Jay C. White Cloud wrote:Hi Sarah,
I will try to be as helpful as I can along your adventure in timber framing...
I posted a Simple Timber Frame today for folks like yourself.
... I love that stone plinth foundation in lieu of sill plates and a wooden floor like the designs I've looked at so far. Seems like it would be a lot easier to incorporate adequate thermal mass for a passive solar design that way. I'm guessing it's probably going to be a pavilion in this case. If you were going to enclose it would you build a masonry wall between the plinths and raise the interior floor level to match?
(the nearly beloved is a trained archaeologist who's more than passing fond of all things Medieval British Isles)
I am a bit unevenly yoked as to the how to build this house, my husband is the "get it up quick" type using round poles up to Floor level and then modular panels to put the house together-lots of threaded rod and nails- finished off with tongue and groove cladding!
I would love to build with morticed joints-hope I'm using the correct term and not showing my ignorance!
The other thing we disagree on is size. I'm plumbing for a 6m x 10m structure while he's wanting 10m x 12m. Although we are very hands on, not shy of hard work, historically have worked with no power tools, tractors etc, I just don't think we have the skills to take on a such a large project first time.
I'm all for building it if someone can say "yes, using such and such a method, 2 amateurs given time can achieve this using block & tackle/pulleys and basic hand tools.
What do you think of the idea of workshop/parking on the lower level? Will the structure withstand winds if it is top heavy? The idea is to have gates between the posts making a secure unit where we can keep all our assets contained in one space, no outlying buildings.
Any chance of explaining the difference between linear and scribe and european/asian building techniques? Or a referral to another post would be just as helpful.