Additions & Hybrids

Here are examples of timber framed additions and hybrids we have completed. Hybrid timber framing incorporates traditional timber framing with other building techniques such as stick framing, structural insulated panel (SIP), or insulated concrete form (ICF) construction. Hybrid frames can help reduce building costs by incorporating timber framing only in the most visible areas of the home such as living rooms, master bedrooms and kitchens.

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Mount Ellen Home

Southern Vermont Home

House of Music

Sugarbush Family Home

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This 20' x20' rough sawn Eastern hemlock addition to an existing timber framed home added a roomy living area on the first floor and a spacious master bedroom above. Fireplaces in both rooms help to create a cozy Mad River Valley ski house.

The central frame in this structure is 22' x 40' and features a great room with a hammer beam truss and 18' walls. The frame is cut from planed Eastern hemlock and is highlighted with cherry dropped splines. Timber archways lead to two timber framed wings on either side of the great room. One wing houses a kitchen, bathroom and mudroom and the other, a master bedroom suite and bathroom. Structural insulated panels applied to the frame allowed a nail base for interior pine board walls. This house was built in Waitsfield, Vermont, and has spectacular views to the south and west of Sugarbush Ski Resort and the Green Mountains. A lone elm tree stands watch over the meadows below.

The roof of this 26' x 41' Alces Post & Beam designed carriage house is supported by a planed Eastern white pine timber frame. Four central posts support two 8x12 beams that run the length of the building. A "keyed" scarf joint is used to create the 41' member from two shorter timbers. Stick framed walls and roof system complete the structure.


This rough sawn Eastern hemlock structure was raised on the shores of Lake Champlain in Grand Isle, Vermont. The frame was designed with an 8' high second floor, exposed timbers in the ceiling, and a flat roof to accept stick built trusses and cellulose insulation. The exterior walls were stick framed as well. A timber framed mudroom entry and gable end great room with a king post bent adds character to this lake side home.

This rough sawn Eastern hemlock frame was built in Panton, Vermont for a stone mason who wanted to blend the rustic look of timber and his own beautiful stone work. The frame was raised on top of insulated concrete form (ICF) walls with a complete timber framed second floor supported by first floor posts. Timber sills, summer beams, and ceiling joists were installed over the kitchen area. This timber frame was insulated with SIPs and the wings of the house finished with stick framing.

 
This planed Eastern hemlock structure is a hybrid addition to the office of a growing excavation company. It is a hybrid structure since the roof system has been stick framed. The downstairs provides 3 new offices, a reception area and copier room. Upstairs is a spacious conference room and additional offices including one in the gable bump-out.

These pictures depict a variety of options to incorporate timber into a home without building a complete timber frame. Great room rafters, first floor timber framing, or timber floor systems are all common ways to introduce timber into a stick framed or SIP structure. Most often SIPs are used to insulate part of these structures. Because of its ability to match the air tight envelope of the SIPs, sprayed-in isocyanurate foam is the best insulation to use for the rest of the structure.
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