A lot of people inquire about timber frame barns. How much do they cost? What is the standard size? What is the best species?
The answer to these questions is very simple: it depends. All of our buildings, whether they are barns, trusses for residences or churches, or any other structures, are custom designed and engineered for the loading requirements on that particular project.
Take for instance a barn with a footprint of 40′ x 60′. We couldn’t give a price for that without taking into consideration some very important factors:
Where is the project located?
A barn in Vermont will have a different loading requirement from a barn in Texas. This is due to different conditions for which our engineer has to design the frame, including snow loads, wind loads, seismic loads, etc.
What is the species of wood to be used?
Here at Vermont Timber Works we are comfortable with many different wood species. We have worked with Douglas fir, eastern hemlock, eastern white pine, white oak, red oak, southern yellow pine, western red cedar, port orford cedar, cypress, among others. Every species has different values of strength and properties that may be more appropriate for your project. What do you prefer for a color? Is the project to be interior or exterior? Rough sawn or S4S (planed on all four sides)? Do you prefer steel joinery or traditional (mortise and tenon) joinery? All of these questions will influence what species of wood makes the most sense for your project.
Do you have any drawings or even a rough sketch of the building?
Regardless of whether you are working with an architect or not, a drawing or sketch is a good stepping off point for us to design your building. We have worked with many different styles of buildings that have different structural requirements. The preferred design will dictate, to some extent, the sizes of the timbers.
The process is very iterative, and we can help you along the way. Give us a call, and let Vermont Timber Works design the barn of your dreams.
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