DESIGN   

The design process begins with you and your site. Because our buildings are in the area, we can show you examples of both our craft and those similar to your ideas. Site and budget issues must be taken into account from the beginning. As we get to know your wants and needs, we can generate some preliminary drawings to facilitate the process. You are not handed a group of stock designs but rather helped through a custom design process of your own. Electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems are integrated into the overall design.

When the design phase comes to its conclusion, we are able to give you a firm bid, which includes the design work, the finished set of plans, labor and materials required to fabricate the frame, transportation to the site and erection of the frame ready to enclosed. Included in the set of prints are specific pages for the masons, electricians, plumbers and carpenters as well as floor plans, sections and solutions for the various mechanical systems.

While we do not have a licensed architect on staff, we have been designing projects, both residential and commercial for twenty plus years, the majority of which you can visit and judge the design for yourself.

CUTTING THE FRAME

With the design and bid set, we can begin cutting the frame in our shop. We maintain an inventory of two to five year old rough sawn timbers, which we plane at the beginning of the fabrication process. This minimizes the twisting and shrinkage of the finish timbers as it has already occurred previous to planing. The rough dry timbers are brought into the shop, where fabrication includes planing them square and to dimension, laying out and cutting the required joinery, finish sanding and applying a primary coat of protective sealer before moving them out into storage.

During this time period, other subcontractors would do the site prep and foundation work to our specifications. This includes getting electricity to the site, roadwork and excavation, preliminary landscaping and capping the foundation with a sub floor or slab as applicable. We would work with the general contractor or owner builder and subcontractors to facilitate this process.

As the frame is being cut, we would design the enclosure system, which would mean the doors, windows and an electrical plan would be finalized. We've found structural insulated panels (SIPs) to be the quickest and most efficient way to enclose a frame. When these items are complete and the frame is cut, we are ready to raise the frame and enclose it.

RAISING AND ENCLOSURE

The finished timbers are transported to the site, assembled and raised with the help of a crane. Once the frame is complete and fine tuned, we begin to enclose it from the inside out with interior finish materials such as sheet rock and tongue and groove paneling. The whole thing is then wrapped with a super insulated shell of the SIP's. (For more information, see www.enercept.com and www.r-control.com)

For this phase we provide our shop foreman, who has designed the panel enclosure, to work by the hour with a crew of two or three others provided by the general contractor or the owner/builder. During this process the windows and doors are installed, electrical wires are run where required and the fascia and roofing material are applied. You now have a weather tight insulated shell.

COMPLETION

The rest of your project proceeds along the same as conventional construction. We remain available to consult with the subs on any of the components of the building.