An Ecology of Home

We build and restore traditional timber frame homes and outbuildings. When it comes to building we take the long view. We all need shelter. For most of history, people everywhere built houses with local natural materials, mainly wood, stone, and earth. Each region developed its own vernacular in response to available materials, climate and weather. Local craftsmen relied on skills passed down from one generation to the next.

In most of the forested regions of the world, timber frames formed the structure for houses, barns, and places of worship. Over the centuries these buildings proved their durability and beauty. A well-constructed timber framed building can easily last 500 years. Many of these historic structures remain among the most beautiful wood buildings in the world.

We strive to meet the highest standards of those traditions, designing and building custom homes that are beautiful, durable, comfortable, and as organic as possible. Whenever possible we choose local, natural materials that are at or close to their natural state: field stone for our foundations; timbers cut or hewn from trees from the local forest; clay and sand for our floors; cedar, spruce, or pine for boards, shingles, and clapboards. The result is a home that seems as if it has grown out of the land and that delights the senses because the textures, surfaces and hues are the ones our bodies and senses evolved with.

 

 

 

                                   

207/460-9611   jim@villagegreentimberframes.com