We typically build our homes with two types of floor systems. The first is an I-Joist floor system, the second being the Bensonwood Open-Built floor.
I-Joist Floor System:
Bensonwood’s I-Joist floor systems are commonly found in our hybrid timber frame homes. These floor systems are well suited for a variety of executions. Floor panels built with our I-Joist System can have dimensions up to 8’x36’, providing you with the flexibility you need when designing your home. There are many advantages to I-joists over traditional solid lumber. I-Joists will not bow, crown, twist, cup, check, or split as dimensional lumber may with time, helping to ensure that your floor remains in good condition long after the home is built.
Bensonwood’s Open-Built® second-floor system is our flooring system of choice for all of our traditional timber frame homes. This floor system has a subfloor platform raised above the exposed wood floor joists. Stiff and quiet, these floors offer ample space for installing HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, without impinging on the structural integrity of the floor. Subcontractors don’t have to drill holes and snake wires and plumbing through the frame. Resulting in a home that is much easier to service, update, and maintain over the years.
The first-floor ceiling panels, which are approximately 3 ft. by 4 ft., are an optional building choice when choosing Bensonwood. These ceiling panels, made of shiplap boards, are fastened together and supported with steel stiffeners. Each panel is designed to infill the space between the timbers in an Open-Built® second-floor system. Alternatively, when timbers are not part of the design, our Grip-T system allows for the installation of our ceiling panels under a traditional engineered wood floor
The panels complement the natural wood floor joists and are an elegant and natural method for finishing the ceiling. Your local builder will install the panels after electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians have finished their work inside the space, between the first-floor ceiling and second floor.
Because the panels are easily removable and interchangeable, they allow easy access to wiring and ducting. They also allow easy relocation of recessed and overhead lighting.
To learn more about our floor and ceiling systems and the many build options Bensonwood has to offer please feel free to contact us today.