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.
FSC® Chain of Custody Certification indicates compliance with high social and environmental standards.
FSC certification indicates compliance with some of the highest social and environmental standards worldwide. Certified participants promote world forest management in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner.
FSC Chain of Custody Certification applies to manufacturers, processors, and traders of FSC certified forest products. Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, as an FSC Certified Chain of Custody company, joins over 3,400 others in the U.S. who have made this commitment to sustainable wood and paper products.
“The certification shows to our clients and the community that we prioritize forest stewardship and environmental responsibility,” said founder Hugh Lofting. “We remain focused on crafting long-lasting, energy-efficient homes and buildings.”
Certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices. Growing demand for FSC certification indicates that consumers prefer products from well-managed forests. Global benefits of FSC’s certifications and programs including protecting biodiversity, indigenous peoples’ rights, workers’ rights, and areas of environmental and cultural importance.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing underwent a rigorous audit by BM TRADA Certification, Inc. and was found to meet the requirements of standards FSC-STD-50-001 (Version 1.2) EN and FSC-STD-40-004 (Version 2.1) EN for FSC Chain of Custody Certification.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing is certified in the purchase of FSC certified heavy timber, glue-laminated lumber, and decking for the manufacture and sale of FSC Certified heavy timber, engineered lumber, trusses, decking, structural frames, and roof systems. The certification is valid through 2018.
About The Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent non-governmental organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. FSC sets standards by which forests are certified, offering credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products. For more information visit www.fsc.org.
HLTF provided the structural trusses as well as the tongue-and-groove decking for this Bonsai Studio in Kennett Square, PA.
The Douglas Fir trusses were designed with solid king-post and curved glued-laminated (glulam) bottom chord to provide an elegant finish.
Glulam timbers are extremely versatile and strong and can make possible dramatic shapes, spans and curves, which would be almost impossible with normal timber stock.
The rain chain on the exterior of the Bonsai Studio is a beautiful architectural, not to mention functioning, element.
The Hansen House timber frame came into the HLTF shop last week.
Once the Douglas Fir timbers were in the shop the layout process began.
This process is guided by the detailed shop drawings created by our in-house designers.
The marked up timbers are now ready top be cut out and transformed into the heavy timber roof truss system of the Hansen House.
Check back to see the progress on the Hansen House timber frame.
This past month the HLTF crew raised a poolside pavilion in Gladwyne, PA.
The pre-assembled heavy timber roof truss system was flown into place by crane.
The pavilion was constructed from Douglas Fir timbers that have a dark stain applied to its surface.
The crew assembled the heavy timber roof system on the ground on the opposite side of the main house.
Once this was assembled they strapped the frame to fly level so that the crane could position the roof system into place.
Because of the job site layout, the timber frame had to be assembled on side of the house and then flown over the house to the poolside.
The frame was cautiously flown over the house and in between chimneys. This was no easy feat. There is also a fireplace right next to the pavilion that had to be maneuvered around.
The roof system sits atop steel posts. The crew had precisely cut the post slots in the shop so that the timbers fit exactly into place.
Eastern White Pine 2×6 roof decking was applied to the roof system to finish off the structure.
Check back for the finished project!