Process

Our process ensures our goal: to create sustainably green homes that last.  To begin, simply choose a plan and sketch your minor changes.

 

Once you pick a plan, we’ll design your home with you.

We start by developing a cost-effective, abbreviated set of drawings and plans to determine whether your vision fits your budget. This Budget Set of drawings includes:

• House plan modifications
• Hand-rendered floor plans
• Basic dimensioned deck plans
• Hand rendered front elevation (with generalized notes)
• Model images
• Sections and details
• Schedules
• Garage kit (if applicable)
• Timber and structural insulated panel (SIP) contract proposal *

Timberbuilt is your architect, your engineer and your timber-framing workforce built into one and although we’ll leave you with an airtight, ultra insulated wall/roof system and a world class timber frame, we do need someone else to shingle the roof, install the siding, the drywall, and all of the finishings inside. We package this simple Budget Set of drawings to help you and your local contractor begin making decisions  on all of those finishing details (windows and doors, utilities, floors and walls) that will ultimately determine the cost of the house. And if you don’t have a local contractor, your Budget Set is designed to help you find one.

Once you sign the contract, we finalize the engineering and our drawings — then the real fun begins.

We cut your timbers and craft the mortise and tenon joinery at our facility outside of Buffalo, NY.

Our shop craftsmen with steady hands and razor sharp tools are the surgeons who bring your home to life as they chisel into eastern white pine, douglas fir and cedar.  We solve any problems before we leave home, assembling your entire timber frame in sections to assure a perfect fit.  Once the timbers are sanded and stained, our team personally loads them onto a truck for shipment to your site.

Finally, we build your home.

We arrive on site after the foundation has been poured and receive the truck full of timbers, along with a second truck, which delivers your wall and roof panels (SIPs) from our partners at Insulspan. After we finish building your timber frame and installing the panels (typically within a week or two) your general contractor can come in and do the rest.

The video below offers a clear look at what we do, how we do it, and what’s included in our package. Notice the absolute precision of our timber and panel assemblies. All of the seams are foam-sealed and taped. It’s this attention to detail that helps make our homes so efficient.