DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS

Working with Vermont Frames: The rich beauty of natural wooden beams will add warmth to your home

Vermont Frames has specialized in the construction of quality traditional timber frame structures since 1975. Our frames are hand-cut from rugged Eastern White Pine, Eastern Hemlock, Douglas Fir and a variety of other species. Our "big timber" style of timber frames utilizing mortise and tenon joinery provides your structure with infinite strength and beauty.

Vermont Frames and our associated sister company, Foam Laminates of Vermont, offer a full range of services. Vermont Frames specializes in the design, fabrication, and erection of your timber frame structure. Foam Laminates of Vermont specializes in the design, manufacturing, and installation of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to enclose and insulate your timber frame. Timberworks Design offers pre-designed or custom plans drawn by experienced architect Davis Weigand.

Overview of the Design and Build Process:

A nice application of Timber trusses over conventional constructionAt the beginning of the building process, you may be confronted with design choices such as where to place stairs, doors and windows, or deciding on building and room sizes. Clients have found that architectural drawings are a very important tool to develop and refine the building design. Complete drawings result in a better cost estimate and ensure accuracy and quality of construction. Banks and building departments often require architectural drawings for review. In association with Vermont Frames for over 15 years, architect Davis Weigand of Timberworks Design can develop design and drawing packages for you at a reasonable rate.

Many clients come to us initially with only a simple idea of what they want to build. Vermont Frames and Foam Laminates of Vermont are happy to provide a cost estimate which can better aid you in developing your idea and determining your final design plans. Once you have established an architectural plan, we can start designing the timber frame structure. Typically, Vermont Frames requires $250 for the timber frame design which will be applied to your total cost. Alternatively, if you are confident in your desire to build with us, a 10% (of the timber frame cost) scheduling deposit will cover the timber frame design fee and ensure your spot in our production schedule. Our frame design is a joint effort between Jim Giroux, The rich beauty of natural wooden beams will add warmth to your homePresident and Paul Gund, head timber frame designer.

From the architectural drawings we will provide quotations for both fully assembled frames, and kit frames to be erected by a local crew. When purchasing a kit frame, you will need to hire one of our framers to be on-site as a technical supervisor. The working technical 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.

Frame members being assembled on-site using traditional methodsWhen the timber frame design is finalized, Foam Laminates of Vermont will complete a Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) layout drawing, establish a contract cost and arrange for installation if desired. Mark Driscoll, Vice President and Kyle Delabruere, Project Manager will guide you with your SIP's project. Panel installation can be completed either by your local builder or commonly by our expert panel installation crew. Foam Laminates of Vermont offers an on-site technical supervisor in the same manner as Vermont Frames for those who want on-site support.


On-Site Process:

The key to a long lasting home is a good foundation. From the working drawings, the footings and foundation can be poured properly. The General Contractor oversees this operation.

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 as the base for your timber frame structure. Solid blocking under post locations and foundation anchors are used to tie the frame in. The General Contractor is responsible for building this.

The Frame: From milled timbers, our skilled craftsmen hand cut extremely precise members for your timber frame structure. Each piece is cut using computer generated shop drawings to ensure accuracy.

Frame subassemblies are hoisted into place on-site by craneThe Assembly: The timber frame erection process is one of the most awe-inspiring construction methods commonly used today. Our timber framing crews transform the pre-cut timber frame members into artful structures built to last generations. Simply put, the frame itself is a magnificent site. We proudly utilize the true post and beam mortise & tenon and peg hand-cut joinery method.

The Enclosure: There are various methods for enclosing a timber frame, but none are as cost effective and energy efficient as using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). When you pair the timeless beauty of timber framing with SIP construction, you get a green and sustainable building by using products that are renewable, provide long-term energy efficiency and will maintain structural integrity far longer than a typical stick frame building. By their nature, timber frames are green, and when insulated with SIPs you create a high R-value and reduce air infiltration heat loss which is extremely important to sustainability. The continuous line of insulation provided by SIPs creates a tight and very energy efficient building.

Structural insulated panels are assembled to the frame to form the energy efficient shellThe Exterior: Your local builder will install your selection of siding, roofing, windows and doors. This process is simple when SIPs are used.

The Interior: This is where your structure becomes your home, studio, camp, office, community area, or barn. With your open floor plan, lots of natural light, and the beauty and warmth of the exposed wood, you will feel completely content and comfortable in your new surroundings.


Frame members being precision cut in Vermont Frames' facility
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