Mecosta, Michigan – Update

Our timber frame field team arrived and began assembly of this hybrid timber frame home.  We no longer feature this particular design (The Yount) but if it catches your eye simply contact our office and we’ll see what we can do.  We maintain a catalog of older designs, most of which can be tweaked to fit your needs.  These are a handful of pictures from the build.

 

Brighton, Colorado

timber frame worker standing on a purlin over an exterior deck off the great room

Our crew continues work in the Colorado high plains outside of Denver, entrenched in the final days of a twelve day build that will add our olive design to the wind swept landscape.

Our clients are hands-on, struggling alongside our crew late into the day while they grade out the land and install SIPs walls around the garage.

The biggest challenge with the job to this point has been the wind. In addition to sucking the moisture from everything (we crushed a lot of chapstick) the wind tends to grab hold of our SIPs panels like sails — not a huge deal when you’re standing up walls, but a definite challenge on the roof.

A couple more days here then our crew splits after the holiday to locations in Iowa and Michigan. Updates on those builds to follow.  But for now, more pics from Colorado.

Upcoming Build: Michigan

Historical photo of loggers surrounding a massive load of cut timber which is on a sled pulled by two horses

Our clients from Michigan visited us yesterday to meet with our design staff (and watch our shop guys cut their timber joinery) in preparation for their upcoming build. We’re super psyched to see this one-of-a-kind house come together and we’re anticipating a smooth assembly, despite the seasonal uncertainties that come with a trip to Michigan this late in the year.

We do, after all, have modern day comforts like trucks, electricity, and water proof insulated coats. These tough-as-nails Michigan loggers cut this load of eastern white pine (our favorite species for interior timbers) near Ewen, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula.

Historical photo of loggers standing on felled trees
Public domain logger pics. Available in hi-res at the Library of Congress website and at The Shorpy Archive

According to the Hartwick Pines Logging Museum: “It was a world’s record load of more than 36,000 board-feet of lumber. The two horses did indeed pull the load approximately a quarter of a mile. It was then loaded onto railcars, along with the sled, and sent to Chicago.”

Kinda makes assembling precision-cut wall panels and pre-finished timbers seem easy, right?

Lake Timber House in Solar Powered City Almost Complete

Aerial view of timber frame community center

This past winter Timberbuilt was in Babcock Ranch, Florida for two timber framing projects.  First we constructed a variant of our Cabin design as a model timber home for prospective buyers to tour.

Now we’re excited to see that our second project, a large community club house, is almost done.  Check out the nice article from The Babcock Ranch Telegraph which, among other things, offers this quote from the developer:

“We wanted it to be an iconic building because it’s the first you see when you drive into Babcock Ranch.  It’s also the most energy efficient building we have in the community right now.”

Humbling to hear considering the visionaries behind this amazing, eco-centric town enforce green building codes for all their builders (not just us) and aim to weave energy efficiency and sustainability into the infrastructure of every home.

See all updates on the Lakehouse here.

Flight Home

Flight to Buffalo cancelled. Instead, flew into BWI, rented an SUV and drove the remaining six hours to Buffalo. Whiteout conditions on the road. Worst I’ve ever been in but home safe, mission accomplished.