Barn Homes and Beyond Blog

The Chatham Floor Plan

This post and beam, barn style home plan has been one of our most popular homes.  It has a classic barn style appeal especially when finished in red board and batten siding, and topped with the traditional barn style topper - a cupola.

Timberpeg Habitat For Humanity Project

Timberpeg® has worked with Habitat for Humanity to construct a new home in Norwich, VT. It is a full timber frame design. In addition to design, Timberpeg supplied the timber frame and labor. Our supplier, Foard Panel of West Chesterfield, NH, donated the structural insulated panels and labor to enclose the home. Flat Rock Coatings of Claremont, NH provided the pre-staining for the tongue-and-groove on the interior walls of the home.
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Building a "Green" Home - What Does it Really Mean?

By Guest Author, Jonathan S. Vincent, AIA - LEED Accredited Professional
Everyone is interested in building a “green” house, but what that means will vary depending upon the owner’s goals. In general, a green house will be one that is designed to use fewer non-renewable resources, and to conserve land, water and energy. The best way to do this is to limit the footprint and size of the building. The reason is simple physics: a smaller house uses less material, and will require smaller energy inputs to be comfortable for its inhabitants. So the first rule is to have a compact house, with less interior volume needing to be heated and cooled.

Ventilating Your Timberpeg Home

By Jonathan S. Vincent, LEED Accredited Professional

Properly constructed, your new Timberpeg® home will be energy efficient and tight. The combination of continuous envelope insulation, either structural insulated panels (SIPs) or a built-up vented insulation system ("Wrap & Strap") will result in a house that has very few air leaks, and will be easily heated and cooled. For this reason, it is important to include controlled ventilation in your HVAC plans.

Lighting a Timber Frame Home

By Jonathan S. Vincent, AIA - LEED Accredited Professional
Selecting lighting fixtures for a timber framed house can be demanding, but the same principles apply as in any other home. As succinctly stated by Peter Romaniello, a lighting consultant from Conceptual Lighting LLC in Connecticut, first decide what you are trying to do, then how you are going to do it, then pick an appropriate lamp, and last of all, select a fixture that takes the selected lamp.

What is Timber Frame Design?

Timber frame design is based on the post and beam structural system. Also called "post and lintel," this is one of the oldest construction methods known.

Used by the Egyptians, Greeks and other early builders, the tradition arrived in New England from Europe and consisted of wooden posts and beams, cut and shaped by hand and connected using wooden mortise and tenon joinery.

These large, solid timbers were felled and shaped locally using axes and adzes, and then erected as "bents" into braced frames. The post and beam frame was structural, and not exposed to view after the seventeenth century. Instead, walls of lath and plaster, siding, and clapboards or shingles enclosed the frames, and any protruding posts were cased in pine.


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