Great Country Timber Frames Blog

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

Raising a 64' x 152' Timber Frame Gambrel-Style Event Barn in Iowa

Our team designed, engineered, crafted, and raised this extraordinary timber frame event barn in the Great Plains of Iowa. Watch the epic story of this event barn raising on the biggest screen possible.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Greathorse Pavilion Raising

Watch on the biggest screen possible! It was an incredible raising day at Greathorse, the world class club in Hampden, MA. We raised a 15' x 35' timber frame pavilion with horseshoe style trusses featuring custom made steel Greathorse logos. Take in the sweeping views at Greathorse while our crew raises this pavilion.

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Posted to Blog: Monday, June 15, 2020

Video: Building a 70' Clear Span Timber Frame Octagon

The expert timber framers at Great Country Timber Frames built one of the largest clear span timber frame structures in New England: a 70' Timber Frame Octagon for a 50' antique carousel at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT. Host Everett Skinner IV, P.E. tells the story of design, manufacturing, and construction as the massive structure is built on site by the Great Country Timber Frames crew.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Open House at Great Country Timber Frames Draws National Crowd

People from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida attended the fourth annual open house at Great Country Timber Frames in Ellington, CT on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The event drew nearly 400 people.

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Posted to Blog: Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Featured Project: 42' Octagonal Timber Frame Water Tower, Stonington, CT

This is one of the oldest properties in Stonington, dating back to the 1700s, with an original colonial-style timber frame home. As one of the first homes in the town with running water, water pressure was created by gravity feed via the original water tower. When the old water tower was no longer structurally sound, we were called upon to build a new one in the same style as the old one. The result is accurate to the time period, and should it be located on the shore, could pass as a lighthouse.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Featured Project: Timber Frame Barn Home

A barn makes a great home. 2,600 sq. ft. Timber Frame Barn Home, New Canaan, CT. Designed, engineered & built by Great Country Timber Frames.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Featured Project: 1,040 sq. ft. Timber Frame Home, Tolland, CT

This 26' x 40' timber frame home is efficient and cozy. It is built into a hillside with a walk-out basement and a 12' x 26' covered deck with timber roof featuring arched bottom chord king post trusses and 1x8 pine tongue & groove ceiling.

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Posted to Blog: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Open House Video

Whether you’re interested in a timber frame barn, home, pavilion, or commercial project, it all starts with crafting the wood connections in our Ellington, CT manufacturing & design facility.

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Posted to Blog: Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Open House January 19


You’re invited! We’re hosting our fourth annual open house on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 9am - 12pm. 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: Monday, January 07, 2019

Video: Great Country Timber Frames

Power, passion, and sawdust. CNC-machined joinery, passionate timber framers, and epic timber frames. This is Great Country Timber Frames.

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Posted to Blog: Friday, April 27, 2018