The classic timber-framed house is attractive, affordable, and easily expanded to meet the needs of a growing family. With the step-by-step instructions in this book you can build your own timber-framed house -- one that features a level of craftsmanship rare in modern construction. Following the traditional "hall-and-parlor" home design, architect and builder Jack Sobon carefully and clearly explains how to find the ideal building site; create a master plan; select the best tree species; hew and mill timbers; assemble the frame; install wall sheathing, windows, and doors; design and finish the interior; and expand on the plan. The basic design is easly adapted to meet different needs.
One of the best-known and most distinctive figures in the timber-framing revival, Jack Sobon knows how to make home building affordable by using economical hand tools, taking control of the processing of building materials, and using inexpensive local supplies. His practice advice includes the latest knowledge on building a healthy house, integrating natural systems into the design, and finding effective home heating solutions.
Currently a self-employed architect and builder of timber-framed buildings, co-author Jack A. Sobon holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has also worked on barn moving and restoration for Richard W. Babcock, Inc. Jack has written Storey's Build a Classic Timber-Framed House. He has also been published in the Fine Homebuilding magazine. Jack, born in Adams, Massachusetts, is married and has a daughter. He has also co-authored Storey's Timber Frame Construction with Roger Schroeder, which is now in its twelfth printing, with nearly 50,000 copies in print. Their book has received praise from such publications as Popular Science: "A sprightly manual on post-and-beam building techniques, well-illustrated with sketches and photos. A tribute to joinery skills of that era before home building changed from a craft to an industry, this book will inspire you to tackle the tool shed for which plans are provided."read more