Great Country Timber Frames Blog
Timber frame news, post and beam barn raisings, recent projects, & other stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In early February, we craned the conventionally-framed portion of the addition to Sonny’s arcade building in Somers, CT.
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.
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.