Vermont Custom Builders of Barns & Homes

TIMBER FRAME CONSTRUCTION

What is it about a timber-framed building that speaks to us so passionately? Is it the idea that you can see the craftsmanship that supports the entire structure, the simplicity of the straight lines and right angles, or the sheer girth of the beams and timbers themselves? There is rarely a promotional photo of Vermont that does not contain a historic barn-country and barns are intrinsically linked. Vermont Country Builders focuses on frames that emulate old New England barns.

The timber members we build with are functional, not ornate; they are straight, not curved; and they are sawn from our native trees of hemlock. The mortise-and-tenon joints are crafted by hand, not machine drilled.

The customer can choose to leave the beams rough and rustic or planed smooth and oiled with chamfered edges giving a more finished look. We often sheath a rough frame with square-edge style pine boards to simulate Vermont barns. The dressier frames sport sheetrock sheathing which by contrast defines the timbers. High R-value stress-skin panels are applied to the outside so the full dimension of the frame is exposed. Informal vertical pine siding or traditional horizontal clapboards exteriors vary the appearance of the finished product significantly. From rugged to elegant, a timber-frame home can transform your dream into your country home.

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VERMONT BARN

Windham
Jim and Debbie have completed phase one of their Vermont Dream Home. A deck, addition with 3 season room and completion of the upstairs is planned along with a future garage, but for now this barn is a handsome and comfortable get-a-way. Bronze Marvin Integrity doors and windows compliment the barn-red stained shiplap siding. Local sawn hemlock beams were fauxed in after the shell was complete to add character and warmth. Soapstone countertops and pewter details supplement the painted teal cabinetry to make this a dressy barn home.
Beams | Kitchen | Dining | Stairs


Timber Frame Barn
Photos by Celia Kelly


VERMONT VERNACULAR

Weston
A true hybrid marrying timber frame construction in the main cape and conventional stick-built for the rest. The great room was divided into three sections partitioned by the bents and posts: kitchen with sitting area, larger center section for living room and dining near the triple windows. Upstairs the timber kneewalls are visible in the bedrooms. The beams were dressed (planed and chamfered) and ceiling height was increased to 9' for more open effect. Contrasting sheetrock walls expose the wood further.
Frame | Hand Crafted Joinery | Kneebraces | Kitchen/Living | Dining
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NEW ENGLAND GABLE

Londonderry
New England Gable Barn
Originally designed as Vermont Country Builders office and shop (see links below) this barn was transformed into a rustic yet elegant living space. Walls were opened up, tile installed on the radiantly heated concrete, eyebrow windows cut into the stresskin panels, and the loft above dining area opened up to below. Closets with display above and 2 panel shaker pine doors were added and a touch of sheetrock to contrast with all the pine. Wide and thick timber stairs and a post and beam entry completed the makeover to a 3 bedroom 2½ bath barn home.
Dining | Kitchen | Pine & Mahogany | 2 Panel Doors | Loft
Timber Stairs | Entry | Also see New England Gable Barns


SALTBOX

Andover
Saltbox Timber Frame
Sited overlooking meadows and mountains, Bill designed this saltbox timber frame in great detail including the bullseye glass in the front door. A New Hampshire company erected a Douglas Fir frame and sheathed the cathedral with pre-finished cedar v-groove boards. The stress-skin panels were affixed to the outside of the wall and sheet rock complemented the red-hued oiled frame. Local woodworkers crafted the open circular staircase and fine shaker cabinetry. After much thought the homeowner decided on a laminated cherry-look floor, and we were as pleasantly surprised with the visual authenticity as he was with the durability. One of many of our customers relocating to Vermont, he now enjoys a home uniquely customized to meet his needs.

See also: Interior | Staircase | Front Door | Frame


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