Timber Frame addition in the Berkshires

October 28, 2013

Timberhomes recently got the privilege of cutting a new frame for a former client. John Hitt, whose cottage in Otis, MA was built by Timberhomes’ Josh Jackson in 2006 was ready for an addition. The addition was also designed by Josh, and was cut in the Vershire shop. It includes English Tying joints at the post-tie-plate intersection and three pairs of bookmatched, curved cherry braces. The rest of the frame is cut from Eastern White Pine with hand-riven ash and oak pegs.

A happy crew in the Berkshire sun on the job site of a timber frame addition

Crew and crane at rest with the frame firmly planted

Sean, Shannon and Matt packed up the frame and drove it down to this stunning site bordering the Berkshires and the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Two days gave us plenty of time to transport the frame, check out the foundation and do the necessary site work to prepare for the raising, erect the timbers, and pack up and go home. The frame was finished with structural insulated panels on the roof and walls. Our crew of three was joined by Bill and Bruce, two local carpenters who will complete the site work, and the Heartwood School‘s four apprentices plus the school director. It was a great help to have these additional hands guiding timbers as the crane operator flew them into position. John and his family will be ready to stretch out into their new addition soon.

Sunlight streams into the fully enclosed timber frame addition

Braces reach skyward for the summer sun

structural insulated panels enclose this timber frame addition

Fully enclosed addition with metal roof.