Andrew Michler

Handcrafted OakBridge Timber Frame Addition Revitalizes 150-Year-Old Cabin

by , 06/19/12

log cabin, timber frame, green building, SIPs, Amish home, traditional building

Timber framing is one of the oldest still-used building techniques for the simple reason that it is an efficient and elegant use of materials. Unlike most timber framers in the states, OakBridge does most of their cutting and assembly by hand. The result is very tight joinery which is very strong and durable without the need for steel fasteners. The Jenkins Home started as a 150 year old log cabin which was refurbished – a new two-story addition and breezeway updates the home but does not detract from its original feel.

Like most timber frame homes, the structure is fully exposed on the interior, enhanced by the open floor plan and loft—making for a generous living space. The one great leap in technology is the use of structural insulated panels or SIPs. The  sandwiched foam and plywood panels wrap the home and reduce thermal bridging while providing high insulation values.

Barn door louvers cover the southern windows, cutting heat gain in the summer and giving the façade another practical link to the past — when residents could not depend on air conditioning to keep a building cool.

+ OakBridge Timber Framing

Photos © OakBridge

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