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Close up of the steel compression ring and timbers in the Octagon Timber Frame in the Chapel for Holy Apostles Church

Scrolls, Finials, & Corbels

By Caitlin on August 17, 2018

Every Timber Frame Vermont Timber Works builds is a completely custom creation. This allows our clients to make sure that they get exactly what they’ve been picturing. Today I’d like to talk about some decorative accents you can incorporate into your frame that can help you further customize your timber […]

Exterior of the off the grid timber frame Barn style home in Sandwich NH

The Log Cabin, Post and Beam, and Timber Frame Home: What’s the Difference?

By Caitlin on May 31, 2018

Today I thought it would be helpful to look at some of the similarities and differences between Timber Frame Homes, Log Cabin Homes, and Post and Beam Homes. There seems to be some confusion as to how to define each, and whether it’s a difference of style, design, or construction. […]

Barn Door. Rich Barn

Basic Barn Styles

By Caitlin on November 21, 2017

When people come to us looking for a Timber Frame Barn, often times they aren’t fully aware of all the different styles of barns that they can choose from. Today, we’re going to look at 4 basic styles of barns. Obviously, there are many more styles and variations out there, […]

Interior of Mahamudra Buddhist retreat with high ceilings and glulam arches.

Glulam vs. Solid Beams: Which Is Best For Your Project?

By Caitlin on November 07, 2017

Customers often ask us about using Glulam in their building projects and want to know how this material differs from solid WOOD beams. And how do you know when to use Glulam in your project and when to use timber?     Glulam Glued laminated timber, also called Glulam, is a type […]

Interior Kitchen and Living room of a Barn Style home in NH

Open Concept Living: Why Great Rooms Are So Great!

By Caitlin on October 25, 2017

Within the last ten years, the idea of the open concept floor plan has come to reign supreme in home design. People can’t seem to get enough of large, open rooms that serve a variety of functions instead of having compartmentalized rooms each with an individual purpose. In the Timber […]

Interior of a Heavy Timber Frame Dining Hall for a Boy Scout Camp in CT

5 Details That Make Your Timber Frame Home Unique!

By Caitlin on October 18, 2017

Ideas and Inspiration for designing and decorating your custom Timber Frame Home!     Windows Windows are the eyes of the house. They let in light, and allow the view of a home’s natural surroundings to inform the feelings inside. There are many interesting window options that look especially unique […]

Reclaimed Oak in the workshop

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Reclaimed Wood

By Caitlin on October 10, 2017

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Reclaimed Wood   Reclaimed wood is lumber that has been rescued from antique barns, factories, mills, and sometimes even old fences or wine barrels. Vintage wood has had a huge surge in popularity in the last few years, and rightly so. Antique timber […]

Red Steel tie rod in a cidery

How To Incorporate Steel In A Timber Frame

By Margaux Friant on September 05, 2016

How To Incorporate Steel In A Timber Frame This post is for people interested in timber frames that incorporate steel. The decision of whether or not to use steel in a frame is made during the conceptualization & design process. Timber frames with wide-spanning trusses, hammer beam trusses, or softer woods […]

Checking in Curved Braces

Checking in Curved Braces

By Nathalie Belleau on May 07, 2015

Often our clients like the look of arched braces, and we like them too. Adding curves can add elegance and a certain “je ne sais quoi” to a timber frame.  They certainly look beautiful when they are done right. However, if the curve is cut too deep, checking can occur along […]

Sundial ski Lodge

Design/Build vs. Technical/Complex Construction

By Sandy Connolly on August 11, 2014

Design/Build Construction Design it, build it, done! If it were only that easy. Actually, sometimes it is. Design / Build is a wonderful choice for construction, and at Vermont Timber Works, we excel at it. Let’s check out a residential, design/build timber frame! The Adirondack style home, pictured below, was […]

Hammer Beam Trusses in the Breed Estate

Framing Styles

By Sandy Connolly on April 21, 2014

There are a lot of timber frame styles!  If you’re seriously considering purchasing a timber frame, it’s good to keep in mind that the more complicated a frame, the higher the cost tends to be. However, whether you’re looking for a simple or complex frame, we are a custom shop, […]

Curved Timber Frame Pergola

Timber Posts

By Mike McLaine on March 06, 2014

The thing I love about timber framing is that there are so many choices when it comes to the look:  do you want your timbers big or small, rough or smooth, chamfered or rounded over on the corners, exposed steel or hidden steel, traditional joinery or steel plates. How do […]

Heavy Timber Porte Cochere Entry Way at the Oxford Casino in Maine with King post trusses in White Pine with steel plates.

Connecting Timbers With Steel

By Sandy Connolly on December 19, 2013

Today’s post is going to be all about steel connections. Sometimes steel connections are used in timber framing to provide additional structural support, and other times steel is used just because it looks good. It’s all about personal preference. The picture above is of typical steel plates primed with black paint. […]

The VTel porch with post, beams, and king post trusses, has been fabricated with planed Douglas fir and painted white.

King & Queen Post Trusses

By Sandy Connolly on December 05, 2013

Hail to the King and Queen! 😉 The King Post Truss is straight forward and strong. A king post truss can usually be joined traditionally depending on the span and engineering. In some cases, a king post truss does need to be reinforced with steel plates. The Vermont Teddy Bear […]

Timber Post and Beam Porte Cochere

Girder Truss Applications

By Sandy Connolly on November 27, 2013

In this post we wanted to talk a little bit more about the Girder Truss, when it’s typically used and what it can be designed for. Girder Trusses have a long, straight design. Primarily, the role of a girder truss is to support other structural elements in the Timber frame, […]

Fabricated Scissor Trusses with steel plates in the Workshop for Grace Episcopal Church

Scissor Truss Designs

By Sandy Connolly on November 03, 2013

Beautiful, interesting and often requested by our clients, the scissor truss is a complex and dynamic truss design. While definitely evoking a specific look and style, from an engineering standpoint, the Scissor Truss is not the most efficient truss style, unlike the most efficient King Post truss. So the Scissor […]

Timber Framing with Steel Joinery

Timber Framing with Steel Joinery

By Mike McLaine on October 08, 2013

We love timber framing–that’s why we do what we do.  What really makes a timber frame come together?  It comes down to how the pieces are connected, what we call joinery.  And there are a number of options when it comes to the type of joinery, including steel joinery, traditional […]

Dutch Barn Concept with a Modern Twist

Dutch Barn Concept with a Modern Twist

By Doug Friant on May 18, 2013

An old Dutch barn has inspired an owner and his Architect to create a modern version for his residence.  The home will have high vaulted ceilings and the great room will be vaulted for two stories.  What would have been the hay loft will be second floor bedroom and common […]

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