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TIMBER

FRAMES

A Second Life For The Tree

 
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DESIGN & BUILD PROCESS

WHAT DOES SP&B OFFER?

Beyond the timber frame | we help you assemble your ideal design + build team.

We are firm believers in "doing what you do, and doing it well". We have been crafting and installing timber frame structures since 1996 and we are among the best in our industry. Our timber frame package is simply that, a completed timber frame, and we do it well. Beyond timber frames, we are relationship people and love connecting clients to our network of partners that can make their turnkey dream become a reality.

We understand the convenience and appeal of a "one stop shop". We also understand that our comprehensive network of architects, general contractors and SIP suppliers can offer our clients a more customizable end product at a lower cost. We empower you to assemble your own design + build team from our long time industry partners.

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PLANNING

We've been in the timber framing industry for over 30 years and have seen hundreds of projects go from a sketch on a napkin to an erected timber frame structure. The planning process is typically a collaboration between ourselves, the client or homeowner, and the architect. Whether you're building a new home, barn, or outdoor structure, here are some things you can do to prepare for an initial meeting with Settlement Post & Beam.

  1. Acquire land for your timber frame.

  2. Gather photos, floor plans, and inspiration.

  3. Create a "wants and needs" list.

 

From here, we can begin to develop a plan forward and start down the design path with one of our preferred architects or a design professional of your choosing.

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DESIGNING

Through the years we've worked with countless architects and design professionals. We've built strong relationships with the firms we feel have best served our clients in the past. We are happy to introduce you to an architect that we feel is a strong fit for your project. The design process is typically made up of these three phases:

  1. Schematic Design | Simple layout and intent

  2. Design Development | 3D views and elevations

  3. Construction Documents | Final permit plans

Throughout the design process we work closely with the architect to dictate the final frame design and joinery. Once the permit plans are finalized, we develop detailed CAD drawings in-house, calling out the information needed to craft the intricate timber frame joinery from.

 
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CRAFTING

In the crafting stage, we will source the timbers for your project, cut and fit the joinery, ship your timbers to your job site and install the frame. Settlement Post & Beam has been through this process hundreds of times since our founding in 1996; we will work hand in hand with a local General Contractor of your choosing to assure a smooth transition from our scope of work to the enclosure and finishing stage, which they will handle.

  1. Source timbers in the species of your choosing.

  2. Cut and fit mortise and tenon joinery.

  3. Raise the timber frame.  

From here, we will be available at any point during the finishing process for questions you or your general contractor may have. Feel free to call, email or stop by our model home and office to chat.

 
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PRICING

How much do we need to budget for our timber frame project?

 

MOVE IN READY PRICING

around $200 per square foot

There are countless variables to consider when budgeting for your new timber frame home. Before getting into these factors, let's establish a baseline. Having built hundreds of timber frame homes and additions throughout the past 20+ years and having canvassed numerous general contractors and architects for up to date pricing, the average "move in ready" timber frame home in our service area costs in the neighborhood of $200 per square foot of living space.

TIMBER FRAME PRICING

around 15% of total build price

Just like any product, timber frames vary widely in pricing depending on a multitude of variables. There are luxury options and entry level options available on every frame. If we were to set a baseline for the Timberworks|Design plans shared on our website, most of these frames would fall around 15% of total build for an engineered Eastern White Pine timber frame installed locally by our crew.

FACTORS THAT WILL AFFECT TIMBER FRAME PRICING

VOLUME OF TIMBER

This is the amount of timber used to frame the space. Some spaces demand more timber for aesthetic reasons or for engineering reasons.

TIMBER SPECIES

Just like anything else, some types of wood, are more expensive than others. Douglas fir and oak are beautiful but they do cost more than a white pine timber frame.

BUILD SITE

Every build site has unique characteristics that will affect the time needed to build a structure. Building in a open field is easier than building on a cliff-side overlooking a lake and the final price takes this into account.

DESIGN COMPLEXITY

Some designs are more time intensive to manufacture than others. Arched trusses, curved components, complicated joinery and complex roof systems will add to the overall price to manufacture and install.

FACTORS THAT WILL AFFECT THE TOTAL BUILD PRICE

Beyond your choices for the timber framing of a new home there are countless design options that will affect the ultimate build price. The short list includes: outdoor spaces, porches, high end trim packages, flooring choice, number and style of windows, complexity of building shape (number of corners), high end cabinetry and appliances. Furthermore, different geographic locations or, markets, dictate different pricing structures.

TIMBER FRAME RAISING

Watch SP&B in action on an installation in Deep Creek, MD

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GALLERY

 

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