Timber Framed Buildings

Butler Hegarty Architects combine contemporary design skills with an understanding of the principles of historic timber framing, the problems associated with timber buildings, and a good knowledge of the standing archaeology of timber buildings. We have worked extensively on both Medieval and Georgian timber frame buildings over a considerable period of time.

An understanding of the properties of timber, its conversion, decay, and characteristics is embedded in our work. We believe that timber buildings present a particular problem for architects and designers, and it is necessary to have a coherent understanding of methods of making, framing, and craftsmanship, to inform an approach to interventions and alterations.

Gary Butler has a growing reputation as a practitioner and academic specialising in the conservation of timber framed buildings. He studied at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, and has lectured extensively on timber construction, to a range of historic societies and amenity groups, including the Essex Historic Building Group, and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.