• We believe that timber framing is one of the smartest investments a person can make when it comes to their homes.
On average, timber framed homes hold between 25-30% more value than conventionally built, modern homes.
• Timber framed structures are inherently stronger than conventional buildings.
They use massive, oversized beams that can handle heavy snow loads or high winds.
When pressure is exerted by winds, the entire structure is engaged in a series of supports that inhibit damage and
contribute to their immense longevity.
• Timber framed structures are made with no nails, or bolts, which attract moisture when the air becomes warmer than
the metal due to condensation. Over twenty or thirty years, the wood around metal inserts into a beam begins to
desintegrate, thus rendering the bolt, screw, plate or nail useless and prone to failure.
• If wooden pegs are used, the frame does not attract moisture and will remain intact for several hundred years,if the roof
and siding is maintained at regular intervals.
• Your house isn't held together with just wire. Think about it. In conventional, modern construction, nails are used
everywhere, and they are just pieces of wire with a point and a head on them. They don't last.
Not for hundreds of years. This means your house that is conventionally framed will eventually be just balanced and held
together by habit, but not any kind of structural support. That's not good in eighty years.
Heck, I have done rennovations on houses that were build in the 1950s that had nails that were completely rusted away. Not very encouraging!
• If you think of the longevity of a frame over it's likely lifespan of even a hundred years, (they can last 200 to 300 years
old and longer too!) where your children and grandchildren might enjoy it through the generations, the cost of the frame
per year becomes quite an excellent value!
(Example: A large house frame that is $35,000, if spread out over 100 years, is only $350 per year!)
You probably won't be able to get a hundred year mortgage, though! Sorry! Banks have no sense of vision.
• Timber framed structures are natural and sustainable. They are cut from local lumber, using woods that grow back
quickly, often as soon as 30-40 years. They are not clear cut like the mountain top removal or clear cut process found
in logging practices on the West Coast, where most building supply wood is sourced.
• It also doesn't need to be shipped 3,000 miles to reach our workshop, and this saves oil, fossil fuels, time and energy.
• They also provide work and wages for Amish and local sawmills in rural upstate New York, thus helping the local economy
in ways that are recycled through the community five or six times, as beam costs pay for labor and wages, which buy
food, tools, fuel, clothing and other goods, from local businesses, who in turn, spend that money to pay their own
employee wages, and so forth. The impact is greatly felt with every frame purchased.
Our Philosophy is simple:
Create something that lasts.
Make it beautiful.
Take only what you need.
Infuse your work with positive energy.
Create homes, not just buildings.
Enjoy the process.
Learn as you go.
Always strive to get better.