I am a novice timber framer in Central Ohio (I have 3 structures under my belt, along with a current 1200 sq. ft. cabin mid construction) that is planning to begin construction of my families future home this summer/fall...My current design is basically a log/timber framed structure approx. 20'x36', 2 story, with a sod roof and earthen floor. I would like to do a form of the raised earth foundations that Jay has advocated for in other posts.
My main struggle is that I want to keep the floor the same level as grade... I do not want it raised..I want the floor and the surrounding ground outside my front door to be all but seamless if possible...
Jay, (or anyone else), could I realistically do a raised earth-style foundation without it being raised?
Mainly this would be for its insulative affect that the wood would have compared to using stone to surround the floor. Would it be as simple as using gravel between the sill plates and the surrounding earth?
Is it just not worth it to have the timbers below grade for the added insulating affect they will have anyways? Am I stupid for not just raising the darn thing off the ground like Jay's postings have illustrated haha?
but nothing consistently big and straight enough to build the entire house out of the same species (something I have been told to stick to, and seems logical because of shrinking rates).
have you seen 200 yr old cottonwood houses? Or am I giving up on log construction too fast?
I had convinced myself that these would still be an acceptable choice as long as I had good "feet" (most likely raised haha) and a good wide "hat".
Would I be doomed to using metal lathe, caulk and cement mortar?
Our other building style besides the obvious stick building is timber framing. As a novice professional timber framer it would be logical to go that route, but I do not like the uninsulated traditional style around here with the lathe and plaster and such.