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HYBRID TIMBER FRAMES It's fine to mix timber and stud. But you must understand each structural system to make them work together. by Steven Chappell case. Integrating some of the finer points of timber framing into otherwise conventionally built custom homes can be accomplished very easily and economically if one takes a whole-system approach to building. Although we have yet to build a project, I feel there is a place for it in the custom-building market. Whole Systems Before analyzing the various forms that a so-called hybrid frame may take, it will be helpful to look at the two building forms that are being combined. By a hybrid frame we mean one in which the general principles and methods of traditional joined-timber frames are