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Everything You Need to Know About Wood Framing

Across much of the USA, wood framing is the preferred choice for residential construction. Here’s a quick guide to the benefits of wood framing and how to choose quality materials for your home construction, from a NJ residential architect.

  • Why Is Wood Frame Construction So Popular?
  • Natural: 

Timber is one of the oldest natural building materials. It ages well, is non-toxic, doesn’t leak volatile organic compounds, and it’s safe to work with.

  • Eco-Friendly: 

Timber framing sourced from sustainable forests is very eco-friendly. In fact, most timber suppliers have policies in place to plant more trees than are felled for construction. You can also buy it locally, so there’s no carbon impact because of long-distance transportation.

  • Low Labor Costs and Easy to Work With: 

Because timber is so light and easy to work with, there’s a lower building cost involved. Timber frames can easily be constructed on or off-site and moved into place without the use of cranes or heavy equipment. This keeps construction costs affordable and speeds up the building process.

  • Versatile: 

Timber is a very versatile medium and it can be crafted to suit any type of home design or architectural style. Whichever architectural style or feature you would like to see in your home, timber can achieve it safely, reliably, and at a minimal cost.

  • Importance of Choosing High-Quality Timber Framing

Because timber is a natural product, there is variation in terms of quality depending on the species or even the particular tree. It’s important to ensure that your home construction is utilizing high-quality timber boards that are solid, straight, and durable.

  • Quality framing forms the foundation of much of the structure of your home and impacts the final result. If the framing is crooked, you’ll have to spend more to get the sheathing right and float the drywall so that your home’s interior walls are straight. It can affect exterior siding, baseboards and crown moldings, tiles, and even flooring. Essentially, this frame is a foundation. So, get it straight and true and everything else will fall into place.
  • When framing is crooked or of poor quality, it makes it difficult to connect corners properly. Even if you are using a talented carpenter, there’s only so much they can do. This means work will take longer and often unavoidably be lower quality, which compromises structural integrity.
  • It affects your home’s services too. Electricians and plumbers have to run their services through your timber framing. Crooked framing means this job is more difficult and time-consuming. It can even mean having to cut through your framing so that pipes can fit properly. The Building Code places limits on how much can be cut out of a frame, which can mean you have to replace parts of your frame to accommodate these services.

Let New Jersey Architects Put the Quality of Your Home First

The firm of Seth A. Leeb is a full-service residential and commercial architectural firm. We have considerable experience working on large and small residential projects, including remodeling, extensions, and new builds. 

Our New Jersey architects consider designing and building your project as a privilege, and we’ll work with you to make the process as smooth and rewarding as possible. For more information on our services as home architects and to speak to a residential architect in NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://leeb-architecture.com/