Planning the layout and construction of a timber framed home should be a fun and adventurous time. Here we break the process down into five stages and provide some basic information to help you in your process. Please contact us for more comprehensive planning help, we'd love to sit down and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and discuss your dream home.
The frame raising is an art form in its own right. As in any well orchestrated ballet, orchestra recital or Broadway show, the process of assembling and raising the frame is born of practice, planning, and experience. The timbers fitting as puzzle pieces, the team work well rehearsed, and the seasoned director seemingly pointed each into place. It's time to grab the popcorn and enjoy the show.
The first step is to meet with the Oakbridge team to discuss the plans for your dream home. You may already know exactly what you want, or you may be looking for input based on our experience. The second step is to start the drawings and floor plans, this process is fun and exciting no matter how large or small your project, our service remains the same.
Some may call our hands-on manufacturing methods "dated"; we prefer "proven". Each joint fitted, each newel cut, and each peg hole drilled by craftsmen who understand the wood, whose touch can sense any imperfections. Our use of hand tools and pneumatic powered saws allows us to maintain superior quality control while being environmentally conscious at the same time.
Preparing a frame is an intense, yet wonderfully rewarding process. Each timber is hand selected for its own unique purpose within the frame, grain direction, knot location, and timber grade and size are all factors in the decision. Once we are perfectly satisfied with each timber, we begin staining and sealing, ensuring that each timber's beauty will last for generations to come.
Every post, brace, strut, girder, hammer post, collar tie, rafter, and ridge beam must be hand selected. Each one is hand selected to ensure that it is the perfect fit for its task. The process of hand selection is learned through years of experience, working with wood and learning how it ages.
This combination has been shaping wood and stone since the beginning of mankind. High quality chisels are a must for each of our craftsmen. A razor sharp chisel helps us create a beautiful fit for each and every component. It is hard to improve on the quality you receive from an experienced craftsman with this combination in his hands.
Traditional pinned-tenon joinery has a long history of strength and longevity. Special care is taken for each mortise hollowed out and each tenon formed, a precise fit is key to a solid frame.
The end-cap is a detail that can be easily overlooked, but adds a beautiful finishing touch. It is a very effective way to add a bit of art to each hammer post. Each of these beautiful end-caps is cut, refined, and finished by hand.
This simple piece of wood is literally what holds it all together. Hickory is known for its tensile strength, this strength is what makes it the best choice to fill such a pivotal role in strength of the entire frame system.
Finally, the years of planning have paid off. You've been through every process from "what's a timber frame" to "the last box unpacked". Looking back you may wonder how you made it through; but you did. Now take the time to enjoy your new home. The rich wood colors, the beauty and character of each and every timber. This is what you've been dreaming of for so long - enjoy it.
Come watch us raise a frame.