Sweeping Views and Gusting Wind: Raising the Barn in Colorado

newemailblast_12-2-16-aJim & Rebecca came to us with a dream for a timber frame barn that would be a centerpiece to their hilltop property in Castle Rock, CO. What a spot to call home! Our timber frame team arrived from Oregon to spend three weeks on-site raising the frame and enclosing the barn – all while soaking in the scenery.

20161004_18001620161005_174805Over the next few weeks, the team learned that Jim had fallen in love with timber frames in Ohio and made it a goal to call one his own. That’s our kinda’ goal; our thanks to Jim & Rebecca for enlisting us to build this 80′ by 32′ rough sawn Douglas fir timber frame barn.

20161006_1814061The barn doesn’t use any true trusses, but has plenty of traditional mortise and tenon joinery crafted in our McMinnville, OR shop by Darren, Mike, Jimmy, Todd, and David. A clerestory brings light into the structure while a ‘tower’ adds dynamic space.

20161010_07221720161013_094800Dynamic = dramatic, right? With regular wind gusting upwards of 120 mph on the hilltop, the team tells us (with their usual aplomb) there were a few interesting days. We can only imagine that flying structural insulated panels (SIPs) to enclose the frame while the wind whipped was quite a challenge. Extra straps, extra patience, and extra vigilance were certainly required. The SIP walls are 6.5″ achieving an R value near R28 while the 10 1/4″ roof SIPs achieve R42. Overall the enclosure is rated to handle those +120 mph winds.

 

fb_img_1476499532850On a free weekend, Mike, Darren, Todd, and Jimmy visited past clients in Estes Park, CO.

20161009_170125We know it can be hard to turn these congenial guys away, and John & Cindy went beyond to welcome them. They were even treated to a tour of the home and the entertainment of local wildlife.

An unexpected drop-in was met with smiles and a tour of John and Cindy's timber frame home. (Gosh we have wonderful clients! Or 'lovely folks' as Mike described.)

An unexpected drop-in was met with smiles, snacks, and a tour of John and Cindy’s timber frame home. (Gosh we have wonderful clients! Or, as Mike described them, “lovely folks”.)

Back at Jim & Rebecca’s the team finished the enclosure, complete with gable walls that extend higher than the roof, and give the barn a distinct look. The barn will function as part garage, part housing, with a full in-law suite on the upper level.

20161015_155103We’re looking forward to visiting Jim & Rebecca in 2017 and we’ll be sure to grab some images of the completed barn. We’d also like to note that the design for the barn was done by Kathy Eichelberger Jones, AIA of ArchStyle, Inc.

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Mike models a Superman t-shirt, a fun gift from a vendor, while installing t&g on the barn roof.

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The crew arrives on site during a foggy morning.

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The pre-assembled bents sitting on the barn foundation give a sense of just how large the structure will be once raised.

Built to Last – Part 3 in the Welcome Home Series

Timber Home Living magazine continues coverage of the Olsen family home, a reclaimed timber frame raised in 2014. Progress on the home continues as our construction team encloses the frame with high efficiency SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) and our Matrix Wall:

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