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5 Timber Frames That Will Make You Want To Go Outside

By Margaux Friant on May 10, 2016

It wasn’t much of a winter, but even so, the sunshine and the warm weather feel good. Here in VT, the flowers are starting to bloom and the birds are chirping. Summer is on the way. So to celebrate, here are 5 beautiful outdoor timber frames.

1. Cidery Timber Frame

heavy timber building with a wrap around porchThis first one is for a cidery in upstate New York. The frame was fabricated using douglas fir. It has very cool joints with mortise and tenon cuts that are reinforced with bolts. Also, how awesome does that outdoor seating look? I could drink a beer there.

Learn More About This Project: Cidery Timber Frame

 2. State Park Pergola
outdoor park timber frame

This pergola is also in New York. We constructed it for Lake Taghkanik State Park. The timber is douglas fir that is finished with a natural urethane stain. The frame forms a 150 degree arc. The curved beams are glu-laminated, which means thin layers of timber were glued together to form the beams into their curved shapes.

Learn More About This Project: Lake Taghkanik State Park

3. Residential Pool Pavilion

custom timber pergolaThis timber frame is also in New York. The owners are landscape architects, as you may be able to tell by their beautiful pool and garden. The frame has a greek motif with beautiful columns. The owners planted vines to grow up the columns. The timber is weathered and rough sawn.

Learn More About This Project: McCarthy Pergola

4.Outdoor Amphitheater

pavilion timber frameGuess where this one is? Nope. It’s in Illinois 🙂 for Citizen’s Park. It’s used for concerts and stage gatherings. The timber is planed smooth douglas fir.

Learn More About This Project: Citizen’s Park

 5. Wrap-Around Porch

timber frame porch with canted posts

Last, but not least, is a wrap-around porch for a beautiful home in Vermont. The frame has canted posts with tricky compound joinery and rafter connections. The timber is planed and chamfered douglas fir. The picture is even staged with wine and cheese on the table. If that doesn’t make you want to go sit outside, then I don’t know what will.

Learn More About This Project: Night Pasture Farm

Thanks for stopping by our timber framer’s blog! Now go outside! Or, if you like this post, or have timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact or visit our ask an expert page.

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  1. April Cook says:

    I absolutely love the pool pavilion! The timber gives it a great rustic look, and it will look gorgeous when the vines grow up the columns. It would be a dream to have something like this in my backyard. It would be fun to put an outdoor shower on the back side to rinse off in after being in the pool. Thanks for all this inspiration!

  2. I really like the stage in Illinois. It looks so amazing, and that Douglas fur looks great. I really think that would look so good in a community park. I am going to give that a suggestion for our local park. I know the city manager has a suggestion box.

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