Rustic Hammer Beam Truss Lodge

Trapp Family Lodge

The Trapp Family Lodge, of the Von Trapp’s “The Sound Of Music” fame, is in Stowe, VT. Vermont Timber Works provided commercial timber frames for three new conference halls and custom ceiling beams for luxury rooms for the hotel.

We worked with architects The Burley PartnershipEngineering Ventures and Engelberth Construction on this project.

All of our frames are handcrafted to meet exact project requirements, and we enjoy working with our clients to make sure the details – from design to finish – are just right.

If you like this hotel frame, or have timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact or ask an expert!

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Explore The Conference Hall

The interior of the lodge shows off decisions that were made early in the timber frame process, like the truss design and the joinery style. These trusses have a modified hammer beam design and all of the timber in the lodge is traditionally joined with mortise and tenon cuts that are secured with hardwood pegs.

Explore The Lobby

Explore The Conference Rooms

Explore The Rooms


The timber frame design process involves a series of sketches and review with the client and their architect — including a 3D model of the frame — until there is an approved final design. With the final design, detailed 2D shop drawings are created and used to fabricate the frame.

Frame Plans

Bent Profiles

Joint Details

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