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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.
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.
Howard, Ohio – OakBridge Timber Framing Ltd., based here, pre-cuts and installs timber frame homes. Established in 1986 by Johnny Miller and Levi Hochstetler, the company is comprised of three generations of an Amish family.
Johnny Miller, the owner of OakBridge Timber Framing, has been timber framing since his late teens. He grew up in an Amish community, where the pace of life was slow and the main occupation was farming.
It's easy to romanticize Amish entrepreneurs, imagining them running a business by candlelight. Actually, many Amish businesses do have power -- they just generally find some form of alternate energy to power their store's lights or credit card processing machine, like wind turbines or solar energy panels. Some even have websites.
Tucked on a township road so remote it is hardly noticed is a company with a national scope. Oakbridge Timber Framing Ltd. produces handcrafted oak framing materials as a primary subcontractor for home builders.
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."
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.
“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.
When Charles Keeling decided to build a new home on a west-facing hill above Cornville, he wanted his home to last for a long time, as well as be a beautiful, solidly-built place to live. He decided to use an alternative form of home building – solid oak timber framing – built by people with a long standing tradition of erecting buildings using oak frames.
GRACE LEMASTERS has been busy planting seedlings in the greenhouse all morning. Like her husband, Jim Lockey, who is still out on the couple’s tree farm, you can usually find her puttering here or outside in their perennial gardens situated on 133 rolling Ohio acres.
When Greg and Beth Bookwalter were considering a new home, they immediately thought of Greg’s office. It was enveloped in timber framing. The entire building, in fact, was distinguished by an intricate maze of wooden posts and beams. It made going to work a pleasant experience for Greg each day.
The Pagosa Springs region of southwestern Colorado is home to the largest and hottest geothermal mineral springs in the country. With the springs bubbling up from far below the surface, and mountain peaks rising thousands of feet above it, the area draws attention.