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A Timber Home Haven in a Hayfield

A Timber Home Haven in a Hayfield

Log & Timber Home Living

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...

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North Carolina Mountainside Retreat

North Carolina Mountainside Retreat

One Kindesign

This spectacular mountainside retreat was built by OakBridge Timber Framing, nestled on an 8-acre property near Sapphire, North Carolina. This unique dwelling graces a hillside, designed so that every room overlooks a majestic...

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The Condit Project

The Condit Project

Dwell

New and old come together seamlessly in this unique home from OakBridge Timber Framing. Built to incorporate a beautiful old farm granary (red section, originally located on another part of the property)...

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How 6 progressive builders are navigating today's market challenges

How 6 progressive builders are navigating today's market challenges

BUILDER Magazine

No builder is keenly more aware of the continued importance of the outdoor experience than Johnny Miller, owner of Howard, Ohio–based OakBridge Timber Framing. The family-­run Amish business has seen a significant...

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Designer Must-Haves for Farmhouse Modern Decor

Designer Must-Haves for Farmhouse Modern Decor

Redfin

Nowadays it's almost impossible to search for home design inspo without coming across the simple and sleek aesthetic of modern farmhouse styling. Harnessing country elements with a contemporary spin...

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Timber Home Living article

Transforming a Pool House with Traditional Timber Framing

Residential Products Online

The Paschke Pool House project went through what OakBridge Timber Framing calls the company’s “dream process.” Oakbridge starts with planning and design, then manufacturing, transportation, raising the frame, and the last step, the dream realized...

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Timber Home Living article

Timber-Framed Dream Shop

WOOD

In a southern Ohio backyard. a copper-roofed stucture clad in stone invites you to come in and relax by the fireplace under the vaulted ceiling. The craftsmanship of an Amish timber-framing company wows guests-and provides the perfect setting for Marc...

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Timber Home Living article

A Farmhouse Kitchen With Modern-Rustic Style

Timber Home Living

This rustic kitchen is layered with just the right mix of clean, bright details and rustic texture. Here are six smart ideas worth stealing from this modern-meets-rustic farmhouse kitchen: 1. Rough-hewn, white oak timber posts and beams frame the border between the kitchen and...

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Popular Mechanics article

How To Build a Timber Frame Shed That Will Outlast You

Popular Mechanics

In 1989, my father-in-law taught me to smoke meats and cheeses. I was a timber frame builder—I have my own company, called OakBridge Timber Framing—and I wanted a home project to help me unwind in the evenings and on weekends. I combined my passion for building with the skills my father-in-law had...

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Deck magazine article

Verhoff Residence

Archello

Timber framed homes provide benefits that surpass what stick-framed construction can provide. These benefits (and more) are why so many choose this practical construction method when it’s time to build their dream home. Our precision old world mortise and tenon craftsmanship is done by hand...

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Mohican Area Times-Shopper article

Area woman designs home on cover of Timber Home Living

Mohican Area Times-Shopper

Sue Amstutz was thrilled to check her mail recently and find the cover of "Timber Home Living" magazine showcases a home that she designed. The Ashland resident has been designing custom homes for Schrock Premier Construction in Loudonville for 10 years and also Oakbridge Timber Framing, also in...

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Timber Home Living article

Crowd Pleaser: Blessings multiply at an Ohio vacation home

Timber Home Living

Sue and Gary Potts didn't have to look far to find the perfect spot for their waterfront getaway. They already owned a home on Ohio's Apple Valley Lake when the empty lot next door went up for sale. "We originally bought it so that no one else would build on it it," Sue recalls. The couple enjoyed...

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Deck magazine article

Top 5 Thoughtfully Updated Farmhouses and Barns of the Week

Dwell

From the builder: "This custom timber-framed barn has quite a few surprises inside—it's designed specifically to house a wood shop and party barn, as well as a space for beekeeping materials and a root cellar. It's ideal for entertaining—and the beautiful craftsmanship inspires beautiful hobby...

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Deck magazine article

A Timber-Frame Pavilion Crafted in the Amish Tradition

Professional Deck Builder

Dozens of tough hickory pegs pin together the mortise-and-tenon joints used in the construction of this 18-foot-by-19-foot timber-frame pavilion, located on Lake McClintock in Lima, Ohio. But hidden in the white-oak frame is a single peg made of purpleheart (a tough, colorful hardwood also known as amaranth)...

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Modern Timber frame home article

Seven Timber Frame Homes that Exemplify the Modern Farmhouse Look

Builder

Across the country, timber frame builders construct homes using building techniques that allow wood frames to be left exposed. The construction practice gives a home a country feel, and an ideal place to incorporate elements from the current farmhouse trend. Check out the design style in various rooms, such as entryways, great rooms, kitchens, and baths below...

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Timber frame barn at Last Chance Corral featured

Last Chance Corral

The Athens Messenger

In June, the recovery barn at Last Chance Corral was destroyed by a large tree that smashed through the roof, threatening the lives (both equine and human) within the barn. Inside the barn was Victoria Goss, who runs the foal rescue. She credits the old wooden barn with saving her life. Six months later, the barn is finally ready to be a shelter again for young horses. The new barn is ready just in time for...

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A Rich History timber frame home article

A Rich History

Log & Timber Home Planner

Warmth and wonder. It's seldom these two words are used together to describe a building, but it's the recurring sentiment evoked by a timber frame home. Modern timber frames embody the ideal of craftsmanship and attention to detail, paired with materials hand-selected to suit the structure and reflect the setting.

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Rebuilt Timber frame horse barn

A Damaged Horse Barn Gets a Timber Frame Makeover

Timber Home Living

After tragedy struck a local rescue's horse barn, Oak Bridge Timber Framing came in to save the day. Oak Bridge Timber Framing, is a company based in Loudonville, Ohio that runs their business philosophy on faith, family and community. Despite their national success, they haven't forgotten what they stand for. This family-run, three-generation-business was raised on helping those around them.

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Last Chance Timber Frame horse barn rebuilt

Last Chance barn gets another chance with help from Amish-owned company

The Athens News

The barn had been crushed by a large tree that was struck by lightning during a major storm in late June (thankfully, none of the people, horses or other animals at Last Chance were injured in that incident).

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Last Chance Corral Horse Barn Rebuilt

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Helping Horses

Horsemen's Corral

The owners of the Last Chance Corral in Athens, Ohio, are usually the ones who do the rescuing: they're a charity devoted to the rehabilitation, recovery, and adoption of orphaned, abandoned, and abused foals, ponies, and horses. But after a storm rolled through in late June, it was now their time to be rescued.

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Timber Home Living Rustic Home

Following Fate's Lead

Timber Home Living

With one-part luck and one-part planning, a small-town Ohio couple brings a welcoming and peaceful perspective to their retirement retreat.

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Last Chance Corral's historic barn makeover

A new chance for Last Chance Corral's historic barn

The Athens Messenger

One Tuesday night in late June, Victoria Goss hurried to put her horses to bed before a storm rolled into the area. She settled the horses into one of the barns at her foal rescue, Last Chance Corral. That barn is known as the Rescue Barn because of its larger stalls.

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Last Chance Corral's historic horse barn rebuilt

Enriching Community Through Craft

Timber Framers Guild

Crew members from Oakbridge Timber Framing stepped up to help the Last Chance Corral, after a giant tree fell and crushed one of their barns. The Last Chance Corral is a charity devoted to the rehabilitation, recovery, and adoption of orphaned, abandoned, and abused foals, ponies, and horses.

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5 Soothing Timber Frame Bedrooms

5 Soothing Timber Frame Bedrooms

Timber Home Living

A timber frame bedroom is where you'll retreat to rest and relax. Make sure your bedroom feels like soothing a getaway.

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Log & Timber Homes from Coast to Coast: Midwest

Log Cabin Homes Magazine

The Midwest, America's heartland, has everything from open plains to rolling hills and mountains. There are numerous lakes and rivers and acres of pristine forest.

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Checkered Delight

Bob Vila

Vintage charm abounds in this country kitchen. From the plate rack mounted above the farmhouse sink to the wooden beams along the ceiling, this rustic room deserves its place at the heart of the home.

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Exposed Elements

Bob Vila

It may not seem possible for a kitchen to fuse both cozy and industrial design elements, but this room from Oak Bridge Timber Framing achieves the unlikely marriage to great effect.

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Majestic Marhofer Residence

Living the Country Life

OakBridge Timber Framing built the main structure of the home, and held an authentic barn raising to complete it. Families gathered for a catered Amish lunch, while everyone took a turn hammering in a dowel that pieced together the home.

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Simply Elegant Country Home

Living the Country Life

This home, known as the Langfitt Residence, was built by OakBridge Timber Framing. It rests near Fredericktown, Ohio, and can be found in the middle of a hayfield. This location, the view and the serenity of this home are some of the homeowner's favorite things.

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Room with a View

Timber Home Living

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.

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Best Timber Homes of the Year

Timber Home Living

Perhaps the best perk about designing your own custom home is the freedom to include anything you want in the design, resulting in a customized plan, tailor made to your taste and needs. And the bedrooms are a big part of this "dream home" equation. The place where you'll retreat to rest and relax, you'll want to make sure your bedrooms feel like soothing getaways, while still functioning well.

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Haven in a Hayfield

Timber Home Living

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.

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30 Years of OakBridge

Timber Framers Guild

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.

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A Timber Home by Twin Waterfalls

Timber Home Living

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?

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Living Large in Crested Butte

Log Cabin Homes

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.

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Magic Mountains

Rustic Country Magazine

A Colorado vacation home reflects the deep roots of the surrounding countryside and the rich history of rustic American farmhouses.

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Rustic Home with Mulch Beds

HGTV

The recommended mulch depth is 3-4 inches for medium to coarse textured materials, says experts with The Morton Arboretum. Spread mulch under trees, shrubs and throughout planting beds, as seen at this home, handcrafted by OakBridge Timber Framing, on a 5-acre lot on the shores of Lake Erie, Ohio.

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Wide Open Spaces

Timber Home Living

During the week, James Whitaker spends his days in an office surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city, peace and quiet are a rare commodity. That's why, come Friday, the corporate attorney is ready to escape his concrete confines for wide open spaces.

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For Wood Lovers: Log, Timberframe and Post-and-Beam Houses

New Home Source

They're still winning the hearts of people who have a strong affinity for the look and feel of wood.

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Custom Builder Sustainable Second Homes

Sustainable Second Homes

Custom Builder

When the client works side-by-side with the builder and architect from beginning to end, satisfaction is practically assured. These two vacation homes were a true collaborative effort, making the most of their idyllic settings while fulfilling design objectives and reaching high levels of sustainability.

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35 Habits That Successful Entrepreneurs Use To Get Things Done

The 35 Habits That Successful Entrepreneurs Use To Get Things Done

IdeaMensch

One of my most productive habits is to smile. Not only to others, but to myself as well. It sounds almost comical, but it works. Every time you think of it, smile. It immediately makes you feel half as stressed. Even when you can't see yourself smile, it's effective. And, of course, when you're in front of the mirror shaving, etc, and you can see yourself smile, it's even more effective. Smiling helps you enjoy life more, feel better, have more friends, and be more successful. Try it for a week – you'll be amazed! - Johnny Miller

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Country Getaway

Living the Country Life

This Ohio couple built their escape on a hill high above nearby Columbus. They credit OakBridge Timber Framing for creating their own country haven.

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Home, Sweet Barn

Hobby Farm Home

When she was 10 years old, Liezl Moser Craig decided she wanted to live in a barn. "I remember being in a barn, seeing the light stream through the boards and thinking it would be such a cool place to live," Craig recalls.

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Timber-Framed Treasure

Ohio Magazine

The venerable barn has stood as an icon of Ohio's countryside for centuries. So when a New Albany couple decided to build a second home in rural Coshocton County, they embraced the timber-framed concept — complete with a traditional Amish barn-raising event — for their hilltop abode.

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The Natural

Timber Home Living

In the modern world of timber framing, 59-year industry veteran Andrew Miller brings things back to basics.

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Gorgeous Timber Frame Homes

Living the Country Life

This Ohio timber frame home is situated snugly on its hillside property, allowing for garage space on the lower level, and two upper levels of living space. The timbers, which make up the supporting structure of the home, were handcrafted by the master craftsmen at the Amish owned and operated OakBridge Timber Framing.

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Out of the Woodwork: Building Dream Homes

Woodshop News

Based in Howard, Ohio, OakBridge Timber Framing offers custom designed and handcrafted mortise-and-tenon dream homes to a discerning clientele throughout the country.

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OakBridge Timber Framing – Building Homes That Reflect Values

The Softwood Forest Products Buyer

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.

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Team Timber Framing Skill

Custom Woodworking Business

As we all know, wood is a mystery - there is always something to learn. Here at OakBridge Timber Framing, we have been doing timber frame homes for 26 years. My father is 74 and a master craftsman, and he, and the rest of us, are all still learning new things about wood.

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Design Benefits of Timber Homes

Timber Home Living

Because the actual frame bears the weight of the structure, timber frame interiors can be as open or partitioned as the homeowner desires.

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Johnny Miller – Owner of OakBridge Timber Framing

IdeaMensch

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.

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Timberrick Woods home

Timberrick Woods

Harold Bulletin

Lawn chairs filled with strangers appeared on Dale and Cheryl Stultz's lawn as an Amish family raised the timber frame that replaced the front section of their home a year and a half ago.

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Timber Frame Homes article

Timber Frame Homes

Living the Country Life

OakBridge Timber Framing is changing the way timber homes are built. Workers at the Amish-owned company in Howard, Ohio, craft the homes using only their hands, no power tools. If needed, they use hydraulic power. As an end result, the homes are more energy efficient than a conventional stick frame home.

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Handcrafted OakBridge Timber Frame Addition Revitalizes 150 Year Old Cabin

Inhabitant

A 150-year-old cabin resting by a placid lake near Danville, Ohio has been updated with a beautifully handcrafted timber-framed addition. The Jenkins Home stays true to the original character of the log cabin, and the homestead's traditional Amish timber-framed construction maintains a strong connection to its roots. All of the wooden beams were carefully cut by hands and joined without steel connectors by OakBridge Timber Framing.

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Timber Framing: A Timeless Structure

Room Elegance

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.

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How An Amish Business Competes In The 21st Century

The Huffington Post

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.

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Project of the Month: Made by Hand

Builder

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.

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Storage Ideas: Don't Forget the Stairs

Cabin Life

Open shelving under the stairs can showcase collectibles, or in this case family photos. "Place sentimental reminders of loved ones where you can see them every day as you come and go," suggests Johnny Miller, owner of OakBridge Timber Framing.

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OakBridge Timber Framing a Family Affair

Mount Vernon News

A family tradition continues to march on despite challenges for Johnny Miller who owns his family timber framing business near Loudonville. Oakbridge Timber Framing follows the special customized practice of timber framing using traditional joint and posts, differing from the bracketing type construction often used in building many homes today.

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8 Amazing Country Cabins

Living the Country Life

This Apple Valley, Ohio, timber frame lake house by OakBridge Timber Framing was built with many charming barn-like characteristics including high ceilings, hardwood floors, and large windows.

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OakBridge Timber Framing - Quality Crafted Timber Frame Homes

New Living

OakBridge Timber Framing Ltd is a firm that specializes in building timber frame homes based on a long tradition of quality craftsmanship. The company's motto is "to build dream homes that reflect our values." One of the unique aspects of the company is that it is owned by Old Order Amish based out of Howard, Ohio.

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Business with National Scope

The Loudonville Times

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.

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Lakeside Landmark

Dream Home Showcase

When Rhea and David Sylvester bought an outstanding 5-acre lot on the Ohio shore of Lake Erie, they had Lee Goodman of Ferut Architects in Elyria, Ohio, design a 4,500-square-foot home that achieves architectural merit while flattering the prominent site.

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A Place to Call Your Own

Country's Best Cabins

Note the OakBridge Timber Framing photo in this section entitled "A Page Turner". For the ultimate cozy retreat, consider incorporating a reading space into your log home. These home-owners devoted an entire room to reading, complete with built-in shelves and snug seating. Situated in the corner of the home, myriad windows and a whitewash finish help keep the room bright.

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Spirited Shelter

Timber Home Living

Note the OakBridge photo of a frame raising at sunrise in this section entitled "Spirited Shelter" (page 25). The structure and craftsmanship of a timber home have a history that goes back centuries.

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Montana Mountains...

The Good Stuff Guide

This home is located in Belgrade, Montana (which is just minutes from Bozeman, MT). The home's stunning location is matched only by its breathtaking timber framing. Timber framing is an art, honed by the Amish craftsmen at OakBridge Timber Framing, of Howard, OH, who designed, crafted and raised the frame.

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Timber Home Living's Annual Buyer's Guide 2011

Timber Home Living

Check out the 2011 Annual Buyer's Guide from Timber Home Living, and note the OakBridge Timber Framing feature photos on pages 16, 24, 32 and 35!

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2011 Forecasts, Christmas 2010 Buyer's Guide

National Hardwood Magazine

Johnny Miller with OakBridge Timber Framing Ltd. in Howard, Ohio, said, "Our forecast is to be full tilt production. Last year, we were down just a little bit and this year, perhaps, just slightly. But our forecast is in 2011 to be full swing. "He said he has noticed more potential in the economy. There has been more interest shown and more estimates given.

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Cottage in the Woods

Cottages & Bungalows

In the middle of the 1800s, about the time covered wagons were carrying adventurous pioneers westward, a home was raised in the woods near Danville, Ohio, beside a picturesque pond. For more than 150 years, the cottage stood in the wilderness, amidst the coyotes, foxes, turkeys and white-tailed deer. But before the 20th century ended, a family from Columbus, Ohio, discovered the dwelling. Charmed by its quaintness and longevity, they bought it and the 130 surrounding acres, and vowed to give it new life.

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Savvy Shopper

Timber Home Living

OakBridge was recently featured in photos in the publication Timber Home Living.

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Building Homes That Reflect Values

National Hardwood Magazine

Howard, Ohio - OakBridge Timber Framing Ltd., based here, precuts 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. Throughout history Amish and Mennonite people have been recognized for their hard work, attention to detail and true commitment to the craft of constructing barns and other buildings.

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Artistry

Cottages & Bungalows

Located in Howard, Ohio, family-owned OakBridge Timber Framing uses tradition joinery for pre-cut frames that are assembled on site in only a few days. In keeping with Amish tradition, the company raises craftsmanship to a fine art: mortise-and-tenon joints are pinned with hickory dowels, and the same crew that crafts the timber also installs it.

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Green, Spacious & Gorgeous

Robb Report's Exceptional Properties eNews

WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR HIM TO RETIRE, David Kirsch had long known exactly what kind of house he wanted. "It had always been my dream to find a big, old barn, renovate it and turn it into something special," says Kirsch, a former contractor from South Carolina. "What appealed to me most was all that wood and all that space."

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Best Seller Homes

Automated Builder

The Kirsch Home from OakBridge Timber Framing was designed with luxury and comfort in mind. An appropriately sized great room next to the kitchen opens up to the second floor creating a comfortable and spacious haven. The stairs leads you to a loft on the second floor, perfect for an office or a peaceful place to relax.

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Back to a Healthy Future with the Amish

Energy Times

Most Americans lived on farms until the post-Civil War industrial boom led people to chase opportunity into the cities. But as the modern world became more hectic, some urbanites fled to the country for the simpler lives that their great-grandfathers had known.

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Farm Fresh

Timber Home Living

"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. Determined to replicate the barn-like feeling Sue had fallen in love with as a child, the couple initially bought and dissembled an old barn, planning to rebuild it as their home. When that proved unfeasible, Jim and Sue turned to...

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Timber!

Builders Exchange Magazine

OakBridge Timber Framing in Howard builds handcrafted, sustainable timber frame structures using mortise and tenon joinery without any metal. Here is the 1,568-sf K & E Credit Union built in 2007 in Mt. Vernon by Schrock Premier Custom Construction and designed by Ballard Architectural Studio. The project was panelized with SIPs, which allow for exceptional energy efficiency.

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A Healthy Lifestyle

Rochester Healthy Living

We are all making efforts nowadays to live a healthier life. We avoid fast food, make an effort to visit the gym more often, and encourage our children to play outside rather than sit on the couch playing video games.

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Hands-On Approach

Professional Builder

OakBridge was recently featured in the publication Professional Builder.

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Lakeside Landmark

Timber Home Living

When Rhea and David Sylvester bought an outstanding 5-acre lot on the Ohio shore of Lake Erie, they had their 4,5-square-foot home designed that achieves architectural merit while flattering the prominent site.

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Who's Who in Hardwood Purchasing

National Hardwood Magazine

JOHNNY MILLER is owner and CEO of OAKBRIDGE TIMBER FRAMING LTD. located in Howard, Ohio. OakBridge Timber Framing Ltd. manufactures pre-cut timber frame residential homes and commercial buildings. The company purchases approximately 100,000 board feet annually of Red and White Oak, Douglas fir and pine. The firm specializes in pre-cutting and installing timber frames.

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Model Home - Kirsh

Timber Homes Illustrated

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.

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Raising Day - Kirsh

Timber Home Illustrated

After months of planning and years of dreaming, the raising of a timber frame home is an experience not to be missed. Here, a crew from OakBridge Timber Framing in Ohio raises the frame for a dream home in the mountains of Montana. The design calls for a home with panoramic views attached to a garage with an apartment on its second floor.

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Bookwalter

American Builders Quarterly

Founded in 1986, oakbridge timber Framing, Ltd. is a family-owned and operated subcontractor with a history of pride and quality construction. Headquartered in Howard, OH, this timber frame specialist designs, fabricates, and erects custom timber frames and panels for high-end homes. "We enjoy this type of specialty work, building dream homes, "says Johnny Miller, OakBridge's owner.

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Long Way Home - Goodman

Timber Homes Illustrated

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.

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Dream to Reality

Timber Homes Illustrated

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.

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Cornville Home Gets Amish Touch

The Cottonwood Journal

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.

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Away From It All

Timber Homes Illustrated

When suburbia started to encroach on Bill and Claudia's rural 6-acre homestead, they knew it was time for a change. Living in what was once considered the country in north-central Indiana, they recoiled when the harsh noise of traffic took the place of the more soothing sounds that birds and horses make. "Our old place was very convenient," Claudia says, "but it was being built up so much, we had to wait to get out of the driveway."

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Living in Harmony with Nature

Luxury Log Homes & Timber Frame

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.

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On the Links

Timber Home Illustrated

If you're really passionate about something, you want to live it, breathe it and be right in the middle of it every day. That's how Jim and Lyda Cook feel about golf. So, they built a public golf course in Ashville, Ohio, and made their home there, too.

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Seeing is Believing

Timber Homes Illustrated

Steve and Kim Pistone found themselves standing on opposite sides of the fence when the time came to decide what type of house to build on their rambling 50-acre Christmas tree farm. Steve had always dreamed of building a log home, and Kim was intrigued by the dramatic look of a timber frame. Enter the art of friendly persuasion.

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Woodland Gem

Timber Homes Illustrated

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.

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New Tradition

Timber Homes Illustrated

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.

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Fulfilling a Dream

Timber Frame Homes

When the time comes for something to change in a home, many people will change the color of the paint, the furniture that fills a room or even the artwork that adorns the walls. But Rosemary Joyce knew these small alterations weren't going to be enough for the change she wanted to implement in her life.

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Old-Time Charm

Timber Homes Illustrated

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.

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Island Oasis

Timber Frame Homes

They say the third time is a charm. For Fred and Pat Lentz of Ohio, their lucky number seems to be 19. Fred, a retired electrical engineer skilled in carpentry and mechanical drawing, had either built or renovated 18 houses with his wife before finally realizing his long-held dream of owning a timber frame home. The beautiful post-and-beam house he and Pat erected on Catawba Island in Lake Erie calls to mind the exposed rafters of the barn where Fred loved to play while growing up on his family's farm.

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Home Sweet Home

Timber Homes Illustrated

With a hectic lifestyle in Columbus, Ohio, Judy and Craig Jenkins dreamed of having a place in the country where they could go to get away from it all. When they set out to look for land for their rural retreat, they had no idea what type of home they would build once they found it. After discovering 130 acres in rural Knox County, they found the answer in the form of an 1850s log cabin that was sitting on the property.

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On Easy Street

Timber Frame Homes

Ask Dick and Judy Thompson how their comfortable timber frame home on Lake Erie near Toledo, Ohio, has changed their lives, and Judy doesn't hesitate with the answer. "We are more relaxed in our lake home," she says.

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A House Can Soar to Heal the Heart

The New York Times

DR. ROSEMARY JOYCE was perched on the edge of a red-and-green plaid sofa, looking the model of a Midwestern matron as she offered to pour tea. But when she glanced toward the three-story wall of windows in her new family-room addition, persona gave way to person.

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Old Fashioned Help

Daily Herald

Two worlds were brought together this week in Deer Park through pieces of timber. Members of an Amish construction family came to the Chicago suburbs to build for a couple their specialty – a timber frame for a house.

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