The newest project for Black Canyon Builders is a hybrid timber frame and stick built home. It’s an intriguing and complex project, as we’re actually renovating some of the existing space and creating an entirely new space by connecting a two-story timber frame and SIPs addition onto the existing home.
There are a lot of reasons to consider a hybrid timber frame/stick built home.
Remodel: Don’t rule out your dreams of living in a timber frame home just because you’re remodeling or adding onto an existing stick built home. Since a timber frame is freestanding, there is a lot of flexibility for adding on square footage without significant disruption to existing framing.
It can be tempting to include the aesthetics of a timber frame in a remodeled room (or addition) without fully integrating the comprehensive construction techniques. I would never argue against the warmth and beauty of an exposed post and beam look.
If possible, however, I highly encourage the homeowner to consider full SIPs panel construction for any additional square footage. There are two primary benefits for an addition. First, a timber frame with SIPs panels opens up the full flexibility of design, so a remodel can take advantage of a previously overlooked view or change the flow of traffic in the home. Second, the energy efficiency benefits are substantial.
Energy Efficiency: A full timber frame home uses 30-70% less energy to heat than a conventional stick built home. A hybrid home won’t yield the same high level of energy savings, but efficiency will definitely be increased.
Cost: For all its benefits, timber frame construction is more expensive than conventional construction. A hybrid timber frame/stick built home or addition to an existing home can achieve the heritage and beauty of a timber frame, without going over budget.
Check out Timber Home Living online for inspiration: http://www.timberhomeliving.com/category/timber-home-floor-plans/mixed-media-hybrid-timber-frame-house-plans/.