There are so many ways to design a beautiful home. One home trend we love is timber framing. This vintage method has recently grown in popularity in residential homes, and the exposed wood looks stunning amidst our local setting. Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal, Cathy Purple Cherry, shared with us just what this trend entails:
“Before metal nails were invented, wooden buildings were assembled by notching wood to fit it together and pegging the wood with a wooden ‘nail’. This notching technique is memorialized in timber frame and log structures. The building method of notching (mortise) and pegging (tendon) wood has been around for thousands of years. Timber framing itself refers to the method of constructing a “frame” from heavy, large-cut square timbers. Framing a structure this way results in exposed timbers seen from the inside of a space. This method also results in one of the most beautiful building outcomes.
Photo by Tria Giovan, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (auto barn))
Today, when timber framing is used, it is an intentional selection introduced to contribute to the beauty of a home on the inside. It exposes the bones of the house to the visitor’s eye. This then places all finishes and insulation to the outside face of the frame in a sandwich of structural plank boards, insulation, plywood sheathing and roofing material.
Photo courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Up-close 3D Revit rendering of their work)
One of the most fascinating things about a timber frame structure is that most people do not know that the timbers are fully cut, mortised and assembled off site at the supplier’s yard. These timbers then are numbered, disassembled and shipped to the job site for re-assembly. This allows the erection of the building to move very quickly, often within three or less days!” – Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED-AP/Founder and Principal of Purple Cherry Architects
Photo by David Burroughs, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (indoor pool room))
Our beloved local university is celebrating 200 years of history and academics this fall with the UVA Bicentennial. This weekend, October 5–7, the celebration will kick off with talks, performances and more during the launch weekend. Programming begins Thursday, October 5, at The Paramount Theater with “Who Speaks for America? 200 Years of Debate” presented by BackStory Live.
On Friday, attendees can enjoy talks, visit the “Memorial to Enslaved Laborers” Exhibit, and attend the “Tribute to the Laying of the Cornerstone,” a ceremony on the Lawn. The final event on Friday will be the “Bicentennial Launch Celebration” on the Lawn and will include performances from UVA faculty members, staff and students, as well as the Goo Goo Dolls among other special guests.
On Saturday, UVA will host a home football game against Duke, as well as a lecture by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alan Taylor and a book signing event with faculty members and Pulitzer Prize winning U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove.
In addition to the launch weekend, the UVA Bicentennial celebration will include:
A symposium on “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory & the Build Landscape” later in October.
A Women’s Global Leadership Forum in November.
“The University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects,” a collection of the university’s history that can be found on or around Grounds through June 22, 2018. Check out two of the objects featured in the exhibit (object #56: a model of grounds, and #94: UVA’s University Barbie), below.
The release of a new edition of the Songs of the University of Virginia.
Visit bicentennial.virginia.edu for more information on the events and tickets for this weekend, and look for a special feature on the UVA Bicentennial in the upcoming Charlottesville Wine & Country Living!
Lead/first photo: by Dan Addison, courtesy of the University of Virginia
Second photo: by Jennifer Jones
Third photo: courtesy of Virginia Athletics Media Relations
Fourth photos: Left photo by Stacey Evans Photography; Right photo courtesy of University of Virginia Library