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Texas Timber Frames
Building for the Future Using a Craft from the Past
| San Antonio, Texas | February 2012

Harkening back to days when homes were built to withstand the test of time and carpentry was a craft, Texas Timber Frames is a front-runner in merging a centuries-old craft and art form with modern-day precision.

Utilizing heavy timbers to construct buildings of distinguished character and beauty, Texas Timber Frames has been creating magnificent structures since 1988.

Jon and Nancy Nystrom from Boerne can attest to the quality of the workmanship, and are quick to point out the skill with which the craftsman at Texas Timber Frames use to build trusses and the careful and precise manner in which joists are brought together.

Unlike traditional stick-built construction where everything is hidden, timber framers expose their materials and craftsmanship. They only use solid wood timbers in a variety of species, including Douglas fir, red/white oak, pine, Port Orford cedar, and aromatic eastern red cedar.

Each mortise-and-tenon joint is precision-machined and then carefully hand-fitted. Hardwood pegs are driven through each joint to set it in place and keep it tight. Authentic timber frame structures don’t use metal lag bolts or plates to join structural members togetherº. They consider every wood joint to be a union of craftsmanship and material, a functional work of art that is meant to viewed and admired.

The Nystroms, who returned to Texas after more than 20 years in Connecticut, were eager to build a home that was eco-friendly. Texas Timber Frames was highly recommended and the collaboration turned out to be the perfect fit for what the Nystroms were looking for in their dream home.

Not only are Texas Timber Frames homes structures that will last for generations, but they are also a choice to support responsibly harvested timber, efficient construction methods, and energy conservation.

Surprisingly, Texas Timber Frames uses less total wood than a standard 2”x 4” stick-built home. There is also much less waste created during the construction process to either burn or haul to the local landfill.

The use of SIP’s (Structural Insulated Panels) is a great alternative to common fiberglass or blown-in insulation, offering many benefits. You get structural, thermal, and reduced air infiltration advantages, as compared to any other conventional wall system. SIP’s are made by sandwiching expanded polystyrene between two layers of oriented strand board (OSB), which is both moisture resistant and structurally sound. The resulting panel is very strong, air tight, and easy to install! They use SIP’s to form an unbroken barrier around the exterior walls and roof of your timber frame home, protecting you and your home from the elements.

Jon Nystrom says that by using SIP’s, he has been able to use less electricity to warm and cool his home, and the temperature is more constant.

Texas Timber Frames has over 20 years of experience crafting some of the most beautiful timber work in the region. They empower clients by providing the expertise to incorporate the perfect timber frame, truss, or timber components package in their next project. Texas Timber Frames can execute your vision and assist in creating a truly incredible and timeless structure.

Texas Timber Frames uses state-of-the-art design software; their CAD department has the ability to take an idea and make it come to life while interacting accurately and efficiently with other building components.

They can source and fabricate almost any species of responsibly harvested timber. In addition, Texas Timber Frames is the industry leader in aged and distressed timber, shipping all over the nation. They can take new wood and make it look hundreds of years old, achieving the aesthetic of a reclaimed or restored structure at the fraction of the cost. They are a perfect way to incorporate old world texture within a contemporary, open floor plan.

At Texas Timber Frames, they take pride in their customer service as much as they do their timber fabrication. Their ability to work within a team to execute an idea from inception to the final beam is unmatched. They are ready for your next amazing project; contact them today at 210-698-6156 or 877-680-1680. Visit www.texastimberframes.com to request a catalogue.

Photos courtesy Texas Timber Frames.

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The Texas Hill Country, sun splashed hills rolling into the distance, is home to historic towns bursting with character, personalities, and great things to do.
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