Half timbering and timber framing
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† † The technique of half-timbering was used
in Europe until the end of the 19th century.
Thereafter with the mechanisation of the
sawmills it became more economic to use
small and straight wood sections.
We are reviving the half-timbering method
because of its aesthetic and environmental
appeal using current technology. :
The wood we used in our constructions is
hewed with a machine specially designed for
this particular work and which contrary to
sawing, doesnít cut the wood fibres. That is
why the wood doesnít lose its shape and
each piece is unique.
We also developed special CAD software which†††††††† †††††† Drawing of a millís extension.
is able to take into account the irregular shape
of the wood so itís possible to use non straight
pieces in half-timbering constructions.
Building site of an extension.
www.le-poudrier.com††††††††††† constructed in 2009
Now, it is possible to use this constructive mode for new buildings
as well as for extensions of existing ones.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Drawing of a partition wall.
Frequently Asked Questions (details often asked):
-What kind of material is used to fill between the wall timbers? For an annex, we can use hemp concrete. For a dwelling, we can use bricks lined with inner insulation.
- Is a special treatment of the wood needed? No, it is not necessary to treat the wood (chestnut) but wood stain can be applied for aesthetic reasons.
-Does the wood change colour with time? Yes, the colour of wood naturally changes with the exposure to light. It turns to a slightly silver grey.
-Is the frame made only of heart wood? The hewing carried out leaves some sapwood traces in the timberís angles. If needed we can remove it.