Rustic Style Timber Framing
Rustic Style: Heavy, Rugged, and Stout with a Fortress Theme
Lodge, Mountain, Chalet, Log Home, A-frame, Organic/Natural, and Western
Common Timber-Framing Characteristics:
Big, sometimes really big, timbers with relatively high timber density population.
Typically rougher detailing, shapes, and natural materials, such as hand-hewn, rough sawn, or reclaimed/salvaged beams.
You might see long hand-riven pegs protruding out at random lengths, as well as heavy, black ironwork with timber pieces moderately simple regarding profiles and joinery.
Specific things to notice are how the logs and timbers mix. While supporting the roof framing, we upsized the timbers and created joinery to capture the craftsmanship from the era.
Another thing to notice is the attention to detail not only log/timber but also with hand crafted lights and decor that preserved/highlighted the original construction. It mixes with the theme and decor of how the original craftsmen intended.
Arches are most frequently used to capture rustic elegance. Adding arches and curves can be the right thing to do to nuance, tweak and blend timber packages with overall home styles and satisfy all decision makers
Cedar logs with their dramatic root formation and taper are a popular choice when mixing organic logs and timbers. IF this is something you want, it is not an easy slam-dunk decision – you may end up searching high and low for logs in the right proportions.
With this project, the owner was a logger and found great specimens, but it meant we had to upsize everything from roof pitch, to overhangs to beam sizes, because the logs were almost too big.
In a practical sense, arches can raise knee braces to avoid head-bonking and specifically in old churches and historical buildings, create an airy, majestic feel. This raises the elegance factor, while being able to maintain large beam sizing.
A Rustic Home Floor Plan
The Huntsman Home
Rustic style is a very broad term that includes Lodge or Mountain style, Chalet, Log, A-frame, Organic/natural, and Western styles. Whether it is tall or wide, big or small, visitors are left with the impression that it is a log cabin. Many people tire of the extremely rustic décor, leaving them without the long-term satisfaction they envisioned. Important considerations for Rustic Style is to figure out how much Rustic makes sense in and urban or semi urban setting, considering the neighboring properties, resale value, and any covenant criteria.
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By choosing words that match who you are as a person, and your vision for the project, you’ll get a real designer to suggest a few styles that may fit your personality best.
When he showed us the initial SketchUp design we were very pleased. It had all the elements that we were looking for. It blended in well to our existing home. It preserved the back hard view and sunlight access. And it was a dramatic and pleasing design. The only drawback was the budget. On that issue Bert was very flexible and worked hard to get the project with in our budget. When the crew went to work we were very impressed with their skills and workmanship. They completed the project on time. We made some minor changes as the project progressed and there were no problems negotiating costs and time schedules.
In the end were very pleased and proud of the finished work. It is something we love to show off to all our friends. More importantly we are enjoying the space every day. When I get the painting done and some more landscaping I would be glad for you to come and take some pictures
Thanks again for a great project.”
Mark & Erika Halberg
Everybody worked hard to get it all done within a very reasonable amount of time. The crew got in and got out. They were very courteous. Everything turned out great. We just love the results. When anybody walks into our home their jaws drop.”
I know that for any future timber framing we have done, the first person we’ll call is Bert! Thank you Arrow for helping make my house feel like home.”
Heidi and Dean Cahoon