Great Country Timber Frames Blog

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

The Timber Frame Octagon at Sonny’s Place in Somers CT

The completed timber frame at Sonny’s is nothing short of incredible. Spanning 70' wide with a 24' wide compression ring & cupola suspended 35' above the center, this huge timber frame structure is an exceptional feat of design & engineering.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, March 24, 2017

Press Release: GCTF is Building a 70' Clear Span Timber Frame Octagon at Sonny’s Place

Press is welcome to attend the raising, scheduled to begin at 8 am Tuesday March 7 and finish on Wednesday March 8. On these days, we will be raising the 13,000 pound compression ring and cupola to its final height of 35' and suspending it in the center of the structure with heavy timber roof rafters.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, March 03, 2017

It’s Officially an Octagon

All the posts are in place at Sonny’s and the octagon has taken shape. All this was done in just two days thanks to much prep work prior to raising.

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Posted to Blog: Thursday, March 02, 2017

Starting to Assemble the Timber Frame Octagon

Our crews are on location at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT as we start the assembly process for the timber frame octagon portion of the expansion.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, March 01, 2017

University of Hartford Students Visit

Last week, we welcomed students from the University of Hartford Department of Architecture to our facility. We showed them the CNC machine in action and discussed how a design translates from 3D on the computer to precise joinery on the machine to finished building in the field.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Cutting the Joinery for Sonny’s Octagon

Each timber for the 70' octagon at Sonny’s was carefully prepared in our shop. We utilized advanced design software, the CNC timber processor, and good old fashioned hands on carpentry to craft all the joinery for the colossal project.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Timber Frame Octagon Design

The new addition at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT will feature this incredible 70' clear span timber frame octagon. It will be one of the largest clear span timber frame structures in New England.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Crane Day at Sonny’s Place

In early February, we craned the conventionally-framed portion of the addition to Sonny’s arcade building in Somers, CT.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Sonny’s Slab Pour

We poured the slab for the timber frame octagon right before Christmas last year. Hot water was piped into an array of tubing to warm up the ground to sufficient temperature prior to the pour. The 15,750 sq. ft. building addition at Sonny’s features a partial basement.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Great Country Timber Frames Hosts Educational Open House

Over 300 people visited the manufacturing & design facility at Great Country Timber Frames in Ellington on Saturday, January 21, for the company’s annual educational open house event.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, January 24, 2017