Farmhouses in the cantons of Zürich, Thurgovia and Schaffhausen
Half-timbering is found most frequently in these cantons.
The Fachwerkhaus [half-timbered house], also known as the Riegelhaus, has a supporting framework made of timber.
In addition to its supporting function, the timber-frame structure also has an ancillary decorative purpose. The gaps were, for the most part, infilled with a clay-wood composite or bricks. Half-timbering was one of the predominant methods of construction from the High Middle Ages up to the 19th century.
The construction of such houses requires a high standard of carpentry.