Great Country Timber Frames Blog

Timber frame news, post and beam barn raisings, recent projects, & other stories.

Timber Frame Great Room Raising

Our crew raised this timber frame great room for a residence in Methuen, MA. You can see how we are able to integrate the timber frame portion with the rest of the home, which is conventionally framed. The species is Douglas Fir.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

An Exciting Open House at Great Country Timber Frames

Almost 400 people from all over New England, plus New York, New Jersey, and even as far away as Colorado and Canada, came to the third annual Open House at Great Country Timber Frames in Ellington, CT on January 20th.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Looking Forward to our Open House January 20, 2018

Our Open House is fast approaching. As we count down the days in anticipation, we can’t wait to share our passion for timber framing with you. We thought we’d compile some of the most interesting photos of our timber frame facility & recent projects as a sort of “appetizer” if you will for the big event on January 20, 2018.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Featured Project: 80' x 120' Timber Frame Barn

We have a new project in our projects section that we’re excited to share with you: this incredible 80' x 120' timber frame barn. It is the largest barn we’ve raised to date.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Featured Project: Mad River Barn Wedding Pavilion

Located in Waitsfield, Vermont, we built this 40' x 100' timber frame wedding pavilion for Mad River Barn. With breathtaking queen post timber truss design, a variety of complex timber frame joinery, and visually interesting scarf joints with red oak wedges, this wedding pavilion provides a space worthy of life’s most important gatherings.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Open House January 20


You’re invited! We’re hosting our third annual open house on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9am - 1pm. Tour our advanced manufacturing facility and watch us cut a timber frame Carriage Barn on our CNC machine.

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Posted to Blog: Thursday, January 04, 2018

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas to you & yours from The Barn Yard & Great Country Timber Frames family.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, December 22, 2017

Visited by Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan’s Family and the Mayor of Springfield

This afternoon, we welcomed the family of Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan and the Mayor of Springfield, Domenic Sarno, to our manufacturing & design facility in Ellington, CT. Tommy gave his life while defending his country on Thursday July 16, 2015 during an attack on a Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. The Skinner Family, owners of The Barn Yard & Great Country Timber Frames, have donated a timber frame pavilion to be built at Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Park, a new park currently under construction in East Forest Park, Springfield, MA. Mayor Sarno and Tommy’s family were able to view the pavilion being manufactured on The Barn Yard & Great Country Timber Frame’s state of the art CNC machine.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Bald Hill Timber Frame Home Featured in CT East Magazine

We were honored to be featured in the spring/summer 2017 issue of Connecticut East magazine. Read the story here.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, July 21, 2017

Sonny’s Timber Frame Octagon Complete

70' wide. All timber frame. No interior posts. Authentic mortise & tenon wood connections. Enough said.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, May 31, 2017