The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing Review

The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing: 7 Unique Post & Beam Styles to Accentuate Any Design Theme

By Bert Sarkkinen

I received a free copy of The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hybrid Timber Framing has experienced a massive resurgence in modern architecture. The potential for gorgeous personalized design is unmatched. Hybrid Timber Framing done wrong, however, can create ugly imbalance and detract from the overall look and feel. Done right, it goes so far beyond the initial investment, the value is hard to overstate.

The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing explores the link between traditional craftsmanship, with current building styles such as “Craftsman”, “Rustic”, “Modern” and beyond. It is a must-read for Owners, Designers, and Builders who want to influence the look and feel of their project using exposed beam construction. It is rich with ideas, imagery, and instruction to jump start your inspiration and planning.

Naturally, timbers and exposed beams have outsized impact on the aesthetics of building projects. Adding timbers without weighing the structural and aesthetic impacts can magnify any awkward imbalances; proceeding without addressing these important considerations is very risky.

While this is not a technical manual, you will learn how to avoid expensive pitfalls and understand the diverse timber styles showcased in this book. This will help you better communicate your ideas, achieve an enjoyable building process, and maximize your probabilities of getting the right look using hybrid timber framing. This guide will help you plan and build it right the first time!

You will Discover:

• How to achieve optimized beauty by first defining ugly

• Where to draw the line with hybrid timber framing

• Seven chapters portraying diverse and unique timber styles

• How to avoid the over simplified “Hail Mary” approach

• How to accurately predict the cost of hybrid timber framing

Learn from a Master of Hybrid Timber Framing. There is absolutely no need to repeat needless mistakes. Bert Sarkkinen, the author, has explored timber framing from the perspective as a builder, a designer and a researcher. His specialty has been in matching clients’ personalities and tastes, to the ideal timber frame designs to accentuate what is unique about the clients project or theme. The book delves into these relationships between design preferences, and actual Hybrid Timber Frame applications. Structural aspects, timber sizing, the golden ratio, and design/build processes are necessary for a successful the outcome. This book is highly informative, with beautiful photography, and is like a coach in your pocket a with personal touch!

Do you like log cabins but are not willing to commit? Or does your local not suit a full wood house? Having a house that included features of wood can be hard to envisage, and even harder to pull off without the correct knowledge. The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing is a one-stop book that makes it nowhere near as daunting as you think it may be.

Separated into 3 main parts: Initiating The Vision, Depicting The Vision, and Constructing The Vision. Each of these sections are further broken down into logical steps as to how to go about your future house build or renovation.

A plethora of stunning photos of different styles of timber framing are showcased throughout, and boy they do not disappoint.

4/5

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Purchase it on Amazon here.

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