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Re-claimed timber design and construction is a unique construction type for which we offer complete Architectural design/build services. We are AIA members staffed to produce complete architectural drawings. Designing and building projects from concept to completion is an exciting way for us to explore the large number of options available in a re-purposed custom space. Here are the basic steps a project follows:


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Step 1: Select your timber frame

Each barn in our inventory has a unique history, size and look. Our timber-framing crew includes experienced craftsman skilled at modifying timber frames. While the restoration process allows much flexibility, a selected frame introduces certain givens for how we are going to approach the overall design. For instance, there might be specific markings on the frame we want to showcase or specific timbers that should frame a key space.

On the other hand, your general design might be more flexible and your barn selection driven by the history behind the frame, where it was found, or what species of wood the beams are. So, we have found that selecting the right frame is the best place to start the process.

As we become engaged in the many facets of the building you want to complete, we can begin making frame recommendations, while advising you of a particular frame’s, history, origin, and modification options.


Step 2: Program your Building

Once a timber frame is selected our design team meets with you to consider your space needs, space relationships, the unique frame features, and modification options. Sometimes the complete design may be fully contained inside the limits of your historic frame. Other times we’ll incorporate a number of conventionally framed additions into the design to offer additional spaces the frame on its own doesn’t accommodate. This step defines the over-all exterior form of the building early in the process. Your involvement is critical and guides us in reaching design solutions that ultimately meet your needs.


Step 3: Material Selection

In custom architecture, available materials have seemly endless options. So, we try to determine at a performance level the exterior materials as they affect important structural and architectural construction assemblies. We produce exterior renderings of your building to help visualize the final product as part of our standard design process.

As we wrap up the design phase of the project, the building must harmonize architecturally, structurally, mechanically, and environmentally as well as it looks.

We develop final construction drawings as you solidify materials selections and approve the final building form.


Step 4: Building your Development

As a General Contractor, your design team is feeding you current construction pricing through-out the design process, so you’re equipped to make educated design decisions effectively avoiding a budget crisis at any point in the design or construction phases. Key areas of interest are pre-determined in order to offer appropriate budgets to the areas most important to you.

Our construction team works inside the budget and offers weekly updates in cost and work progress through an interactive area of our website that allows you convenient access to current pictures, drawings, contracts, and costs; and gives you the control to allow access to family and friends as momentum builds to see your project come to final completion.

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