How much does it cost?
Generally speaking, timber frame construction is roughly 10-20
percent more than conventional construction, running from
approximately $150 per square foot on up, for a turn key operation.
factors that influence cost are the types of wood used and
the complexity of the frame design.
Can NWTF design my home?
Yes! NWTF can serve as an in-house consultant for the more confident
client or the do-it-yourselfer who has a pretty good idea
of what they want and how the building process works. We can
a three-dimensional computer model of your home that can
then be used to create shop drawings as well as full architectural
The model is also the basis for determining how much labor
and what materials, either from a supplier or the clients own
will be needed to complete the project. At this point NWTF
can create an estimated cost and a project budget can be formulated.
What is the best type of wood to use?
There are several species of wood that are excellent for use
in timber frame construction. However, here in the Northwest
use Douglas Fir, which is readily available and comes in a
variety of different grades. Other species can be used, depending
desired cost and appearance (oak, pine or cedar for example).
Another possibility would be recycled material, which has the
of extremely limited shrinkage as a result of drying that has
already occurred over time.
What kind of joinery do you use to hold the frame together?
Northwest Timber frame tries to stay as true as possible to
traditional mortise and tenon joints tightened with oak pegs.
times engineering calls for additional bolts or plates for
safety and code adherence.
Can NWTF build my entire
Certainly. Having been in the general contracting business
since 1991, NWTF can take you from bare land to the finished
Or anywhere in between.
Can I serve as my own general contractor?
Absolutely. We have worked with many owner/builders. If you
are a first timer at serving as your own general contractor,
might want to hire someone to guide you through some of the
of the project.
How is a timber frame enclosed?
Once the frame is raised, there are a variety of enclosure systems
that can be used to complete the construction of the walls. Our
designers at Northwest Timer Frame can be of great assistance in
helping you decide which system works best for your particular
most popular method in the industry are Structural Insulated
Panels (SIP), which can be installed to provide not only the
exterior walls but sometimes the roof/ceiling system also. SIPs are made of Expanded
Polystyrene (ESP) sandwiched by two sheets of plywood-like material
called oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs are widely used because
of their speed of assembly (they can be custom precut at the
factory) and their energy efficiency. Once the panels or other
wall enclosure systems are complete and in place, the roof and
siding can be added to make the house weather tight and the interior
work can begin.
options include conventional framing methods using standard batts
or blown in cellulose insulation, as well as natural insulating
materials such as clay, wood chips or straw.
What about the electrical and plumbing?
In the case of traditional wall framing nothing changes in a
timber frame home. If you opt to use the SIPs panels, they come
the factory with channels cut in them for the wiring. Plumbing
is run in the interior walls. Great care is taken in the design
process to ensure that allmechanical systems will work properly.
Can I see one of your completed projects?
NWTF would be more than happy to let you see first hand some of
our completed projects here on Whidbey Island.
do we get started?
can call (360) 341-1354 or email Jeff at Jeff@nwtimberframes.com to
ask more questions or to schedule a time to tour some finished