Timber frames have a long and storied history of use that developed independently in multiple parts of the world. In fact, the traditional mortise and tenon style timber joinery has been identified at Archeological sites in Germany and carbon dated back to over 7,000 years old! Similar ancient technology flourished in China and Japan and that tradition remains strong though the modern day. Popularized by the Romans, timber frames became a mainstay of Medieval Europe, and eventually the methods were brought over to North America where a rich timber framing tradition put down roots here in New England.
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.
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. We proudly utilize the true post and beam, mortise and tenon and hardwood peg, hand-cut joinery method in order to preserve the tradition and offer the most authentic timber frames possible, all while exceeding modern standards.
Why Work With Us?
Vermont Frames specializes in producing traditional and affordable timber frames. The year 2016 marks 40 years of Vermont Frames making dreams become a reality. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Vermont Frames provides a full range of design/build services. In addition to our experienced, technical team, we work with several architects that offer complete architectural services that can help turn your ideas into working home plans.
Our homes are typically constructed with softwood – eastern white pine, douglas fir, hemlock or southern pine that complement our “big beam” framing style. Our timber connections are handcrafted mortise and tenon joinery with hardwood pegs.
Energy Efficient Building
Structural Insulated Panels form an uninterrupted insulating blanket with an R-value much greater than that of conventional walls with fiberglass insulation. Timber frame buildings can be enclosed in a modern, more cost-effective way with our SIPs.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is managed by Jim Giroux who has been with the company for over 30 years and they are overseen by our shop foreman, Andy Kidder, who has crafted timber frames for over 21 years. In addition, many of our experienced framers have over 20 years in the business and have constructed over 1200 frames.
Affordable timber frame homes and structures are attainable with any size budget. Whether you are looking for a multi bedroom home for a growing family, a single floor retirement home, or the perfect barn for your workshop or studio, we can accommodate you.
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS
Our sister company, Foam Laminates of Vermont, manufactures Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for enclosing and efficiently insulating your timber frame. Having the frames and panels all in one building allows for easy planning and coordination.
Browse Project Galleries
Browse through examples of various timber frame installations. From Dutch Saltbox Timber Frames to Summer Camps to Commercial Buildings, we have the perfect timber frame solution for your next residential or commercial project.
I would like to compliment both your timber framers and SIP installers for their excellent work. Both crews led by Tom performed very, very well.
Gene S. Hall