Timber Framing in Normandy
Timber Framing in Beuvron en Auge (Normandy, France)
Timber framing (German: Fachwerk, literally "framework"), or half-timbering, also called in North America "post-and-beam" construction and post-frame construction.
Timber framing or half-timbering was common in China and, in a refined form, in Japan. In Medieval times until the 18th century it was used for domestic architecture throughout northern continental Europe, especially Germany (Fachwerk), parts of France, Denmark, Switzerland, Scotland and the Roman Empire. In England it was popular in regions that lacked stone as a building material. Probably the greatest number of half-timbered buildings are to be found in Germany and in Alsace (France).
A half-timbered building has exposed wood framing. The spaces between the wooden timbers are filled with wattle and daub, plaster, loam, stone, brick, or rubble. Timber frame construction in Europe showed regional variation.
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