Within in the next 10-years, my wife and I would like to replace the old modular home on our property with a new house. I've been having some discussions with a friend of mine who is a huge fan of timber frame construction. Looking at examples of well-done timber frames, I have to agree with him when it comes to the aesthetic appeal of the exposed timbers. He has touted some of the benefits of timber framing to be (not an extensive list):
- Speed of construction.
- Squareness of resulting frame (I suspect a well-done platform frame can be quite square as well)
- Aesthetic (personal taste I guess)
- Cost of materials
- Cost of labor (takes more skilled labor, but goes up quickly)
He touts it as an ideal framing method for non-developer building (i.e.- for building your home.. it wont scale well to a developer putting up hundreds of houses). When I asked him what the drawbacks would be, the only things he could think of were:
- finding a good crew to do the framing, and
- sourcing the timbers can take some time.
Neither of these issues would be a deal breaker for me as I have plenty of time, and he is connected with some very good framers. So, my question (perhaps too open ended) are: what advantages and disadvantages am I missing?