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Post and beam construction is different than both conventional stick framing and structural steel framing. It presents its own set of unique possibilities and limitations. While every project is unique in location and structural design requirements, we can offer general guidelines. This page is dedicated to just that – helping our clients gain a basic understanding of timber frame engineering. Ask your question!

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Where Does The Insulation Go in a Timber Frame Garage?

Where Does The Insulation Go in a Timber Frame Garage?

Answered by Caitlin on November 17, 2017

My name is Shannon and I am just a house designer/draftsperson in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. I found your blog […]

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How Will Timber Work If I do Insulated Concrete Forms For The Walls?

How Will Timber Work If I do Insulated Concrete Forms For The Walls?

Answered by Doug Friant on February 22, 2017

We are currently trying to design a home and I really like the exposed timber look on the inside.  How […]

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What Should I Do About The 'Crack' In My Beam?

What Should I Do About The ‘Crack’ In My Beam?

Answered by Doug Friant on January 24, 2017

Shakes in an oak beam?  I an 100% sure that my beam is fine.  My wife is scared of the […]

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How Should I Join The Timber For My Trusses?

How Should I Join The Timber For My Trusses?

Answered by Margaux Friant on January 15, 2017

I am an expat living in Brazil. I am almost ready to start construction and will be using ipe for […]

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Have You Ever Built A "Round" Timber Frame Structure?

Have You Ever Built A “Round” Timber Frame Structure?

Answered by Doug Friant on December 16, 2015

I have a silo foundation that has approximately a 22′ inside diameter and approximately a 26′ outside diameter which results […]

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Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28x40 House?

Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28×40 House?

Answered by Doug Friant on October 19, 2014

Can A scissor truss be designed an put on the roof of a new house 28 feet wide  x 40 […]

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My Church Has Water Damaged Beams - Is It Safe?

My Church Has Water Damaged Beams – Is It Safe?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 01, 2014

I have an old church which I am renovating. It leaked and beams on the side that was damaged have […]

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Can Black Locust Timbers Be Used As Structural Beams?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 12, 2013

Hi. My name is Cliff Wallace & I am an architectural designer who, is currently in the preliminary planning stages […]

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Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 19, 2013

I was admiring the hammer beam truss and wondered what the span and spacing would be ? How many trusses […]

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What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a modified king post truss, and how does it work structurally?

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What is a Typical Post Base

What is a Typical Post Base

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

I am designing a timber frame porte cochere. How should I detail the post bases?

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What is a Tension Tie?

What is a Tension Tie?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a tension tie?

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