers will enable you to incorporate the art of a centuries-old building craft into your home. Elegant in its simplicity and immensely strong for its fewer parts, a timberframe home is a thing of beauty, designed as much for its pleasing symmetry as for its strength and longevity. The TIMBERFRAME PLAN BOOK is a hands-on guide to choosing the floor plan for the home of your dreams. —Book Description from Amazon
The Tedd Benson Collection
If you’ve been in an old barn and marveled at the great beams and posts, then you know what a timber frame is….BUILDING THE TIMBER FRAME HOUSE…is a brilliant book on two levels, as a history and philosophical raison d’etre of timber-frame construction…and [as] a no-nonsense, how-to guide. —Boston Globe
Instructions are so complete that if you have (or can command) basic carpentry skills, this could be your sole house-building source. —Building and Remodeling
The nearly forgotten art of timber-frame construction is again flourishing, due largely to the interest of designer-builders like Benson and, ironically, to the general availability of high-tech building materials such as stress-skin panels used to envelope the skeleton. Benson integrates a reverence for the beauty and integrity of this ancient building craft with an appreciation (and explication) of contemporary building concepts that make the timber-frame a feasible alternative to the normal stud-frame house. This handsome book, with line drawings and photos amplifying the text, is recommended for collections serving architects, designer-builders, and those with an interest in contemporary building arts. — Library Journal
In his third book, Tedd Benson delineates two dozen timber-frame projects of various sizes and styles. With 400 full-color photographs and dozens of line drawings, images are more prominent than text. The effect is nearly overwhelming, but it is leavened by an introduction from Norm Abram, the master carpenter of This Old House and New Yankee Workshop. Essential for woodworking collections. This may even find a place in art collections. — Library Journal
The Sarah Susanka Collection
Architect Susanka believes that the large homes being built today place too much emphasis on square footage rather than on current lifestyles. Here she shows how homes can be designed to feature “adaptable spaces open to one another, designed for everyday use.” She describes how to examine occupants’ lifestyles, how to incorporate the kitchen as the focal point of the home, how to give the illusion of space, and how, with storage, lighting, and furniture arrangement, a smaller home can be comfortably livable. Photographs of contemporary homes as well as those by Frank Lloyd Wright and other modern architects illustrate Susanka’s ideas and show the timelessness of the style she advocates. This thought-provoking book will be a good addition to architectural and interior design collections. —Library Journal
Sarah Susanka has a not-so-insignificant idea in CREATING THE NOT SO BIG HOUSE. She contrasts the glamorous, glossy-photo house plans of vaulted ceilings and palatial living rooms with the livable, day-to-day pleasure of cozy window seats and comfortable breakfast nooks, and her conclusion is resonating with families across the country: bigger but shoddier isn’t better than smaller and well made. Descriptors like “spacious” and “expansive” fill the real-estate promos, but Susanka seeks the elusive yet affordable qualities that turn a house into a home. And she provides more than mere ideals around which to rally. She selected 25 house designs, from a southwestern adobe to a Minnesota farmhouse to a New York apartment to a Rhode Island summer cottage, and she profiles each home in great and well-illustrated detail.
Whether you’re in the market for a new house, want pragmatic renovation ideas, or are interested in the concept of space-saving abodes from a city-planning, philosophical perspective, Susanka’s book is an eye-opener and a mind-expander, providing conceptual and practical tools to assist you in planning your own livable home.
—Stephanie Gold, from Amazon
A compilation of articles from the last ten years of Fine Homebuilding magazine, this attractive volume reflects the full-scale revival of the timber-framer’s craft as applied to house construction. More than half the 30 or so articles document the design and construction of specific houses, and the remainder survey the latest methods and materials. Included are such topics as milling timbers, cutting and forming various joints, hoisting impossibly heavy frame members, and working with stress-skin building panels and other product innovations. An important addition for any library serving designers, architects, or builders (professional and amateur alike). —Bill Demo, from Library Journal
Timber construction is one of the most prevalent methods of constructing buildings in North America and an increasingly significant method of construction in Europe and the rest of the world. TIMBER ENGINEERING deals not only with the structural aspects of timber construction, structural components, joints and systems based on solid timber and engineered wood products, but also material behaviour and properties on a wood element level. Produced by internationally renowned experts in the field, this book represents the state of the art in research on the understanding of the material behaviour of solid wood and engineered wood products. — Book Description from Amazon
54 pages, including numerous drawings and photographs
This illustrated catalog discusses the joinery in American traditional timber-framed buildings of the past, showing common examples with variations as well as interesting regional deviations. It was written and drawn by architect and timber framer Jack Sobon under a grant from the National Park Service and the National Center for Preservation Technology, and appeared previously in a series of six articles in the Guild’s quarterly journal, Timber Framing. Guild Publications Director Ken Rower has here assembled the articles into a compendium that includes a bibliography and index to joints and useful terms.