A Timber Frame Information Center
This handsome kiosk offers a dramatic focal point to a central plaza or gathering area. The compound heavy timber joinery of the hipped roof offers a rugged, grounding, and elegant aesthetic to your public space. The 64 square feet of display area could offer a wealth of information to your visitors. Perhaps this is the perfect gateway to your park or town center?
Pricing for Four-Sided Kiosks
Four-Sided Kiosk: $14,000
Note: Delivery, site preparation, and installation are not included in unit cost. Please contact us for a quote.
To order: Send us an email » or call: 802-685-7974.
Lead time: Ranges from 8 – 16 weeks depending on the season and demand.
Four-Sided Kiosk Specs
- Posts: 6×6 Black Locust, for excellent durability without using treated wood. They can either be buried in the ground (standard) or attached to concrete using metal brackets (call for pricing).
- Other Timbers: Eastern White Pine timbers used for plates, girts, rafters, and braces. All timbers secured with hardwood pegs.
- Roof Assembly: Rough sawn Pine 5/4×8 with chamfered edges, White Cedar shingles, drip edge, and copper ridge cap.
- Signboards: eight panels measuring 2’x4′ made from 3/4” tongue in groove Eastern White Cedar.
Four-Sided Kiosk Installation
The Four-Sided Kiosk is the largest kiosk we make. If your site is with 200 miles of Central Vermont, we will send a small crew to your site to install it. Using a crane or excavator, we will raise the timber frame and install the signboards in a day. Please contact us to discuss your site and we’ll be happy to put together a quote that includes delivery and installation.
The Four-Sided Kiosk can be installed with a direct burial, or onto a concrete slab. TimberHomes will supply drawings and advise your excavation contractor for site preparations. Please call to discuss.
TimberHomes can also ship you a Four-Sided Kiosk ready to be installed by your team. In this case, TimberHomes will budget for time to consult with your project managers. Please call to discuss.
We recommend calling Dig Safe to ensure that it is safe to dig in your desired location.
Standard Options for the Four-Sided Kiosk
If you’d like covers for the display area, or any other customizations, please call to discuss.
The Nature of Wood
Our products are built using natural timbers from our local forests. We strive to choose timber of the highest quality for your project. However, trees are unique and, as such, are not perfectly uniform. The wood used for our handcrafted timber frames may have knots, wormholes, blue stain, or wane. Typically none of these features pose any kind of risk to the structural integrity of your product.
The wood we use is also green (meaning recently cut) or air dried, and comes from our local sawmills. It is not kiln dried wood from a lumber yard. As green wood dries it may develop checking or cracks, it may shrink or twist, and like all of us, it will grey over time. These characteristics make natural wood products unique. None of these characteristics affect the structural integrity of the wood or the kiosk. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that you inspect your product on an annual basis for signs of deterioration, and be in touch if you have concerns.
The Black Locust Challenge
For kiosk posts that are installed directly into the ground, we have moved to using strictly Black Locust material (Robinia Pseudoacacia). Some other timber species have some natural rot resistance (white oak, cedar, etc), but locust is the incomparable gold standard. Ask any old farmer. However, it typically does not grow very straight, which makes getting a 12’ long kiosk post difficult, and meaning that our kiosk posts are almost guaranteed to have some of the defects listed above. We have chosen to value the longevity of the product over a straight-grained, knot free look.
Kiosk Post Care/Inspection
We strongly recommend installing your kiosk post into a tube, such as a culvert or even a Sonotube. With ideally 3-6” of gravel at the bottom of your hole, install the tube at the prescribed post center and lightly back fill with the native soil. Install the kiosk posts/display assembly into the tubes. After the unit is leveled and plumbed, use clean gravel to backfill the post. Be sure to keep the gravel around the post bottoms clear of soil and other organic matter. Doing so should ensure decades of service from your kiosk.
We strongly recommend that the posts bottoms are inspected annually. If your organization has an annual maintenance check list, please add kiosk inspection to the list.