Interactive Timber Framing Construction

The Timber Framing Construction Interactive Resource

This interactive program was developed as a fun and interactive way of learning construction terminology of the various timber members contained within a house frame. Constructing the two-storey house frame can prove a challenge for students, and teachers, as a number of members are “position sensitive”. In order to assist, the following step-by-step Help Guide provides the solution to a successful construction.

Explain to your students that when constructing a real house frame, the order of placing some of the members can vary, depending on the design, and so this should be understood when attempting the “game”.

Below is the the order solution: 

Ground Floor: Stumps, bearers, floor joists, platform floor

Lower Storey Wall Frame: Bottom plate, common studs, jamb studs, top plate, nogging, lintel (wall frames are typically built on the ground and lifted into position and therefore the order can vary) 

Bracing & tie-down: brace, tie-down (place the tie-down near the jamb stud) 

Upper storey floor & wall frame: upper floor joist, blocking, stairwell trimmers, upper floor platform, upper storey wall frame

Ceiling frame: ceiling joists, hanging beam (bottom left quadrant)

Roof frame: (the hardest part) rafters, ridgeboard, strutting beam (front right quadrant), underpurlin, strut (place on combined hanging/strutting beam or strutting beam), collar tie, roof brace, roof batten (roofs can be built in many ways but this was the order chosen) 

Use this resource to also generate discussion. For instance, in relation to the doors and windows shown, the “door” on the second storey could lead out to an upper storey deck but both the openings in the second storey could be windows (floor to ceiling)!

Hope you and your students enjoy constructing the interactive house.

Download the 1.4MB file below. Note this is an .exe file and does not run on Apple OS machines.

Timber Frame Construction.exe