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Have You Ever Hidden A Tension Tie In The Floor Space Beneath An A-Frame Attic?

Have You Ever Hidden A Tension Tie In The Floor Space Beneath An A-Frame Attic?

Answered by Margaux Friant on September 01, 2016

Have you ever hidden a tension tie in the floor space beneath a finished A-frame attic?

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Do You Have Post Bases For These Specifications?

Do You Have Post Bases For These Specifications?

Answered by Doug Friant on April 18, 2016

We are specifying a 5″x5_1/2″ glu-lam column base for a pavilion (no sidewalls). We have a maximum moment of 31,000 […]

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Do You Have Any Stain Suggestions?

Do You Have Any Stain Suggestions?

Answered by Doug Friant on February 16, 2016

I have a number of interior glulam beams in new construction and wish to stain them a medium brown color.  […]

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Do you sell full barn plans?

Do you sell full barn plans?

Answered by Doug Friant on February 11, 2016

Do you sell full barn plans? I am interested in full plans with materials list for a 36 x 48 […]

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How Wide Can The Texas Barn Go?

How Wide Can The Texas Barn Go?

Answered by Doug Friant on February 08, 2016

What is the widest span you can build with timber frame for the Texas barn in the center part of […]

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Is 2x4 Construction or Post & Beam Construction Better For My Project?

Is 2×4 Construction or Post & Beam Construction Better For My Project?

Answered by Doug Friant on January 14, 2016

We are looking to build an 700-800sq ft. octagon home with a wraparound porch. Because we will use straw bale […]

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Have You Ever Built A "Round" Timber Frame Structure?

Have You Ever Built A “Round” Timber Frame Structure?

Answered by Doug Friant on December 16, 2015

I have a silo foundation that has approximately a 22′ inside diameter and approximately a 26′ outside diameter which results […]

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Can You Design/Fabricate A Frame Like The Texas Barn To Be 40'X120'?

Can You Design/Fabricate A Frame Like The Texas Barn To Be 40’X120′?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 18, 2015

Can you design/fabricate a frame design like the Hermes project in Texas, with the main “bay” being 40′ wide and […]

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Are There Very Large Dimensions For Lumber?

Are There Very Large Dimensions For Lumber?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 18, 2015

Hi, I was wondering about the dimension of extremely large timber members. Are there very large dimensions for lumber (like […]

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Can You Provide Plans For A 26x52 Barn?

Can You Provide Plans For A 26×52 Barn?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 05, 2015

need plans drawn up for a barn 26 x 52 much like one of the examples you show on your […]

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Can I See The "Night Pasture Farm" Floor Plan?

Can I See The “Night Pasture Farm” Floor Plan?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 17, 2015

I would like to know if there is a floor plan for the night pasture farm house located on your […]

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Can I Purchase Plans From You To Build The "Texas Barn" In CA?

Can I Purchase Plans From You To Build The “Texas Barn” In CA?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 15, 2015

I like the Texas Barn and saw additional finished photos on Zuber’s website.  My project site is located in Indio, […]

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Do You Have Plans For A Simple Pavilion I Can Build Myself?

Do You Have Plans For A Simple Pavilion I Can Build Myself?

Answered by Doug Friant on May 11, 2015

I’m wondering if you have plans for a very simple timber pavilion that i can build on my own.  i’ve […]

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What Is The Appropriate Chord Size For My Project?

What Is The Appropriate Chord Size For My Project?

Answered by Doug Friant on March 05, 2015

What is the appropriate size of the bottom chord & top chord (timber) for a span of 5.2 meters ( […]

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What Are The Typical Dimensions of a Post Base?

What Are The Typical Dimensions of a Post Base?

Answered by Doug Friant on February 26, 2015

I am doing a design project for my course and I was wondering whether you could tell me what typical […]

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Can You Verify Truss Designs?

Can You Verify Truss Designs?

Answered by Doug Friant on December 12, 2014

can you verify the design of these trusses? About fabrication? the project is a new house in Hawaii Please answer […]

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Antiqued native hemlock timber frame

Can You Supply Hand Hewn Beams For My Antique Barn?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 26, 2014

I love your work … and just had a couple questions. For the most part, I have a frame design […]

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Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28x40 House?

Can a Scissor Truss be Designed for a 28×40 House?

Answered by Doug Friant on October 19, 2014

Can A scissor truss be designed an put on the roof of a new house 28 feet wide  x 40 […]

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My Church Has Water Damaged Beams - Is It Safe?

My Church Has Water Damaged Beams – Is It Safe?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 01, 2014

I have an old church which I am renovating. It leaked and beams on the side that was damaged have […]

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Can You Supply Trusses for a 180x180 Building?

Can You Supply Trusses for a 180×180 Building?

Answered by Doug Friant on June 18, 2014

We are designing a building 180’x180′ and would like to know if you could supply us trusses?  

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Night Pasture Farm Floor Plan

Answered by Doug Friant on May 23, 2014

Dear Sir and Madam I´m really interested in the house “Night Pasture Farm” do you have a floor plan of […]

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If I like a Scissor Truss System, What Are My Options?

If I like a Scissor Truss System, What Are My Options?

Answered by Doug Friant on January 07, 2014

I am constructing a new residence. The structure will be framed. Interior finish to be infilled post and beam. Your […]

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Can Black Locust Timbers Be Used As Structural Beams?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 12, 2013

Hi. My name is Cliff Wallace & I am an architectural designer who, is currently in the preliminary planning stages […]

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What Kind of Timber Dimensions and Roof Pitch Would be Comfortable for a 36' Span and Tennessee Location?

What Kind of Timber Dimensions and Roof Pitch Would be Comfortable for a 36′ Span and Tennessee Location?

Answered by Doug Friant on November 06, 2013

I really like your Modified King Post Truss. What kind of timber dimensions and roof pitch would be comfortable for […]

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White Oak Pergola

Can You Design a Pavilion to Blend Well with a Low Country Concept?

Answered by Doug Friant on October 29, 2013

I am developing a 2 acre piece of property in the middle of Greenville, SC. The overall feel and look […]

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What In Your Line Would Come Closest To An Original Italian Style Farm House?

What In Your Line Would Come Closest To An Original Italian Style Farm House?

Answered by Doug Friant on October 24, 2013

i am planning to build a italian style farm house with exposed ceiling trusses. i’ve noted that original homes from […]

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Can You Design and Engineer Stamped Drawings That Will Meet Construction Codes in Indiana?

Can You Design and Engineer Stamped Drawings That Will Meet Construction Codes in Indiana?

Answered by Doug Friant on October 24, 2013

I have a general concept of a timber frame building that I would like our park staff to construct. They […]

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Exterior Post & Beam Barn with Sliding Barn Doors

Walt Whitman Barn

Answered by Mike McLaine on October 10, 2013

I’m interested in something along the lines of your Walt Whitman Barn.  It will eventually be used for a recording […]

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Ridge Ventilation

Ridge Ventilation

Answered by Doug Friant on September 25, 2013

Are there many benefits for passive ventilation out the ridge for the salt box. I have been considering using a […]

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Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Can you tell me more about the span and spacing of a hammer beam truss?

Answered by Jessie Smith on September 19, 2013

I was admiring the hammer beam truss and wondered what the span and spacing would be ? How many trusses […]

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I really like the Texas Barn, can it be bigger?

I really like the Texas Barn, can it be bigger?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 09, 2013

I really like the Texas Barn.  I was looking at the plans and was thinking of a larger size and […]

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How long does it take to erect one of your timber frames?

How long does it take to erect one of your timber frames?

Answered by Derek Folsom on September 03, 2013

How long does it take to erect one of your timber frames? Can I do it myself? What kind of […]

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What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

What is a Modified King Post Truss, and How Does it Work?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a modified king post truss, and how does it work structurally?

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Stained Timber Pergola with a Beautiful View

How do we get started on a design?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

How do we get started on a design?

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What does a 3d Model Look Like?

What does a 3d Model Look Like?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What does a 3d model of the frame look like?

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What are Timber Frame Shop Drawings?

What are Timber Frame Shop Drawings?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What are timber frame shop drawings?

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What is a Typical Post Base

What is a Typical Post Base

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

I am designing a timber frame porte cochere. How should I detail the post bases?

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What is a Tension Tie?

What is a Tension Tie?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What is a tension tie?

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What Happens When My Timbers Are Delivered?

What Happens When My Timbers Are Delivered?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

What happens when my timbers are delivered? Do I need to unload them? Are they wrapped? How do I protect […]

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Is there an installation manual?

Is there an installation manual?

Answered by Doug Friant on September 02, 2013

Do you send an installation manual along with the timber frame? How do we know where the pieces go?

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