BUILDING ON THE PAST
When the Schreibers purchased their little stone farmhouse, they purchased a structure that had been built in the late 1700s — a fact that gave the property instant charm, but did require an added attention to detail during the design and building phases of their timber addition.
“It was important to the homeowners, and to us, that we be considerate of the original house,” explains Kevin Perdue, representative at Heavy Timber Truss & Frame. “For example, we found windows for the addition that perfectly matched the windows in the farmhouse. Those kinds of details are what make the finished house really come together and work.”
Pay close attention to how floors and ceilings will match up between then new and old sections of the house. These are key areas for the design to work effectively.
CHOOSE YOUR BUILDING TEAM
Choose a timber or post-and-beam manufacturer that specializes in additions. The same goes when picking a general contractor. Shop websites to narrow your search, and consider a producer’s location and proximity to your home site since you’ll pay more for freight for a company located across the country.
For more photos of the Schreibers’ construction process, and for more tips on creating your own timber addition, log on to timberhomeliving.com.