What Is Meant By Timber Framing?
Many old barns and even some homes in Ohio were framed up with hand-hewn beams shaped from hardwood trees felled on the property where the building was erected. Wood like this is not found today at the local lumber supply house. The virgin-growth timbers used in many of these early structures are a rare commodity.
When we find a timber frame building in disrepair that cannot be restored for use where it stands, we want to carefully number every piece, dismantle and save the timbers to re-erect somewhere else in the creation of a new and different home, barn, or business.
Here we are painstakingly salvaging the Harmon M. Longsdorf barn, built in 1857 and signed by the builder! Truly unique. This barn’s timbers have been carefully marked for reassembly and stored away for a future project. Have something in mind?
GreenTech Construction recycles and repurposes timber frames like that in the Longsdorf barn above. An example of the repurposing of a barn to form core structural and decorative elements can be seen in the modern SIP home below, where the new SIP envelope is wrapped around a sturdy salvaged timber frame barn. This barn was discovered in Waynesville, Ohio. It was first erected in 1828, and was transported to Delaware County where it found new life in 2000.
A perfectly respectful marriage of old and new, we would say, and a precious resource saved for generations to come.