In building timber frame houses, homeowners need the help of professionals when it comes to the design and planning of the house kit. Before the timber frame construction is even started, homeowners usually already have an idea of what they want the finished product to look like. After all, we all grew up having ideas of what our “dream house” is, and even though some details may have changed over the years, it’s still true that we already have grand visions in head. The problem with these “grand vision” is that it has to be corroborated by the professionals – timber frame professionals who are familiar with the architecture and engineering of timber frame house kits and the timber frame joints. It’s true that our homes should look beautiful, like those homes we’ve always dreamed of. But even more important than looking beautiful is being sturdy and safe. Homes are supposed to provide shelter to our families. We don’t want them crashing on our heads because someone forget to check the structural viability of it. This is the precise reason why structural timber frame engineers are needed in building timber frame houses. The question is where do we find these engineers?
Structural engineers are usually involved in the construction process specifying the timber frame construction details, because your contractor will usually have an in-house or an affiliated structural engineer to check the viability of the structure. Timber engineers are pretty easy to find. Your contractor will be able to refer to you a lot of engineers because they operate in the same industry, and these contractors usually have affiliate engineers that they’ve worked with many times before. You can look at your local listings and look for a structural engineer near your construction site, or even go online to look for a structural engineer through the internet. You’ll be surprised at how complete internet listings of certified engineers can be.
The bottom line is that it’s not really hard to look for a structural engineer to help you with your timber frame house kit and plans. It is advisable though to keep it within the team and go for someone who knows your architect or contractor well and who has been there from the beginning. Timber house construction, more than anything, is a collaborative process. It’s important to get all the pieces of the puzzle together to ens