At a ceremony on 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.
The HLTF crew traveled to upstate New York to raise a new timber framed vacation home last week. The frame was hand crafted from kiln dried Douglas Fir in our shop in Kennett Square, PA. The frame was cut, pre-fit then stained with Land Ark.
The crew assembled the bents on the ground and then flew them into place with a crane.
Once they had these in place and temporarily braced, the bay girts were placed with the help of a lift.
This process is repeated on the second level.
Check out these great shots from one of our crew that he took from atop of the frame. The mountaintop job site is breathtaking.
The crew also flew the pre-assembled roof trusses into place with the crane.
After the super structure of bents and wall connectors were raised, the crew set the roof purlins, which span between bents.
This contemporary home features continuous glass at the South wall, which will frame the gorgeous views of the mountaintop location.
The roof decking is 1×10 Eastern White Pine, which the client wanted to remain unfinished. The unfinished White Pine decking beautifully highlights the Douglas Fir frame.
The timber frame provides the structure for the super insulated SIP building shell. The roof SIP’s have an R-40 and the wall SIP’s have an R-26.
Check back for future updates on the Catskills Timber Frame.
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!
Harkening back to the coastal New England architecture of the late 1800 and early 1900’s, the boat house is designed with a full length monitor to allow natural light to fall throughout the interior spaces and is finished with period interior and exterior finishes.
The timber frame is constructed of band sawn, standing dead Larch that was salvaged from the forests of Canada and was left untreated to allow the natural warmth of the wood to show. With time, the larch will mellow and grey.
Flooring and interior siding are reclaimed oak and pine from Pennsylvania barns.
The interior roof sheathing and exposed sub-flooring is 1×6 tongue and groove Forest Stewardship Certified® (FSC®) Douglas Fir.
The timber frame was clad with structural insulated panels (SIP’s) to provide significant R-value insulation on the roof and walls. Cedar shakes and a standing seam metal roof complete the exterior finishes.
The boat house systems have been designed to optimize efficiency, reduce waste and to maximize occupant comfort. The existing windmill was retrofitted and tied to the grid because of the wind resource for the project site is fair to excellent.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, Inc. (HLTF) has designed, crafted and raised timber frame structures throughout the United States but focuses on the eastern seaboard market. Our firm works with many wood species and with many timber specifications including:
- Solid, unseasoned and kiln dried materials
- FCS certified timbers
- Reclaimed and salvaged timbers
- Glued-laminated beams and trusses
Timber framing lends itself to many styles and structures. These include: architectural trusses, great room additions, whole home timber frames, hybrid structures that incorporate timber framing with SIP’s, formed concrete, stick framing or other enclosure systems, commercial inns and office buildings, pavilions, pergolas and barns.
Since its infancy, HLTF has been dedicated to energy and design efficiency. Today the firm has embraced the use of FCS certified timbers and glued-laminated beams, reclaimed and salvaged woods, environmentally aware finishes, SIP’s and has Green Advantage Certified employees on staff. We have been key members of a number of LEED projects, including:
- Dansko Headquarters, LEED-Gold
- Kennett Square Residence, LEED for Homes Silver
- Annapolis Residence, Off-The-Grid Home
- Bryn Athyn College Admissions Building
- Camden Friends Meeting House, LEED-NC
Our professional crew is focused upon providing superior customer service. Our success is reflected in a high level of consumer satisfaction.