We were recently contracted to design the timber frame for a resort in Central America. The project was fairly complex due to the building’s proximity to the ocean, the area’s seismic activity, and the function of the building. The design, with hipped trusses, also added to the complexity of the job.
Although we were willing and able to travel to help with the installation of the frame (who could say no to the Caribbean?) the client was confident in the abilities of his local carpenters to be able to fabricate the pieces, put the timbers together, and install the trusses.
We were able to use our cutting edge software to come up with detailed shop drawings that showed precisely where each of the notches, mortises, tenons, etc. were located on each piece. The timbers are Santa Maria, a tropical hardwood.
With our full set of drawings the crew was able to order the timbers from a local mill. They then laid out each piece according to our shop drawings and fabricated them on site.
Although the carpenters didn’t have any timber frame experience per se, they were able to cut each of the pieces to the precise dimensions that were on our shop drawings.
The end result is one of which we would be proud. The team of carpenters can now put a feather in their cap for a job well done!
Let us know what you are thinking of for your timber project, whether it is in the tropics or not! We encourage you to get in contact or share your thoughts in the comment section below.