Timber Frame Escape from the Summer Heat

September 16, 2018

The Vershire shop manager Sam Heidenreich decided after June’s 90 degree days to make his nights more comfortable. He then commenced to design and cut a 10’x12′ “Summer Bedroom” king post timber frame in his after hours. On September 9th, friends and family came together to raise the structure. Though the air has now changed, and the outdoor sleeping quarters may not see much use this year, he’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature sends his way next year.

Using largely rejected White Oak timbers from TimberHomes’ “bone pile”, Sam painstakingly jointed, resawed, laid out and cut the posts, plates, braces, rafters, and girts from stock which would have usually ended up in the firewood pile. Using a combination of mortice and tenon joinery and simple “screwed” connections, the three bent structure was raised without a hitch. Noteworthy was the participation of Sam’s daughters and other young friends which constituted a rather large gaggle of young timber-framers-in-the-making!

With the timber frame up, attention was turned towards the installation of two layers of 1″ rough cut roof boards and then channel drain roofing metal. Eventually Sam will side the bedroom with 1″ Pine boards and battens. The upper portions of the outside walls will be covered with custom screen panels to allow air in and to keep the mosquitoes out.