FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
and Scott did a great job on the frame and the raising. I am
still in awe at how it was up in five hours... . You were a
pleasure to work with, and are both true professionals and real
craftsmen. Thanks again for putting your heart and soul into
Gary Lavorgna, Vermont
a timber framed building enclosed in stress-skin panels compare in cost
to a conventionally built building?
The answer to this question is multi-layered.
The number of decisions affecting the cost of any project is huge. If
we can compare only an enclosed weather-tight insulated shell, with the
mechanical, electrical and partitioning and finishing work still to be
done, The cost may be a bit higher for the timber framed structure. Increases
in efficiency in the building process, and higher energy efficiencies
overall, more than make up any difference in the original cost.
What enclosure options are available?
It depends, of course, on the building's intended
use. Currently, the majority of timber frames whose spaces are to be climate-controlled
are enclosed with stresskin panels, or SIP's. These panel-type systems
are easily and quickly applied, can provide significant structural uses,
and yield an enclosure unequaled in its efficiency.
stylistic/genre limitations are there for timber work?
None. The limits to timber work are the spans
required, the timber available, the practicality of the design, the client's
budget, and time.
the construction of my own residence, Berry Hill Timber Frames
met all my expectations of quality work, timely scheduling,
and fair pricing. Having been in the business as a timber framer
and more recently as a general contractor of high-end homes,
I am very aware of the importance of ...these criteria. Best
wishes... and be assured you will be the only timber framer
I call for future work."
Kevin Doherty Kevin Doherty, Builder, Inc.
What is a typical per-square-foot cost for a timber frame?
There is no typical cost. The cost of a frame
is determined by: its size; wood species, sizes, and amount; time required
for cutting, joining and raising. Most frames, though, fit into the range
of ten dollars to twenty-five dollars per square foot.
Are larger buildings less expensive than smaller?
Once again, there are many factors involved,
but generally, the larger frames tend to have a relative lower cost per
square foot. A ten foot joist requires the same number of cuts as a 14
foot joist, and accounting for the slight increase in finishing time and
a little more handling time for length and weight, the square footage
covered still costs less.
Does a timber framed building take longer to construct than a conventional
Our experience has been that once the frame
is up, enclosure, mechanical systems and finishing proceed quite quickly,
and can often be completed in less time than in conventional construction.
This relies, of course, on a well-developed plan, an organized job site
and good coordination of subcontractors.