Timber Frame Construction Services
We can build any timber frame using one of our designs or your own custom design. We have experience with both small & simple frames and large & complex ones. Our construction process looks like this.
Step 1: Estimation, Contract & Design
Upon receiving architectural drawings of your design, we will provide one free estimate based on up to 2 hours of planning meetings. Revisions requiring updated estimates and additional meetings will incur a consultation fee. We will prepare a contract for services based on finalized estimates.
With a signed contract, we next work with an engineer to draft your design as a timber frame. Roman Troyer, our master timber framer provides input into the design and joinery that would work best for your frame.
If you don’t yet have a specific plan in mind, OCH offers two frame designs - one with a modern aesthetic, one more traditional - for a modest-sized home. These are based on simple, repeatable joinery patterns that reduce labor costs and time, putting hand-crafted timber frame homes within reach of smaller budgets.
Step 2: Sourcing Logs
We build our timber frames from trees from your property, or we obtain logs from suppliers in Northeast Ohio who responsibly harvest with the health of our native forests in mind. Inclement weather does play a factor in obtaining raw material. We will do our best to keep you informed about delays due to weather conditions.
Step 3: Sawing Timbers
Dan saws all of the timbers needed on our Wood-Mizer LT 50 . Our sawmill has a 24-foot extension to cut longer timbers (up to 45 feet long) often needed for larger frames. Once the timbers are sawn they may be sent out to a planing mill, returning smooth and square in advance of hand joinery work.
Step 4: Hand Joinery
Layout and joinery are done by expert carpenters at our workshop in Barberton, Ohio, led by Roman Troyer, master timber framer, and Jake Grant, construction foreman. They use custom-designed wooden marking gauges - handmade by Roman - for layout, and tenon gauges for checking the size of tenons. Hand tools used for joinery include mallets and chisels, hand planes, and hand saws. Circular saws, chain mortiser, and routers are the only power tools used. Timbers are then sanded, finished, and peg holes drilled to be ready for assembly.
Step 5: Delivery
We check to ensure trusses fit together properly before they are disassembled and loaded onto a truck for transportation to the construction site. Some complex trusses may be delivered pre-assembled to save time at the construction site.
Step 6: Assembly
Onsite frame assembly involves first assembling trusses and bents (wall or post sections of the frame) on the ground, then using a crane to lift them into place. We use a variety of tools to aid in assembly including cordless drills, wooden mallets for driving pegs and commanders for pushing larger timbers into position. Depending on the size and complexity of the frame, assembly can take 2 days to a week or more.
Step 7: Optional Add-Ons
We provide additional products and services at your option, including sales and installation of structural insulated panels (SIPs) for roof and/or walls, custom-cut siding, paneling, flooring, trim, and decking.