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Custom Timber Frame Design: Pool House

By Margaux Friant on February 15, 2016

Every Vermont Timber Works frame is custom. That means, as the client, you get to plan the shape of your frame, and decide on the wood species, the timber texture, the joinery style, and the truss design. Some of the design decisions are more complex than others and Derek and Sue, our sales reps, are skilled at working with clients throughout the entire process. This series of posts is going to cover, on a high level, design decisions that were made for 6 different custom timber frames. Check out more Custom Timber Frame Design posts here!┬áThis week’s post is for a pool house.

Pick Your:

  • Site Location
  • Wood Species
  • Timber Texture
  • Frame Style

Project Name:

Wakenah Pool House

Site Location:

Salem, CT


Douglas Fir

Wood Species Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir is very strong and has a beautiful grain. Its color ranges from light red to pale yellow. We buy our douglas fir from a west coast supplier.


Sanded Four Sides (S4S) / Planed Smooth

timber texture planed smooth

The timber is planed smooth, which means all fours sides of the timber were sanded to be smooth to touch.



Timber Truss Design Scissor

The Wakenah Pool House has scissor trusses. Scissor trusses are popular because they create height in a room. These trusses are reinforced with steel plates and steel tension ties to keep truss deflections to less than half an inch.

Completed Pool House:

custom timber frame

The completed pool house has douglas fir timbers that are planed smooth and scissor trusses that are reinforced with steel tension ties.

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