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!
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Enjoy this beautiful day and find a way to make it outside!
There is no easy answer to this question because there are so many factors that go into the price of a timber frame. For example, the timber species, complexity and even the type of joinery can greatly alter the price of a timber frame. These factors put the cost of a timber frame in the range of $50,000 to $500,000 and up. Typical residential customers usually spend around $75,000-$200,000 for an addition, $50,000-$250,000 for a barn, $9,000-$50,000 for a pergola and specialty projects can be anywhere on that spectrum.
Buckley’s Tavern, in Centreville, DE, has been a local favorite for over 60 years. HLTF was very excited to be contracted to create a rooftop pergola for the restaurant which is currently under going extensive renovations.
Under the new timber frame terrace will be an updated rooftop bar and dining area.
The owners selected planed and sanded mixed Oak material for the frame. There was no finish applied to the timbers due to their desire for a natural aging process.
Traditional mortise and tenon joinery was used in conjunction with steel connectors to the existing structure to create a beautiful and sound frame.
2×8 Southern Yellow Pine tongue and groove decking, also unfinished, was installed to cover the timber framed terrace.
The covered terrace creates a canopy providing shade and protection from the elements for the restaurant patrons.
HLTF is very excited to be part of the renovations of such a long-standing community establishment and we are looking forward to the re-opening.
Check out Buckley’s Tavern on Facebook for more information about the re-opening of the restaurant.
Here are a couple of our most recent projects ranging from a restaurant terrace to a great room roof truss system all the way to a nature preserve.
The Osteria at Catelli Duo in Vorhees, NJ.
The great room roof truss system at the Hansen House.
The Natural Lands Trust ChesLen Preserve Building.
Check back to see the full blog posts for these projects.
The HLTF crew raised this two-story 24 x 36 timber framed carriage shed in Kennett Square, PA at the end of March. The owners are planning to use their new timber frame as a shop/garage on the first floor and the second as an art studio.
The guys arrived on site early Monday morning with two trailers of timbers and pre-assembled king post trusses.
The first order of business was to get the site staged for an organized raising. This process includes orienting and setting the crane in the most advantageous position available, designating a timber assembly area and ‘shaking out’ the stacks of timbers.
After the stage was set, the crew then built the walls in sections on the ground so they could then have the crane fly them in to place.
Once in place, the sections were secured and braced off so the crane could fly the next assembly into place. When two assemblies were positioned and braced, the connecting timbers were then carefully installed, plumbed and pegged.
The crane and ground crew worked in concert as assemblies were flown into place the ground crew installed single members growing the frame section-by-section and piece-by-piece.
The lower level of the carriage shed will have two bays for vehicles and an extra bay for a garden tractor and workshop. In timber frame construction the entire shell of the building is on the exterior side of the frame so that the timbers can be exposed on the inside of the structure. In this case, the posts for the lower level are the same posts that define the studio on the second level.
Once installed, the barn flooring and heavy timber floor joists will be the only barrier between the lower and upper levels of the building.
The major purlin and structural ridge bear on the king post trusses so, before they could be installed, the trusses had to be flown, plumbed and secured.
Upon the installation of the king post trusses, the major purlin and structural ridge were lowered into their final resting place. These members in this frame had to be installed piece-by-piece taking up crane time. During this time, other members of the crew installed timbers, which were manageable by hand in another area of the building.
Among other timbers, the second day of the raising focused mainly on the roof rafter system.
The dormers were put together on the ground as much as possible and were then positioned in place by the crane. After that, the crew installed the smaller members completing the dormer.
Below is the timber frame skeleton, which is currently being finished by our sister company, Hugh J. Lofting Construction Management Services, LLC.
The HLTF crew is finishing the pre-fit of our new carriage shed which will be raised next Monday.
Here the crew is using the lift in our shop to help move around the large timbers. the rest they do by hand.
The reason the crew pre-fits is to make sure every all the joinery is tight and so there are no surprises when they get on site.
The guys are now finishing up the sanding and staining to be all ready for Monday. We are all excited for the raising event! Check back for raising photos!
All packed up and ready to go!
The drawing and the timber frame, pretty cool comparison.
This week the crew at HLTF hauled out these assembled roof trusses and raised them over a 2 day period for our project in West Chester, PA.
These trusses are the roof system and will support the roof for the living room.
Nice work guys!
The crew finished Phase 1 of this project and moved on to raise a timber framed pavilion in Flourtown, PA yesterday. The pavilion they are now raising will be fully raised and decked by the end of this week.
Last week at the HLTF shop the crew completed the finish and pre-fitting for Phase 1 of one of the projects slated to be raised this week.
The homeowner, builder and our design team worked through every detail to be sure all required structural and aesthetic details were included and executed to the high HLTF standard.
3D design software was used from concept through fabrication details to communicate every specification…down to every nut, bolt and washer.
The mixed Oak timbers were hand stained and the steel pieces were finished in a flat black.
The trusses were built one on top of the other in stacks of three.
While the tension rods and clevises on these trusses are expressed, other critical steel connections are concealed to preserve a traditional appearance for the Tuscan style home interior.
The tension rod trusses will support the 12 1/4″ thick R-45 Structural Insulated Panels (SIP’s) for the roof, while providing 24′ clear spans in the living room of this residential structure.
Once the assembly of the trusses is complete and all critical dimensions are checked and double checked, they are ready to be loaded onto the HLTF crane for delivery to the site.
Up front planning and design will ensure a smooth and efficient installation. This 24′ x 44′ frame will be ready for its roof panels to be attached in less than 2 days!
Make sure to check back for raising photos tomorrow!