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5 Ways to Plan for Energy Efficiency

Mar 22, 2019

Engineers, builders, and architects know that energy codes across Canada [i] and the United States have become increasingly rigorous. Nowhere is this perhaps more true than when these codes are related to the energy efficiency requirements of a new home. While existing homes can be retrofitted to a degree, professionals and buyers in the new […]

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Top 5 Designing Tips for Green Timber Framing

Mar 08, 2019

There are a number of benefits to building a Riverbend Timber Framing home. It will be beautifully designed to reflect your lifestyle and lovingly crafted by timber artisans. It will protect you and those you care about, enduring for generations. There is, however, an additional benefit to entrusting our experienced professionals with your dream home. […]

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Timber Framing History Part IV

Oct 26, 2018

Over the past several weeks, we have been exploring the history of timber framing. From Ancient Rome to the Baby Boomers, the crescendos of timber frame building have gracefully ebbed and flowed to present times. And, while traditional techniques, such as the use of mortise and tenon joinery, remain an important standard of good craftsmanship, […]

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Timber Framing History Part III

Oct 12, 2018

This is the third article of a four-part series about the history of timber framing. For those of you currently living in the warm embrace of a timber frame home, we hope you have developed a stronger sense of the bond between your home and its relationship with the past. For readers pondering a timber […]

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Timber Framing History Part II

Sep 27, 2018
timber frame topping out ceremony

Part One of this series on the history of timber framing saw us review thousands of years of history across multiple continents. Today’s article introduces you to the history behind timber framing’s rich traditions. Still carried out today, these traditions range from ceremonies to saw marks. One thing these traditions have in common? Each appears […]

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Timber Framing History Part I

Sep 14, 2018
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This month begins our four part blog article series, “Timber Framing History.” As you contemplate designing and building your custom home, you may find yourself seeking a deeper understanding about the origins, geographical adaptation, and traditions of this ancient craft. By knowing a bit more about how timber frame building methods evolved over time, and […]

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Four Things You Should Know Before Selecting A Timber Frame Company

Aug 17, 2018
Cook County timber frame exterior entry

Selecting a timber framing company to create your dream home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Over the past 40 years, Riverbend has helped thousands of people design and build their custom timber frame homes. Read on to learn about some things you should know before selecting a timber framing company. […]

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Questions To Ask Before You Begin

Oct 01, 2014
Cook County entryway

For centuries, people have chosen timber framing as their preferred building style. This is because of its traditional beauty, durability, and overall visual impact. If you are planning to build, you might know from day one that you want to have a timber frame home, but how do you go about finding the right company […]

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Timber Frame Joinery

Jul 16, 2014
timber frame joinery

Beauty, strength, and detail—these are the hallmarks of traditional timber framing. Comprised of joints and connections developed centuries ago, these methods of construction are still employed today. From hand tools and chisels, to modern precision machinery, a timber frame’s connections not only provide an enduring framework, they also integrate with the beauty of the home […]

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What Is A Timber Frame Hybrid?

Jan 24, 2014

You may have come across the term ‘hybrid’ in magazines or while doing online research. But, what exactly does ‘hybrid’ mean in the timber framing industry? In a unique market like timber framing, the term can take on a few meanings. For example, hybrid can mean the combination of different products in your building process. […]

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