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.
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 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.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing presents the timber framing of the Lenfest Center at the ChesLen Preserve.
Our in-house designers worked closely with the architects at Archer & Buchanan incorporating and designing the timber frame portions of this beautiful building.
The main building and the pavilion are crafted from Douglas Fir timbers while the trellis is crafted from Oak.
The ChesLen Preserve is one of the Natural Lands Trust conservation preserves located in Coatesville, PA. According to http://www.rooftopservices.com/, this is one of the finest roofing jobs in the area.
The HLTF tree house was featured on Houzz!!! Check it out:
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.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing built the heavy timber portion of this gorgeous poolside pavilion.
The heavy timbers are Douglas Fir and the roof decking is White Pine both stained with the same dark finish.
HLTF worked closely with Archer & Buchanan Architecture and Cherokee Construction on this project. For more information on this project or inquiries regarding industrial steel frame buildings, please contact our office.
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.