Our (optional) design service

Though we often work with our client’s architect or contractor, most of our clients want us to design their building. For more than 30 years we’ve been designing, as well as building, timber frames. Because we’ve had extensive experience, we can design the building that our clients envision.

To help clients develop a plan for a house, addition, barn, or commercial building, we consider three things:

1. The site
We like to come to the building site to see the slope, road access, aspect, views, and how natural light would interact with the proposed building, especially if it will be the clients’ home.

This is an initial sketch our client made to show us her general concept ot the barn she wanted.

              Client’s initial sketch of the barn below.

2. The clients’ ideas and vision
We listen. We want to know what the property owners want to achieve. Sometimes clients to bring a scrapbook of reference images taken from magazines, from Houzz, from photos, or from floor plans, to clarify what they want.

3. The budget
Though we build only the timber frame, our goal is to help clients estimate the finished cost of a building. We have built houses as small as 1,000 square feet and as large as 20,000 square feet so we can help design a building that is consistent with the resources planned for the completed project.

See Design solutions for examples of how we respond to our clients’ needs. We sit down with our clients and find ways to achieve their goals.


Our optional design service (priced separately from the timber frame) includes a complete set of working drawings for the entire building:

  • Outside elevations
  • Floor plans
  • Window and door schedule
  • Foundation plan
  • Cross sections and timber frame drawings that include joinery details.

Five sets of plans are included so that everyone working on the project is literally on the same page.

This client used our (optional) design service and ended up with the unique barn that she envisioned.

“You took all of our thoughts into consideration and made good recommendations…. The bottom line is, you made the building we wanted to make.”
—Vincent D.

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