Frequently Asked Questions
What does Oregon Timber Frame provide?
- Assistance to custom design your home, or access to hundreds of floor plans and information on building materials.
- Complimentary site evaluation at your land to aid with design and siting of your home.
- Introduction to competent builders and timber framers who are familiar with timber frame construction.
- Continuous involvement throughout the construction process, that includes inventorying of materials on delivery day and being on site to answer questions and follow up on concerns while your contractor raises the timber package.
Oregon Timber Frame is an Independent Representative for Davis Frame Company.
What does Davis Frame provide?
- Complete design services which include preparation of a full set of construction drawings.
- A wide selection of materials for constructing your home; e.g., timbers and structural insulated panels for the roof and exterior walls, windows, timber stairs, exterior doors, exterior siding and trim, and complete roof systems.
- Local materials that allow lower shipping costs and quicker turn around times.
Why choose Davis Frame Company?
- Experience in designing and building timber frame homes for almost 30 years, which gives you the confidence Davis Frame will stand behind its product.
- By having local reps, Davis Frame can ensure close contact with customer needs and expectations to make sure you get what you want.
- Locally-available materials that cut down the cost of transportation.
What does it cost per square foot to build a timber frame home?
Typically, the ‘turn-key’ price to build a timber frame home is $200-$250/sq.ft. The actual price will depend on the final design and the materials and finishes selected for the home.
Should I expect to pay a premium for a timber frame home?
The cost to construct a timber frame home is comparable to a stick-built home. The price of timbers and SIPs is generally greater, yet the time to construct the timbers and SIPs should be considerably less, thereby saving on labor costs. Only a few weeks are needed to raise the timbers and SIPs, thereby allowing the interior of the home to be protected from the weather.
Why are timber frame homes so energy efficient?
- Timber frame homes use SIP wall and roof panels, which are vastly more energy efficient, stronger, quieter, and more draft free than other building systems that use stud framing with fiberglass insulation.
- SIPs are made of rigid insulation as a solid component to eliminate air movement. Less air leakage means fewer drafts, less noise, lower energy bills, and a much more comfortable indoor environment.
- SIPs are fabricated without wall studs, thereby eliminating thermal bridging and providing the highest R-values.
How long does it take to build a timber frame home?
Overall construction time varies from 5 to 12 months based on the complexity of the building site and home design. The time to weather-tight the timbers and SIPs should be 2-5 weeks depending on the size of the home, which is typically less than half the time required for stick-built construction.
The OTF model timber frame on our website is 2850 sq.ft. and took 7 months from excavation to completion, with less than 3 weeks to raise the timber frame and SIPS.
How do I get my house designed?
- OTF can help you with design by meeting you at your site, and converting your ideas, or preferred floor plan into you timber home.
- Davis Frame can produce construction drawings by beginning with preliminary sketches that are developed into final design with customer review.
- Davis Frame produces a complete set of construction drawings that can be used for permitting and constructing your home.
How can OTF help you get a highly energy-efficient ‘green’ home?
- By suggesting home placement that maximizes passive solar performance.
- By identifying high R-value walls and roof system, e.g., various types of SIPs.
- By identifying window size, placement, and type to provide maximum energy savings.
- By identifying types and sources of reclaimed or recycled materials for use in construction of the finished home.
- By identifying the benefit from using alternative energy sources, LED, compact fluorescent lights, and Energy Star appliances.
Our Oregon Timber Frame Model Home
We would love to invite you to come by and tour our home and see the best in Timber Frame construction with "off-the-grid" living and sustainable building practices! Our Sisters, Oregon timber frame home relies on the sun to provide for all its electriciy, heat and domestic hot water needs using both “active” (panels) and "passive" solar design.
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Our Oregon Timber Frame Model Home
We would love to invite you to come by and tour our home and see the best in Timber Frame construction with "off-the-grid" living and sustainable building practices! Our Sisters, Oregon timber frame home relies on the sun to provide for all its electricity, heat and domestic hot water needs using both "active" (panels) and "passive" solar design.