BUILD­ING ON THE PAST

Timber Home Living - - Drawing Board -

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.

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