Creek Timber Frames tries to do the best job
possible in building your dream home. This is what
makes us different. We do all the following.
timber framers are very skilled craftsmen,
imaginative and observant. We are very particular
about quality in selection of timbers, cutting of
joints, and the entire process of designing and
building timber frame structures.
state requires it, we submit all our original plans
to a structural engineer for approval prior to
We are licensed to grade heavy
timbers, and we do so in our shop. Most states now
require all timbers to be graded, including recycled
We select the best timbers for
each use or position, for instance, as a rafter or
We cut all our frames by hand, not
with a computer controlled machine. By doing it our
way, tighter, more accurate joints are produced,
creating a stronger, better looking frame. We do not
hire other companies to cut our frames.
examine each timber and orient each one to use the
best sides of the timber considering the structural
needs, the structural qualities, and the appearance
of each timber. We consider knots, camber or arch,
checks, positions of joints, etc.
joint layout is checked by two timber framers before
cutting, then scored with a sharp knife, then cut by
hand, and planed or chiseled to the scored line.
After cutting the joints, all endgrain is coated
with a wax-based sealer to decrease checking.
the homeowners wish, we use naturally curved timbers
in some timber positions.
beamery is large enough to cut, trial assemble, and
store even large frames indoors. All frames are
trial assembled before shipping. All timbers are
cleaned and sanded prior to shipping, and all
timbers are stickered to allow air circulation and
even drying when not being actively worked.
cut, your timber frame is stored inside of our
beamery until it is raised on your job-site.
timber framers who cut the frame travel to the job
site and raise the frame. During the raising, we
carefully use fall protection. To lock the joints,
we use octagonal locust pegs, a very dense and
Prior to the raising of the
frame, post lengths are left long. Often, subfloors
built prior to our arrival are not level. We measure
elevations of each post position and cut the post to
the correct length for each position on site to
ensure a level and plumb frame. These 6"
cutoffs are the only waste we contribute to the
We apply the tongue and groove or
We encourage the use of what we
consider the most cost effective insulation on the
market today, SIPS, a sandwich panel of oriented
strandboard or OSB on both sides and Styrofoam
(expanded polystyrene or EPS) in the middle. We
apply the SIPS to the walls and roof with long
screws. This adds a very strong component to the
already quite strong timber frame. SIPS come precut,
with prepared window and door openings ready to
accept units from your supplier.
turn over the project, already essentially green, to
your general contractor.
Cabin Creek Timber Frames
6624 Georgia Rd. |
Toll Free: (877) 369-5899
Phone: (828) 369-5899
Fax: (828) 369-8512
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