New member here,
Before I start on my own escapade I must say that in the few months Iíve been searching on this forum before joining I have been very impressed. Lots of good information and not a lot of banter. My kind of people. Thank you. Now some background before I start asking questionsÖ
My wife and I are going to be building a home in the spring and while we wonít be building the frame we will be helping out and doing much of the other work ourselves. We are a young couple on a budget but highly motivated to do what it takes to get what we want. We have been working with a local one-man timber framer since April designing a frame and modifying our floor plan to work with this style of building. So far we have learned A LOT. Up until now we have been doing our best to get accurate quotes/ prices so that we can stay close to our budget. Many days have been spent at the local lumber yard explaining things and digging through catalogs, shelves, etc. About a week ago we had to bite the bullet and write a check for timber to be cut so that it could start drying. So we are starting to see the darkness at the beginning of the tunnel.
About our design:
26í x 36í. Four bents with three bays. Shed dormer on both sides of the roof in the center bay only. One for the master bathroom and another to get some high windows to let light in out of the south. The frame will be a mixture of white oak (due to strength needs) and rough sawn white pine. Full basement (unfinished), main floor, and loft with master bedroom and bathroom. We are planning on using polyurethane SIPs panels for the roof and walls.
I have quite a few questions:
Does anyone have any pictures of a mixed oak and pine frame? We would like to just see the color contrast between the two. Iím not worried, my wife is a little bit.
What have others used to protect the interior timbers? I am thinking a good varnish on the oak, Iím just not sure about the rough sawn pine. Is there some kind of oil we could use on the frame? Spray on or brush on? Apply this winter/spring before the frame is raised or after?
Any thoughts, feelings, or recommendations on using the SIPs panels?
Recommendations for a good UV resistant stain for the timber frame brackets in our gable ends?
I realize I havenít given a lot of info about our frame but Iím going to save that for another post as this one has gotten a bit lengthy.
Thanks in advance,