White Oak Timber Frame

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This White Oak timber frame embodies a common theme in hybrid homes: the public spaces, such as kitchen, great room, dining room and porches are timber frame construction. The private spaces, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, are built using conventional methods. This lowers building costs while giving you all of the advantages of timber frame construction.

White Oak Timber Frame Project Credits

Timber Frame Builder: MoreSun ​Timber Frames

Design: Whetstone Designs

Photographs: Steve Bracci Photograpy

timber frame foyer

Timber frame construction starts with the entry & foyer .

timber framed dining room

Timber framed dining room opens to the great room.

White Oak was chosen for the custom home's timber frame. Resistance to decay is one of the attributes of this species and its dense grain allows it to carry a larger load per timber size than many other species. White Oak does have a high shrinkage rate, causing gaps in the frame's joints, which has a visual but not a structural impact.

The homeowners chose Spalted Poplar for the tongue & groove ceilings in several rooms. Spalting is a form of wood coloration caused by fungi. The supplier's process begins by cutting down trees and burying them for a period of time. He then digs the trees up and mills them, resulting in the wood's beautifully unique colors and patterns.

timber frame - window
timber framed great room
timber frame detail

White Oak timber frames the great room, featuring  Spalted Poplar T&G.

timber framed keeping room
timber framed keeping room open to kitchen

The Keeping Room is open to the kitchen, as was traditional in colonial times.

timber framed open concept kitchen
timber framed kitchen

The kitchen is centrally located and offers easy access to the other public spaces in this home.

timber frame front entry
timber frame entry

The White Oak timber frame greets you at the home's front entrance, offering hints of what lies inside!

white oak timber frame
timber frame back view
timber frame - patio
timber framed covered porch

Plenty of outdoor living space is available here. From covered porches to open patios, enhanced by a burbling creek, this custom home invites you to relax and enjoy nature with your friends and family.