A Brief History Of A Timberframe Home
While we are primarily a provider of the timbers and materials that create the outer enclosing envelope of your home, we’ve found our experience and expertise to be helpful every step along the way. Whether you are considering a timberframe home or have your conceptual drawings completed, we can answer your questions, make recommendations, or simply get the job done.
The Right Place & Placement
Most timberframe homes start with a homeowner who either wants a timberframe home or has found a lot that is perfect for one. We can walk your property with you to determine the best position of your future home, or even help you find the right lot if you don’t already have one.
The Design Process
After this comes the design phase. We coordinate with owners, architects, and even general contractors to develop the right set of plans for your home. We want to get all of the aspects right—from the view out your largest window and master bedroom—to properly positioning the roofline to maximize your solar energy collection and the passive solar benefits available for your property. Once you are at the conceptual design phase with your architect, we can begin consulting with them to coordinate the structure and artistry of your timberframe so that everything meshes together beautifully. At this point we can also discuss the right package for you, whether you just want the bare bones of the timberframe structure or a complete shell package that includes outer walls, doors, windows, and roofing—we have the products that will meet your needs.
Cutting the Timbers / Erecting the Frame & Enclosure
Once you have your blueprints approved and your building team assembled, construction will begin. When you are ready for the frame to go up, we will send a supervisor and team to help in assembling it. As you will see in some of our videos, watching a timberframe come together is quite a sight.
Because of the precision of the cutting that is done at the sawmill, timberframe homes use larger beams than conventional construction—therefore fewer trees need to be harvested to build a timberframe home as opposed to a traditional “frame and drywall” home. Matching the 3D schematics done by your design team, we custom cut and verify every joint and timber. We also cut the window and doorframes into your self-insulated panels (SIPs), as well as bore them to allow for your wiring, sockets, and switches. Since all of this is done at the site of our computer numerical control (CNC) machine, worksites are much cleaner and have less waste that needs to be hauled away than with conventional building.
We have also found that the time needed for actual construction is less than with conventional building. The SIPs we use as the outer skin of our shell packages take less work and fewer modifications to install. This makes the timberframes of the current era not only beautiful and lasting, but also more efficient and ecologically friendly through and through.
Interior Detail / Finishing Touches
Once the outer shell is finished, interior work begins—adding those custom elements that make your home your special place. This process will continue until the final items on your punch list—all of the little details you want addressed before final payment is made—are completed and the home is yours to live in for years to come.