Monday, September 28, 2009

Recycled Historic Timber Frame Re Assembled

One of the coolest features of our house project is the recycled timber frame.  We purchased the frame from a house that was being torn down in Central New Hampshire.  This frame formerly lived at 431 Main Street, in Rumney, NH, where it was built somewhere around 1850.  More research is needed to fill out the history.  For many years it was home to Guy and Allitia Poitras, and was passed on to their sons, David and Ethan.  It had been run down for years, and was set to be torn down when discovered by Jean-Paul Downs, of Legacy Timber Frames.  This structure was disassembled and brought to our building site for a little less than $16,000.

This frame  was originally 20' x 40', and the church beams front and back ran the whole 40' length in one piece!  The original corner posts were 6", and a little light for our desired 10' ceiling height, so we located 8" x 8" corner posts from a barn in Peacham, VT, built around 1890.

Our floor plan is 30' by 30' on the inside, so the 40 footer's were cut down to 30', and one of the long beams had to be repaired, and joined in the middle.

Here's the first part of the frame erected;  these are the uprights on the south side.

 The timber frame progressed quite slowly during late summer and into the fall of 2008.  We had an exceptionally wet summer, so we lost quite a few days to rain.  Here's the frame in late October, 2008, with Linda in the South doorway.  Note the tall ceilings.

Here's Earl Bancroft using a router to cut in dovetails for the wind braces.

Mutt & Jeff.  Here's Caroll "Tate" Ainsworth, left, and Jean-Paul Downs, right.  Tate did a magnificent job with all site work, excavation and drainage, and is our favorite local Viking.  If you want to give him grief for driving a metallic flake pink dump truck, go ahead, make his day.  Jean Paul did the timber framing and general contracting.

Now that's a pretty truck!

Eventually, the walls were framed, and the roof rafters were up.  This is pretty much where things stood when work stopped in mid-December, 2008. Note the Trusses are 2 x 12's sistered onto the old 4 x 6 roof rafters, for 16.5" cavity for dense cellulose fill.  This will result in R-63 or so, plus the sheathing inside and out, for a total cap R-value of around R-65.  We probably won't add sheet foam on the inner surface to get this up to R-72.


Anonymous said...

Great job guys. You are really a great timber frame builder.

Timber Frame Maine said...

That is a historic timber frame that is why it should be restored. I can see in all pictures that everything goes well. I wish that I can the new look of that old house.