Timber Frame Design
This hotel lobby uses a modified king post truss to give the feeling of height to the room. The timber, coupled with the stone fireplace, makes the room spacious, warm and inviting
An image of the completed timber frame boat house on Lake Sunapee
Prior to fabrication, our clients get 3d images of their timber frames to review.
This barn, in Texas, features a hammer beam design with two side sheds. It is made of native rough sawn hemlock, which is a renewable resource.
We render three dimensional models they can be viewed from any direction for our clients to see during the design process. The models allow owners and architects to get a true feeling of their timber frame before it is built.
A three dimensional rendering of the design helps us, and our clients visualize the barn during the design process.
Before the barn is build, detailed shop drawings are created. The drawings are sent to the client for design review, revised according to the job specifications and sent to the shop for fabrication.
This modified hammer beam truss was used in the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. It is made of douglas fir timber with a natural urethane finish.
A king post truss can be modified by raising the bottom chord to give a room a feeling of height. Doing so increases the stresses on the top chords, so they often need to be up sized. For instance, 8x8 top chords on a standard king post truss may have to be increased to 8x12's or 8x14's for a modified king post truss.
This 80' octagonal ski lodge in Stowe, VT created a plethora of design and engineering challenges. The snow loads were over 100 pounds per square foot, and the dormers were snow catchers, causing more dead load. The solution was using sloped double chorded girder trusses and a major tension ring around the bottom of the octagon.
We designed and built this farm house in 1990, and its elegant, but simple design still stands the test of time. It is a well proportioned saltbox, with classic roof pitches.
This is an isometric rendering of a classic farmhouse design.
A classic design with rough sawn hemlock timbers and antique brick makes this interior design one of our favorites.
This design is interesting because while it looks like a full timber frame, it actually economizes by using ceiling beams and a conventional roof system.
These are the actual drawings that were used to fabricate the Deer lake Dining Hall timber frame.
A king post truss is the most economical and versatile of all truss types. It is nice from a design point of view because it is elegant and structurally simple. the bottom chord ties the building together, and adding curves to the webs dresses up the truss.
Sometimes the best timber design is simple - like adding ceiling beams to a room to dress it up without adding too much wood. This hotel room does just that. It is an elegant room with a touch of timber.
Post and Beam Design Process
There are so many beautiful ways to design a timber frame. We like to start with our clients’ ideas, make them work structurally, then add an elegance to the design – whether it is for simple and
rustic beams or for a highly finished and embellished timber frame. Post and beam buildings are great due to their open concept interior designs, and timber trusses can span great distances at lofty heights like ancient cathedrals.
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The design process is similar for most projects, here is how we do it:
Start with our clients’ construction ideas.
Draw preliminary pencil sketches for review and pricing.
Create a 3d model that can be viewed from all directions.
Run engineering to ensure structural stability.
Receive final approval from our client.
Draw detailed 2d shop drawings.
Seal the shop drawings with a stamp from our structural engineering team.
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