Posts Tagged ‘Residential Project’

The Buildup of a Project

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

We get projects in of all shapes and sizes.  The information that we receive from the client also ranges from a full set of construction drawings to hand sketches and images.  How does the information we receive become a building?  Here is a little sample of what drawings we receive and how we can make it into a timber frame building.

In an e-mail we were given the overall dimensions of the building; length and width.  The location was also provided and we know how important that information is.  We were also given the side wall height and the roof slope, along with this picture.

This is an image of a barn that the client liked and want something similar.  We then take this information and it goes to the estimator.  The estimator looks at the information and ask questions like what material is the project going to be cut from and do they have a bay size preference.  The they estimate the cost of the timber frame and put together preliminary sketch together.

Once the preliminary sketches are completed, and the bid becomes an actual project, the client needs to make note of any changes that they would like.  This information, the material list from the bid, and the preliminary sketches is then drawn in a 3D drafting program and the design begins.  The program allows us to produce 3D-pdf’s for the client to review as well as 2D drawings for construction purposes.

Then this is what the final frame looks like.


Why does it matter where the windows are?

April 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Window and door opening or fenestrations, where they are located and their sizes do affect the design of a structure.  How much it affects your structure depends on where your project is located.

How exactly do these affect the structure?  Structural engineers need to design for either wind or seismic forces.  Depending on your location one of these will control and that is the one that needs to be designed for.

We are going to kick off with wind loadings.  When wind blows on a structure it exerts a force.  This force affects the building in several different ways.  First up is uplift which occurs at the roof.  When the wind blows it can create an upward force on the roof, even on enclosed structures.  This force can lift the roof off of a house if the roof is not properly attached to rest of the building.  On open structures, like picnic pavilions, the roof acts like a kite, a large kite but still a kite that catches the wind and this is also an uplift example.

The next is racking which is caused when the wind blows on the side wall of a building and the building leans to one side.  This leaning is what we call racking.  If there is too much racking in a building the window tolerance can be overcome and they can crack.  The last two are sliding and overturning of the building.  These are more self explanatory.  Both of these forces are countered by proper attachment of the building to the foundation.

In typical wood frame construction, diaphragms of plywood or decking, studs or joists, and nailing are used to transfer these forces around and through the building.  The window and door locations affect these systems as well as openings in the floor for stairs.  If too much of the plywood is removed other systems may need to be added to the building.  Some options that an engineer might use are drag struts and moment frames.  In some instances metal straps and fasteners can be used to help resolve the force transfers between diaphragms or where loads have concentrated down to the foundation.

It is important that the window and door location are known.  There isn’t as much concern with smaller windows but if a wall is going to be basically glass then that will be an important consideration to take into the design process.

Timber Frame Garage and More

December 14, 2011 2 comments

This timber frame is ready to go…2 tractor trailer loads, lots of timbers, beautiful design.

Timber Frame Garage & More
Must get organized…


Ok, check…Ties? Where are the ties?

Oh, there they are, good.  Joists are all set also, excellent.

Hi Josh!  It must be break time.

Posts?  I know there are more posts…not to worry.

Each timber is carefully labeled (very important).  Our client’s general contractor and his crew will be raising this timber frame.  We often travel for the raising, but  not in this case.  Only a site-super will be needed.  (Vermont Timber Works is flexible…well, about some things)!

Timber Homes

Timber Homes and Custom Designs.

That is what Vermont Timber Works is all about!

Whether you are interested in a typical barn frame, something more elaborate or just timber trusses.  We design and build to suit your needs.

Vermont Timber Works, Inc


The Livin’ is Easy

July 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Country Home

Country living…ahhh. I feel a warm breeze and, oh, that sunshine…not. It’s raining buckets at Vermont Timber Works.

Warm Interior

Pull up a chair. Let me fix you a cup of mint tea. Hot fritters are on the stove.

Timber Beams

I’ll bet your cat would love that sturdy wood railing. Feel like walking in circles?

FrameTo start with you need a frame, built with ‘most excellent’ trusses. We can do that.

Hand Hewn Timber Frame Home

Hand Hewn Timber Frame

Custom designs for your unique timber frame home.  Sound like a good idea?  Of course.  You want hand hewn timbers?  We are fine with that.  You want a gambrel roof system and a timber porch?  We can do.  Big time snow load or hurricane alley, our engineer can handle it. Right PJZ?

Timber Frame Home

Vermont Timber Works, Inc.



A Timber Frame Home

June 28, 2009 2 comments

Timber Frame Home

The timber frame home is something very special.  Especially when custom designed, engineered and handcrafted just for you.  Want one?  802.886.1917  Vermont Timber Works, INC.