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Eastern white pine timberframe

There are many species of wood thatmay be used in a timberframe building. Though the choice of which wood to use for your project is not always simple when trying to stay on a budget. We use a variety of different materials in our frames, typically our clients prefer Eastern White Pine, Hemlock, or West Coast Douglas Fir. These are all good choices but for very different reasons. We also employ maple and yellow birch in our hardwood "free tenons" or "splines" as we call them. And white oak is the material of choice for our wooden pegs to secure our joinery, these renewable hardwoods are harvested and milled right here in NH.

Hidden steel in post & beam structuresSome projects require special techniques to address special engineering requirements while still maintaining the traditional look of a post and beam structure. It is our experience that aesthetics, steel, and traditional joinery and workmanship can be balanced to produce an efficient structural heavy timber truss at an affordable price.

Some projects require special techniques to address engineering requirements while still maintaining the traditional look of a post and beam structure.

In some cases steel is required to meet engineering specifications for the strucure.  It is our experience that aesthetics, steel, and traditional joinery and workmanship can be balanced to produce an efficient structural heavy timber truss at an affordable price. To do this we can create designs that hide the steel components by incorporating the steel components in the design.

old_timbersOne of the reasons that building a timberframe building is an environmentally responsible construction method is that the timbers can be reused in the future to build a new building. Over time the timbers inherit a character, patina, and warmth that only time can provide. Using reclaimed timbers impart these qualities to the new building that can not be matched by contemporary building materials.

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