At a ceremony September 29, 2016 at Philadelphia’s FMC Tower, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) honored projects with the annual Groundbreaker Awards for demonstrated commitment to sustainability in the built environment.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, Inc. (HLTF) is searching for a skilled timber framer with the proven ability to produce quality work and deliver exceptional customer service to join our team in Kennett Square, PA. A minimum of 2 years experience is preferred, but we will train the right individual accordingly. Applicant must be willing to learn and implement green building techniques and proper procedure, in addition to possessing a high level of professionalism and integrity. Daily tasks include fabrication of timber frames, on site raising of timber frames, installation of structural insulated panels, general cleaning and upkeep of tools, shop, and job sites as well as various other construction tasks.
- Minimum 2 years in a related field (or comparable apprenticeship/education), preference given to those with 5+ years experience in a related field
- Valid driver’s license required
- Must be able to read, maintain basic records, and complete accurate/detailed time-cards
- Knowledge of general construction and OSHA guidelines. Competency with basic power tools and construction equipment, including lifts
- Ability to read blueprints, sketches, and building plans
- Ability to work both collaboratively with our team and independently with minimal supervision
- Ability to work/coordinate with other trades
- Strong customer service skills, including verbal and written communication
- Ability to lift 50+ pounds, stand for the duration of a shift, ability to work outside in all four seasons
- Some travel (including overnight) is required
After successful completion of a 90 day probationary period, potential employee will be eligible for a generous benefit package including vacation, paid holidays, employer subsidized health/vision/dental insurance, retirement savings plan, and life insurance.
HLTF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
HLTF has been designing and crafting timber frame structures in the mid-Atlantic region since 1974. We have been dedicated to the design and construction of energy-efficient and high-performance structures for over 40 years. As a proud certified B Corporation, we are committed to meeting the standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency through our sustainable building and business practices. We are a certified FSC® Chain of Custody company and employ both a LEED Green Associate and a Certified Passive House Consultant.
Please contact our office for additional information.
Think modern and timber frame can’t go together? Think again. Engineered wood gives the beauty of timber framing a contemporary aesthetic. Our recent project in Maryland is a perfect example of modern timber frame architecture.
We manufactured and installed the Southern Yellow Pine glued-laminated (glulam) beams and the Douglas Fir tongue and groove decking in this modern house in Centreville, Maryland. Working closely with Torchio Architects, we helped develop the steel connection designs and the overall glulam strategy for the project.
The great room and kitchen combine seamlessly with the high ceilings and open spaces that timber frame and glulam construction allow. Stainless steel appliances and gray furniture make the wood stand out, but not take over this contemporary style. Past the kitchen, the sitting area of the screened-in porch is visible.
The amazing block fireplace has wood storage built into one side and bookshelves built into the other side. The concrete block and stainless steel chimney complement the wood beautifully.
The home office further displays how wood, metal, glass, and concrete combine and complement each other for a sleek, contemporary aesthetic.
The master bedroom features a balcony from which the homeowners can enjoy views of the river.
Rain chains, pervious concrete pavers, and native plant landscaping allows stormwater to be absorbed into the ground and not become harmful stormwater runoff.
Sep 24, 2014 — Hugh Lofting Timber Framing built the timber framed portion of this beautiful Western Red Cedar screened in porch designed by Archer & Buchanan Architecture.
June 12, 2014 : HLTF built the beautiful hourglass bridge at Longwood Gardens New Meadow Garden. We are very proud to be part of this project as it promotes both environmental stewardship as well as sustainable building methods through the use of local businesses and regionally sourced materials.
If you take a drive through Chester County horse country with Hugh J. Lofting, you’ll likely hear more about the King Ranch, township road maintenance, and American McMansions than you will about timber framing. With self-deprecating humor and an easy laugh, Hugh is quick to point out some of the less-than-smart anecdotes of his youth (don’t take a sailboat dinghy down a hurricane-swollen river). He weaves a story of family history in Montana and Pennsylvania and the evolution of his life and work, as intricate as the timber-frame structures for which his company is known – and as richly detailed.
HLTF built this tree house several years ago in the beautiful country side of West Marlborough Township, PA. Nestled among the trees, this getaway is great for kids and adults alike!
Enjoy this beautiful day and find a way to make it outside!
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing has been awarded Best of Houzz 2014 in the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories as our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2013! We would like to congratulate our fellow winners!
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing Gains Passive House Certification
Company recognized by Passive House Institute US as one of only seven Certified PHIUS Builders in Pennsylvania; passive house project underway in West Chester, Pa.
The PHIUS designation means the company understands passive house principles, has mastered craftsmanship techniques specific to passive houses, and can meet challenges specific to the North American climate.
A passive house achieves overall energy savings of 60-70 percent through super-insulation and airtight building envelopes, highly efficient HVAC systems or energy recovery ventilation, high-performance windows, and moisture control.
Passive construction does not employ active technologies such as photovoltaics, and can thereby be less expensive when the principles are used alone. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge Home program, passive and active design principles used together can be the best direction toward Net Zero houses.
“Hugh Lofting Timber Framing has long been committed to energy and design efficiency,” said founder Hugh Lofting. “The firm has embraced the use of FSC® certified timbers, reclaimed and salvaged woods, and environmentally aware finishes. Attaining PHIUS certification demonstrates to our clients and colleagues that we remain focused on long-lasting, energy-efficient homes and buildings.”
A passive house is heated primarily by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people and electrical equipment. Energy loss is minimized through super-insulation and an airtight building envelope. Shading and window orientation help to avoid heat gain, which limits cooling loads. Superior air quality and comfort are accomplished with a heat/energy recovery ventilator.
PHIUS Certified Builders have passed a four-day training program and a written exam. There are 45 PHIUS Certified Builders in the U.S. Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, Inc. is one of seven in Pennsylvania.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing presently has a passive house in construction in West Chester, Pa. To find out more on this project, visit the owner’s blog The Winding Path to a Simple Home. The 2,000-square-foot residence includes high-performance Intus windows and a super-insulated structure. Completion is planned for early 2014. The house will stand as a local example of passive house techniques blended with timber frame craftsmanship.
About Passive House Institute US
Passive House Institute US is a registered 501(c)3. The organization’s goal is to build a network of other organizations and individuals to share expertise, resources, and effort toward goals of energy conservation, sustainability, smart growth, systems thinking in design, and a higher quality of life for all. For more information visit http://www.passivehouse.us.