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We're Building a World of Possibilities with Timber

Timber is a valuable, versatile material that can be used in various creative ways. The possibilities are nearly endless! How could we use timber for your next project? Keep reading to learn more about our variety of past building projects. Use any of the below categories as inspiration for your building plans! Pavilions Have you ever considered adding a pavilion to your yard or commercial building? These structures are excellent at keeping the sun out of our eyes and providing a place to host events, have meals together, and enjoy the outdoors. Displays You may have never thought about hiring a timber contractor for a display in your shop. However, we can utilize timber for all your heavy-weight projects. Consider a timber display when you want to keep your collections safely away from customers. Barns Timber barns are some of the most beautiful and delicate structures we create and are multi-functional. Use your new barn for weddings, graduation parties,
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Trusses vs. Rafters: The Timber Difference

Timber trusses are durable structures used for residential and commercial businesses alike. Both trusses and rafters are structural elements used for the foundation of the home, and they both offer protection and durability. However, structurally and materially, they are a bit different. Here's how: Rafters are usually wider Because trusses are manufactured off-site, they are made of a different material and are smaller, so typically there will be more trusses in comparison to rafters. Rafters are made on-site, so they are able to be made larger to fit whatever structure is needed. Rafters are used for larger projects to provide more open space. However, manufactured pieces are not necessarily bad. Some trusses, like those at Hickory Circle Construction, can be custom-made as well, and are usually less expensive than rafters. Also, because they are not constructed on-site, and instead at the manufacture site with all of the required machinery and material available, t

Is Timber Really Timeless?

Will the advantages of timber homes and timber framing last forever? Wood structures have been around for ages. Timber framing, specifically, is the oldest form of wood construction: The oldest timber frame building was built around 690 AD, and is still standing in Japan today! However, in the age of modern technology, you might be wondering: will wood go out of style?  Our guess is no. Since the creation of wooden homes, new housing materials have taken the market by storms, such as brick, cement, and vinyl options. However, so far, timber products have stood the test of time. Why is this?  Speed A wooden house is much easier to build in a time crunch in comparison to heavier materials like cement and brick. These materials are harder to transport, which takes away from building time. In contrast, timber frames can be made off-site, and wood is easily mobilized. This shortens the time span of development by weeks.  Renewability  Wood is a very abundant and available resource in many p

Why Timber Products Keep You Warm

Timber framing provides not only a warm visual but a warmth you can feel, too. Have you ever wondered why log cabins are the home of choice in cold, mountainous areas? Timber products surely take precedence in these locations over concrete materials, but why? What's the appeal? The answer is simple: wood is excellent at keeping you warm and comfortable, even as a frame. Here's why:  Wood products, such as logs, absorb heat during the day and release it at night during temperature changes. Timber is great at adapting to humidity and weather fluctuations. It is true that when it is dry it can lose its insulation properties. However, its versatility allows it to adapt to and absorb moist conditions. So if you live somewhere that emits plenty of moisture in the air, like Ohio, this likely won't be a problem (this is why log cabins are perfect for mountain areas, where the weather is changing all the time). And, if you're considering only timber frames, you will still benefi

The Beauty of Timber Framing

 Why Should You Choose Timber? At Hickory Circle Construction, we specialize in timber construction. Not only do we make homes beautiful with our timber services, but we also offer services for residential homes or commercial buildings. Now, you are probably wondering why we push using timber as our primary material. We do this because it is natural, sustainable, and environmentally friendly during a time of environmental hardships. As you may have seen, timber is absolutely stunning and proves to be an excellent choice for constructing a physical work of art. It is also more structurally efficient when looking for the safest option for building. This type of building material is beneficial to the consumer because it has fire-resistant properties and has natural ventilation elements. This proves it to be better for you in the long run because it will save you money on heating and cooling costs. Timber is also beneficial because it is naturally long and slender; this makes it perfect fo

Timber Wood Frame Home

Timber framing is a very common and traditional style of construction. This is where a structure is framed with crafted heavy timber as opposed to mass-produced thinner, dimensional lumber. The look of a timber frame is easy to identify — it offers an exposed wood appearance, often with minimal finishing. Hickory Circle offers both hands sawed or planned finishes to the client’s preference. The most popular and common types of wood for timber wood framing are:  Oake Pine Cedar  Douglas Fir  So, What are the differences between timber framing and conventionally built homes, log homes, and post and beam houses? Timber homes are complete structures made of heavy timber vertical posts supporting horizontal beams. These form cross-sections called bents, and multiple bents create bays. Conventionally built homes are framed with smaller dimensional lumber that is readily available at the lumberyards. Because the materials are smaller, load-bearing walls must be incorporated into the design to

Why a Wooden Cabin Should Be Your Next Vacation Project in 2022

      Homes that implement timber wood as part of their design and frame are stunning. Have you ever stayed in a log cabin in Tennessee and found yourself wishing the vacation would never end? Those types of vacation homes bring warmth, peace, and charm that steel buildings and traditional homes don’t have. Those are typically timber frame homes. If you’re thinking about a log cabin or lodge project, Hickory Circle can help you make your dream come true! We provide custom timber framing and trusses; your next property will have the strength and support it needs in a style that best suits your design ideas! And if you’re not considering a wooden project, here’s why you should: Wooden structures provide a unique place to lodge for your next vacation. Divergence from traditional buildings gives you a change of scenery that’s often relaxing and therapeutic. Wood is known to have psychological effects. It helps promote calmness and stress recovery and reminds us of nature. For this reason,