timber frame

views updated May 21 2018

timber frame. Type of building construction sometimes called half-timbering, where walls and partitions are made of a wooden skeleton, set on a foundation, with the spaces filled with brick nogging, plaster, wattle-and-daub, etc. Timber-framed buildings are frequently tile-hung, plastered, weather-boarded or otherwise protected from the weather, as with mathematical tiles. See beam, brace, breastsummer, cill, collar, cross-rail, cruck, dragon-beam, jetty, joist, post, principal, purlin, rafter, rail, stud, truss; wealden house.


Alcock,, Barley,, Dixon,, & and Meeson (1996);
R. J. Brown (1986);
Brunskill (1994); Grossmann (1986);
Sobon & and Schroeder (1984);
Jane Turner (1996)


views updated May 18 2018

1. Obsolete term for a timber-framed building, the gaps between the members of the frame filled with some other material, e.g. brick nogging or plaster on wattles or laths.

2. Building with the lower storey of stone or brick and the upper storeys, or parts of them, such as gables, timber-framed, and visible as such.

3. Building constructed of brick, block, etc., with timber applied to it in parts suggesting timber-framing, but in fact false.