Where do you work?
We’re based in North Carolina and travel and provided timber frame installation anywhere in the United States. Many of our projects are located within 300 miles of our shop in West Jefferson, North Carolina. That said, one of our larger projects was in Nebraska; we’ve built several spectacular timber frames on the shores of the New York Finger Lakes; and one of our Japanese Tea Houses lives in Bellingham, WA.
Do you build turn-key timber frame homes?
No. As a timber frame subcontractor our work is limited to the timber frame portion of the building only. Typically, we work for the general contractor (or homeowner) who is actually constructing the home or building.
How long does it take?
Currently, the average length of time between when you place a new order for a timber frame and when it is ready to ship is 12 to 14 weeks. Depending on a number of factors, lead times can increase or decrease.
Do you install?
Yes. Our crew will travel to your site and install the timber framing safely, professionally, and on time.
Tell me more about your process.
Most of our projects are architect-designed and typically we work under a general contractor as the timber frame subcontractor. We begin by drawing the project in our European 3D timber framing software so we can create an accurate cost estimate. It usually takes us about 2 weeks to submit a written proposal for the timber frame. We cut all our timber framing in-house (so we control the time frame and quality) using our 5 axis German CNC machine, or by hand—but often some combination of both. After fabrication, we label each timber, test-fit as needed, and package the bundles carefully for shipment to the job site.
Typically our employees travel to the job site and professionally install our work. The benefit to you is that they’ve worked with your timber frame for weeks in our shop, know each piece, and will install it safely, faster, per the engineer’s specifications, and with considerable attention to detail. Finally, when we install the timber framing for you, there’s no finger-pointing: we’re accountable.
The timber frame construction process is important, regardless of how well the finished product turns out—just ask someone who endured a terrible process to obtain their timber frame.
There is neither a shortcut, nor any secret to designing a timber frame. But whether good or bad, every timber frame company has a process.
Why West Jefferson is home to Carolina Timberworks.
Ask someone who builds timber frames for a living what makes their company different, and you’re likely to hear some variation on the theme of high quality, responsive service, and talented people.
“I LOVE the video on your website ‘Nailing Down a Dream’. I’ve shared that video with so many people since you first posted it.” –Jennifer Beaman Pippin, Pippin Home Designs