In Their Words: Jim and Pam, Homeowners, Husum, WA

When the lot faces south and the view is of Mount Hood, only great design should result. The 3,600 square foot home encompasses one floor living with a tower room for getting away and a garden level for guests. Natural material, intimate volumes, and local craftsmanship make living here easy.

Jim and Pam, the homeowners, wrote:

“It has been a great ride! Once we got into the timber raising, your crew showed their colors. They were fun to watch and talk to – a great bunch. What a good adventure for us…wow, it is a real cool house. I will cut this short since I could go on and on – thanks for your passion and help and guidance.”

Read the entire case study on Cascade Range Outlook here.

Photos by Loren Nelson.

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Find the Beetle: Residential Car Barn, Great Falls, VA

This week, our beetle was in Great Falls, VA assisting in raising a residential timber frame car barn. The 100′ x 60′ glulam king post structure will have a SIP roof enclosure with some beams that stretch over 64′. The material is Douglas fir glulams, conventionally kiln dried to create 60′ open span trusses. So far, there have been six purlin assemblies and the first four bents are erected.

Our West Coast timber frame champion Mike informed us that the starter bent truss weighed over 11,000 pounds and it was lifted without any struggle. It was “a thing of beauty”.

The architects of this project are Anderson Cooper Group Architects and Ehlert Bryan. The builder is BOWA Builders, Inc.

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Find the Beetle: Finger Lakes Museum, Branchport, NY

We installed a new reclaimed barn for the Finger Lakes Museum at their new campus in Branchport, NY. Despite a few new rafters, the majority of the reclaimed barn was reused for the new structure. The new-old barn will serve as the Creekside Center – a kayak and canoe livery that will enable visitors to enjoy a wetland wildlife experience from waters-eye-perspective.

Follow the beetle’s trail by visiting the site at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY.

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A Spring Full of Reclaimed Timbers

Reclaimed timbers bring additional texture, aesthetic, and a unique history to every project. This Summer, we’ll be raising residential and commercial timber frames crafted of reclaimed timbers across Upstate NY.

“Reclaimed wood is a top choice for timber frame projects as it is inherently more stable than fresh cut wood. In addition, the history and character in reclaimed timbers is unmatched – clients particularly enjoy the story of their frame,” explains Eric Fraser, Timber Frame Manager.

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The antique timbers used in our projects are salvaged by our sister company, Pioneer Millworks, from industrial and agricultural structures that have outlived their use and are slated for deconstruction.

Reclaimed timbers are part of our culture and history, our team understands antique wood and how to use it to the best of its potential, from our design group, to our engineers, to our joiners and timberwrights. For nearly 30 years, we’ve been crafting frames with timbers salvaged by our sister company, Pioneer Millworks, from outdated agricultural and industrial buildings.

Antique timbers can be difficult to source, like finding a gem in the rough, and challenging to work with due to existing mortise pockets and old artifacts like nails or bolts. Though challenging, the signs of previous life add to the visual appeal, character not found in fresh sawn timbers. Hand-hewn surfaces of old agricultural timbers are often left intact, even using original mortise and tenon joinery where the design allows.

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An added benefit of reclaimed timbers is their stability. Any checking or twisting of the old timbers happened decades ago as they spent those years experiencing fluctuating temperatures and exposure to air and moisture changes while drying to a consistent, low moisture level.

The Olsen family’s reclaimed Douglas fir timber frame home will be raised this Summer. Timber Home Living Magazine will cover the story of this home from ground breaking to completion.

The Olsen family’s reclaimed Douglas fir timber frame home will be raised this Summer. Timber Home Living Magazine will cover the story of this home from ground breaking to completion.

Timber Home Living Magazine will be documenting each step in the design/build process for the Olsen family’s reclaimed Douglas fir timber frame home in Austerlitz, NY. Online and print articles will cover the project starting with architectural planning, to the frame raising, to enclosure, to completion. The Douglas fir timbers for this project were reclaimed from dilapidated industrial buildings including Myrtle Creek and Union Underwear as well as a military facility in Pine Valley, NY. We anticipate raising the frame for this project in July 2014.

We will be re-raising the reclaimed timbers at the FLM’s Discovery Campus this summer.

We will be re-raising the reclaimed timbers at the FLM’s Discovery Campus this summer.

Residential homes aren’t the only projects that are using reclaimed timbers. Commercial clients are also telling a story through their structures by incorporating reclaimed wood. Lyons National Bank is opening a new branch in Canandaigua, NY which will feature reclaimed Douglas fir salvaged from a manufacturing building in Albion, NY.

The Finger Lakes Museum at the Discovery Campus in Branchport, NY will use a mixture of timbers reclaimed from a Wisconsin barn to form a new museum building. We will re-raise the frame this month.

Steamboat Landing's Cove Restaurant was designed as a time frame which we crafted from reclaimed Douglas fir timbers that were originally part of the circa 1900s Welland Canal. The Landing is being repurposed and the timbers will find new life as a winery for Point of the Bluff Vineyards.

Steamboat Landing’s Cove Restaurant was designed as a time frame which we crafted from reclaimed Douglas fir timbers that were originally part of the circa 1900s Welland Canal. The Landing is being repurposed and the timber will find new life as a winery for Point of the Bluff Vineyards.

Point of the Bluff Vineyard in Hammondsport, NY is re-using a storied timber frame we deconstructed/reclaimed from Steamboat Landing in Canandaigua, NY. The re-purposed frame will be raised in late July.

Many of the timber frame raisings will be open to the public. Please let us know if you’d like to attend.