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Custom Timber Frame Design: Tropical Hotel

By Margaux Friant on January 25, 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 tropical hotel in Belize.

Pick Your:

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

Project Name:

Hamanasi Resort

Site Location:



Santa Maria

Santa Maria

Santa Maria timber is native to Belize. It has pink and red tones, and for this project, was stained to have a deep, dark wood color.


Sanded Four Sides (S4S) / Planed Smooth

Custom Timber Frame Planed Smooth Santa Maria

The timber is planed smooth, which means all four side of the timber were sanded so it’s smooth to touch.


Hammer Beam

Custom Timber Frame Hammer Beam Truss

The trusses are modified hammer beams that are reinforced with steel tie rods. Hammer beam trusses are a popular design because they allow for high, open ceilings.


Custom Timber Frame Tropical Resort

The completed frame has hammer beam trusses made out of santa maria timber that are planed smooth.

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  1. Elsie Cole says:

    This timber is absolutely beautiful! It is also amazing to see all the different things it can be used for. I also find it incredible that it can be shaped into so many different thing. Timber definitely seems like a cool material to work with.

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