Overview of the Design/Build Process:
issues confront many clients at the start of the building process.
Architectural drawings can be an important part of the construction
process. Drawings are devices with which to develop and refine the
building design. Banks and building departments often require drawings
for review. Cost estimates can be accurately figured from complete
drawings and they help insure accuracy and quality in construction.
Davis Weigand of Timberworks
Design has been working with Vermont Frame's clients developing
design and drawing packages at a reasonable cost for the past four
Many of our clients come to us with a good idea of what they wish
to build. Vermont Frames and Foam Laminates of Vermont are happy
to provide quotations for your plans and ideas before the final
design process begins. Doing this will help establish some budgetary
numbers and may affect the design process. When you have established
an architectural plan; either on your own, with another designer,
or through purchased plans, the next step is frame design. Vermont
Frames requires $250.00 for frame design in most cases. This amount
is applied toward the total project cost. As an alternative, if
you are confident of your desire to build with us, a 10% scheduling
deposit will cover the frame design fees and assure your spot in
our production schedule. Our frame design is a joint effort between
Jim Giroux and Davis Weigand. It has often proven beneficial to
have Timberworks influence in the architectural design process.
the architectural drawings we will provide quotations for fully
assembled frames and kit frames to be erected by a local crew. When
purchasing a kit you will need to hire one of our framers as a technical
supervisor. The working supervisor will be equipped with the special
tools required for the frame raising. All frame erections will require
the use of a crane. Crane costs are not included in our quotations.
When the frame design is finalized, Foam Laminates of Vermont will
complete a panel layout drawing, establish a contract cost and arrange
for installation if desired. Panel installation is most often completed
by your local builder. Our
installation manual and phone support has been formatted for the
first time panel user. Foam Laminates of Vermont offers a technical
supervisor in the same manner as Vermont Frames for those who want
on site support.
The Foundation: The key to a long lasting home is a good
foundation. From the working drawings, the footings and foundation
walls can be poured properly. The General Contractor oversees this
The Deck: Typically, a conventionally framed deck (building
material of choice, i.e. dimensional lumber, engineered lumber,
steel) is used as the first floor and the base
for your timber frame. Solid blocking under post locations and foundation
anchors are used to tie the frame in. Again the General Contractor
is responsible for building this.
The Frame: From ordinary pieces of wood, our skilled craftsmen
create highly precise members of your timber frame home. Each piece
is cut from a set of computer generated shop drawings to ensure
accuracy. The members are assembled on site.