Ellenboro, North Carolina
I started my timber frame journey after finding Timber Frame HQ in 2019.
I called and spoke with Brice on what trees I had on my property to work with. Brice explained a lot of the process. I actually logged my own trees, bought a used Woodmizer sawmill and milled my own timbers. I was impressed with how accurate your drawings are.
I purchased the bundle plan from you guys and settled in to build the 24×36 heavy timber barn plan. I modified your drawing to include my connections and I added the 9×9 cupola.
I own a welding business and I am a very accomplished craftsman in metal fab, piping, plumbing along with ornamental and structural steel. I originally had planned a post and beam with my own steel connections. I designed a tie beam connector that worked really well and I fabricated the base plates. I also used steel connectors in other conditions but found traditional timber joints are much easier to make.
My timber frame is built over a basement. I used a commercial design to do a suspended slab over steel frame with 12 inch solid concrete filled block. Yes it qualifies to be a bunker!
I am adding a wrap around porch and a mud room also master suite on outside of the frame. I was planning to do stick framing on the wings but now I that I have timber frame skills I am doing your 24 wide hammer beam for the master.
All the work has been mainly done with my soon to be 13 year old, friends and family have pitched in here and there. My son has learned so much I wanted to build a house from scratch with him.
Finding your site was the reason we decided to build a timber frame ourselves. Without Timber Frame HQ we would have not been successful.