Heavy timber Porte Cochère with sunburst truss design and stone pillars at the Oxford Casino

Build a Beautiful Porte Cochère

Porte Cochères are drive-through entryways in front of hotels and public buildings. They can also be used for carports on homes. It is the first thing your guests see before they enter your building. A custom Timber Frame Porte Cochère allows guests to pass below beautiful, elegant timber beams on the way into your business.


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All our designs are custom to our client's needs. Let us design an Entryway specifically for you and your building.

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The Process

The process of designing and installing your Timber Frame Porte Cochère is simple and straightforward. From concept, to design, to installation, we will collaborate and communicate with you to bring your vision for your Timber Frame entryway to life.

The Entryway sets the tone for the rest of the building. We understand that a Porte Cochère must be striking and beautiful yet also complementary to the rest of the building. We will take this into account when designing your Timber Frame so that your entryway will transition seamlessly into the rest of your hotel, school, or visitors center.

After we have discussed the concept for your timber frame Porte Cochère, we will begin the design process by drawing preliminary pencil sketches for review and pricing. Then we will create a 3D model of the building, our engineers will go over the plans to ensure structural stability, and we will share this with you for final approval. Once we have your approval, we will create detailed 2D shop drawings.

After a timber order is placed, raw beams are sent to us from the sawmill. All of our frames are laid out and cut by hand. All the joints are cut, the peg holes are drilled, and each timber is individually marked on the end according to its exact location in the frame. After being cut to size and specification, all the arches are sanded smooth. Then a stain or urethane is applied.

After fabricating the trusses, we assemble them and ship assembled if they are shorter than 10 feet. If they are higher, we will ship them unassembled. If we ship large trusses to a contractor, we will pre-assemble the trusses to ensure that all the joints fit properly before shipping the unassembled parts. If our crew is handling the installation then we will do the final fit on the job site.

Porte Cochères Portfolio

A Porte Cochère can be a beautiful addition to a building or structure. A Timber Frame entryway will make any building more inviting. Look through some of our past Porte Cochère projects to get a sense of what we have done in the past.

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