Crafted with Douglas Fir, the timber frame at Bald Hill overlooks a grand vista of Eastern Connecticut. Sunrise on the timber frame is a magical time. The early morning light brings out the intricacies of the timber frame, including the hammer beam trusses in the great room and the detailed joinery found throughout.
Standing in the great room, one is dwarfed by the 27' peak ceiling height. The sheer size of the timbers is fascinating to look at, because the mind wonders how something so heavy can appear to be put together so effortlessly and with so much grace. No detail was overlooked in the timber frame. Arched braces, a Great Country Timber Frames signature, were part of the design from day one. Even the bottom timber in the two grand hammer beam trusses in the great room is arched slightly, letting the eye slide up the truss with no jagged disturbance. See the last frame of the photos above for a detail shot. Powder-coated metal strapping is used in the truss design and adds to the Rocky Mountain western feel of the home.
Timber Frame Facts
- 27' ceilings in great room
- 20,000 board feet of #1 Douglas Fir timber
- Largest timbers are 10x14x36' long
- Timbers are all “FOHC” (free of heart center). This means despite the massive size of the timbers, the lumber is sawn to exclude the pith or heart center of a log. Must have been some big trees!
- It took us only 1.5 weeks in the shop to produce with state of the art CNC machine
The timber frame home will be a hybrid design, with some rooms conventionally framed. The timber frame portion includes the great room, deck, balcony, and kitchen, plus an attached 2-story post and beam barn garage with dormer.
Seeing the timber frame as it is in these photos is an event rare in form, because never again will the structure be this visible. Soon, siding, SIP panels, roofing, and the like will cover much of the timbers from the exterior. But inside, the timbers will be very much in service, by supporting the structure and providing a beautiful & relaxing home.
Follow this blog for more photos as the project continues...