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When a custom-home build comes to a close, it's often hard for the folks involved to pinpoint their favorite thing about the finished product. Not so in the case of Ron Marhofer and his Ohio timber frame.
The scene from Beau and Martha Langfitt's front porch is like something from a novel. Fields of green sway in the breeze, stretching as far as the eye can see. Livestock wander in and out of view under endless blue skies. In the center of this idyllic setting is a modest house that appears every bit at ease in its surroundings as the deer that leisurely wander its grounds.
This year, OakBridge Timber Framing is celebrating their 30th anniversary. The company has built more than 320 homes in 24 states, 2.2 million bd.ft. of timber has passed through the shop, and through their tree replenishment program, they plant about 750 trees annually.
Picture this: Breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, acres of unspoiled forestland and a scaled-down version of Niagara Falls, right in your own backyard. Sound too good to be true?
An Ohio family was so pleased with their timber frame home that they opted to build a second one in Colorado as a vacation getaway.
This Ohio couple built their escape on a hill high above nearby Columbus. They credit OakBridge Timber Framing for creating their own country haven.
Yearning for a place to unplug, meditate and pray, some people are transforming parts of their homes into houses of worship.
In the modern world of timber framing, 59-year industry veteran Andrew Miller brings things back to basics.
The team at OakBridge Timber Framing has been timber framers their whole lives – it’s quite literally a part of their culture. The Howard, OH company is a family-run Amish business – they all grew up raising frames, and have a focused passion for what they do that creates unrivaled quality.
When Johnny Miller founded OakBridge Timber Framing 26 years ago, he started with a small team of three. Today, the Amish-owned and operated company is comprised of 10 family members that have a passion for building and working together.
Johnny Miller and Levi Hostetler generate most of their business through the Internet, but they still build houses the old-fashioned way. Many of the timber frame homes their company has built over the past 35 years have been commissioned on nothing more than a verbal agreement and a handshake. And the framing members are still crafted exclusively with hand tools.
Even off-site-built (sometimes called precut) houses feature front porches as prominent features in their designs. Companies including OakBridge Timber Framing and Estemerwalt Log Homes cater to the second-home market, where the front porch spells "time to relax."
Note the OakBridge photo of a frame raising at sunrise in this section entitled “Choosing a Timber Framer” (page 23).
The retired couple (David a former engineer and Vickie a nurse) moved to Montana’s Gallatin Valley from South Carolina about six years ago, with a shared goal of building on the 5.5-acre property they had purchased in 1995. But it was David’s dream to make that home a timber frame.
When Chris and Linda Goodman finally decided to build a timber frame home, they received a recommendation for a timber framer, scribbled on scrap paper. Linda tacked the name and number up on her bulletin board at work. “I knew that some day this small piece of paper could actually represent our house,” Linda remembers.
In the early years of their marriage, Mark and Melissa Lemon purchased 11 acres in a rural wooded area with an eye to the future. They hoped the acreage, which was once farmland, would be the perfect site for a home where they could live and raise a family. Located just 60 miles south of Cleveland in the heart of Amish country, the property, although rural, is only a half mile from Fredericksburg, where Mark was raised and now owns a restaurant. Melissa also grew up in a nearby community. With many of their relatives close-by, it would be the perfect home for a family-oriented couple.
“Infused with the farm!” That’s how artist Sue Amstutz describes the concept she and her husband, Jim, brought to their drawing board when they designed their Ashland, Ohio, home.
A big appeal of timber framing for Brad and Beth Ann Johnson is the handcrafted shaping and joining of the large timbers. When they built their home in Chillicothe, Ohio, they chose Oakbridge Timber Framing because the Amish-run Howard, Ohio, company uses hand tools exclusively.