Posts Tagged ‘engineering’

Competitive Bidding

December 13, 2012 2 comments

Competitive Bidding / Bid As Drawn

This can be a tough one, if you have a concern based on design aesthetic or worse…engineering.  What’s the best way to approach this?

Let’s see….

Modified Hammer Beam Design

1.  Bid as drawn with so many comments and notes in the proposal that you think you are covered.

2.  Bid as an alternate, hope they appreciate your attention to detail and concern.

3. Bid it both ways and hope for the best.

What do you think?  In various construction methods, this similar situation must come up.  We would like to hear your thoughts!


Can you fast track my project?

September 7, 2012 1 comment


Some timber frame projects lend themselves to a fast track, some do not.  And fast tracking the one that does not is a tough process.

Let’s see…

Client:  I would like to fast track my project, can you work with me?

Sandy: Of course!  Do you have a design?

Client: Not yet.

Sandy:  Have you chosen an architect?

Client: Uh, no.

Sandy:  Have you hired a general contractor?

Client: I’m going to GC this project myself.

Sandy:  I’m thinking fast track may not be in the cards for this project, but let’s see what we can do.  Preliminary shops drawings and a foundation plan are typically all you need for a building permit.  Let’s start there.

Client:  Sounds good and thank you.

In a situation like this, where we work out the timber frame design initially with the client,  we then recommend an architectural/engineering firm to design the foundation plan under our frame.  Not usually a good option for a fast track.  Once permit is in place, then the real fun can begin!

Each Project is Unique

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Each project is unique…why?

It’s just how we approach things.  Could we rebuild the same typical post and beam barn frame over and over?  We sure could, adjusting for the engineering (but, of course).  Just haven’t gone down that road….YET!

From big,

to small…

and everything in between.  It’s just how we roll.

Custom Designs, Handcrafted, High Quality Timber Frames.

Do you think we would be a good fit for your timber frame project?  Give a call 🙂 let’s talk.


North Springfield, VT 05150