17th Century Framing, Meiringen, Switzerland

Modern Timber Frame Barn, Colorado

Traditional timber framing is the ancient building craft that utilizes heavy timber to create a structural framework that's joined together with pegged mortise and tenon joinery.  

Timber framing techniques are the result of a carpentry tradition that has been practiced, interchanged, and modified over the course of building history from ancient Asian temples to medieval European cathedrals.  Prior to the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, framing with timber was the proven method of carpentry used to build all manor of structures.

As modern architecture and the built environment move ever closer to a more sustainable future, timber framing has gained a resurgence among educated architects and builders alike and once again proves why ancient builders came to rely on its strength and beauty.  

Our Goal

We are committed to providing beautifully hand-crafted timber frame structures.  Specializing in design, fabrication, and installation, Traditional Roots provides exceptional quality and attention to detail through out the construction process.  Building with timber offers many advantages including design flexibility, energy efficiency, structural integrity, and sustainable building longevity. 

Design Flexibility

The structural design of a timber frame allows for open floor plans, fewer interior walls, and provides ample opportunity for natural daylight to flood any living space, there by creating a healthier and more enjoyable environment.    

Energy Efficiency

In addition to customizable design options, timber frame homes often incorporate energy efficient enclosure systems including SIP's (Structural Insulated Panels), ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) systems, and even straw-bale enclosures.  Large timbers also add thermal mass to an interior living space providing an effect that helps to even out daily temperature fluctuations by storing and releasing thermal energy, thus reducing energy consumption.

Structural Integrity

Perhaps the most obvious advantage to timber frame construction is the structural integrity inherently built into the frame.  Large timbers, complex joinery, and precise engineering combine to create a rigid stand-alone structure capable of withstanding the greatest mother nature can offer.


It is evident from the many historic timber buildings still in existence that timber frames can stand the test of time.  Timber frames are obviously strong, but they are also beautiful.  Exposed wooden beams and hand-crafted joinery add warmth and beauty that few can detest.  We add value to what we call beautiful, and as such, we take care of it, and make an effort to preserve it for future generations.    


17th Century Foresters House of Castle Sophienreuth, Schonwald, Germany