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Top Ten Coolest Timber Frames by VTW (according to Mike)–#10

By Mike McLaine on October 31, 2014

As a seasoned member of the Vermont Timber Works crew, I have seen a lot of timbers come in and out of the shop.  That gives me the gravitas needed to roll out my “Top Ten” list of the coolest timber frames, in my humble opinion of course. Check out the rest of The Top 10 Coolest Timber Frames (According To Me) here!

Without further ado, let me begin with number 10:  The McCarthy Pergola.

McCarthy Pergola

Front view of Pergola

This pergola was built for a private residence in Kerhonkson, NY.  I love the classical motif with the pediments and blocks–it reminds me of a Greek temple.


Isometric drawing of pergola

The installation of the timber frame was a lot of fun (this was back when I was part of the installation crew).

Installation of Pergola

Installing the timber frame

The timbers were a rough sawn hemlock, and have weathered very nicely next to the clients’ pool.

McCarthy Front View

Front view

All lit up at night, it is a beautiful feature for the backyard:

Pergola at night

Pergola at night

Next week we will continue the countdown…

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  1. steve crea says:

    I am going to build a 40′ wide by 80′ long Barn chapel/ multi use bldg. in Magnolia N.J. it will be next to a 275 year old Historical house, and wanted it to look old. Most of the timber frames I have been seeing look new. any suggestions? Steve

    • Sandy Connolly says:

      We are full of suggestions, from weathered timbers to actual reclaimed! Call 802-886-1917 and let’s get this discussion going, you’ll speak with Mike, Sue or Derek.

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