A Timeless Way of Building

Frame-to-finish carpentry. Specializing in custom timber frame structures.

We believe that craftsmanship and beauty are key elements of sustainable design.


What is Timber Framing?

Traditional post & beam construction, relying on wooden joinery held fast by hardwood pegs, and raised by the community - or a little help from a crane!

These methods, brought over by European settlers and refined over the centuries, form a uniquely American vernacular. Our approach is rooted in the best elements of this timeless style, updated for the modern era.

The solidity and natural warmth of a timber frame resonate powerfully in a deep, atavistic connection with the home;  Those who dwell within feel protected and truly sheltered.

 

Benefits of Timber Framing

  • Timberframe raisings are a once-in-a-lifetime event for the homeowner and their community
  • Costs are competitive with conventional stick-frame construction
  • Because the beams are engineered for their location in the structure, load-bearing walls can be eliminated, resulting in a more expansive interior plan
  • Safer in a fire: Heavy timbers are slow to ignite and tend to smolder rather than combust. Modern buildings can be deathtraps in a fire scenario, as flimsy trusses, I-joists and other lightweight structural materials are quickly compromised when exposed to flames, but a timber frame will often survive the fire that consumes the house around it
  • With the insulative layer built outside the structural members, a tighter envelope with minimal thermal bridging can be achieved
  • Locally sourced, sustainably harvested timbers
  • Working with local sawyers and sawmills helps sustain an industry of small-scale lumber producers with deep historical roots in the area
  • Outperform conventional construction in earthquakes due to the ability of the wooden joints to flex and re-settle
  • Tighter tolerances can be achieved because the frame is shop-built, rather than constructed on-site
  • Non-toxic building materials: we prefer naturally decay-resistant species (White Oak, Black Locust, Cedar) as an alternative to pressure-treated lumber when possible