Timber frame construction, or post-and-beam building, is beautiful and often less expensive than the alternatives. Whether you are building a home yourself or hiring a builder, here is everything you need to know. Sobon explains how to design for both strength and beauty and includes a starter project.
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