I suppose that everyone gets much of this, but I can’t emphasize enough how important a tight, well insulated shell is to your timber frame home. Even with temperatures dropping below freezing and “frost on the pumpkin”, our heat is seldom on and never comes on during the night.
SIPS (structural insulated panels) provide an enclosure for timber frames that, in my humble opinion, can’t be beat. They enclose the frame quickly and efficiently and provide long term benefits. What more can we ask for?
Our timber frame is enclosed with urethane panels. Over the years Goshen has tried other panels and enclosure methods and we keep coming back to these panels. Our experience with them and our research into the different products have made us believers in their durability, sustainability, and performance.
The walls around our new home are sound. Our small home truly shelters us from the weather.
While our home is almost a full timber frame, our mudroom is built with panels and offers the same comfort and efficiency as the rest of the enclosure. We design and build many hybrid homes with timber framing in the living areas and panelized construction for the rest of the home. A great compromise without sacrifice (well…not much sacrifice).
So, we’ll continue to enjoy our new home and to embrace energy efficient, beautiful buildings as the only way to build.