The Timber-Frame Home: Design Construction and Finishing

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Two decades ago, Tedd Benson helped kindle the dramatic rebirth of timer framing in this country. Today Benson and others are combining centuries-old timber-framing techniques with modern building materials to create houses that are as beautiful as they are durable and comfortable. In this book, Benson traces the history of the timber frame and tells how to create a new house in the tradition of old-world craftsmen. This new edtiion brings the latest advances in timber framing to life with hundreds of full-color ...

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Overview

Two decades ago, Tedd Benson helped kindle the dramatic rebirth of timer framing in this country. Today Benson and others are combining centuries-old timber-framing techniques with modern building materials to create houses that are as beautiful as they are durable and comfortable. In this book, Benson traces the history of the timber frame and tells how to create a new house in the tradition of old-world craftsmen. This new edtiion brings the latest advances in timber framing to life with hundreds of full-color photos and rendered drawings - all the information you need to join the timber-frame revival.

Author, teacher, and master craftsman Tedd Benson shows readers how to plan a timber-frame home to meet their own needs and concerns. Tedd Benson can be seen on the PBS series "This Old House." 97 color photographs and 140 drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

Timber Homes Illustrated
The revised and updated edition of Benson's original book (published two decades ago) is a must-have for anyone dreaming of a timber-frame home. The author shares his passion for the timeless craft of framing with detailed illustrations, history and hands-on building instructions... The book also shws you how to adapt the sturdy elegance of timber-frame constructions to the needs of modern life.
Library Journal
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 revere nce 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. Bill Demo, Tompkins Cortland Comm. Coll., Dryden, N.Y.
Booknews
Shows how to adapt timber frame construction to the needs of modern life, and includes recent developments in timber frame homebuilding from the last ten years. Discusses new joints which make frames stronger, better foundation and deck framing, and energy efficient foam core panels that insulate the homes. Also explores the structural and stylistic evolution of timber frame homes, and guides the reader through the various stages of building the home, from planning the spaces to running the wiring and plumbing. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561581290
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: 2nd Revised ed.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 532,767
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Tedd Benson is the founder and owner of a post-and-beam construction firm in New Hampshire. A builder for ten years, he has specialized in timber framing for six.

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