Situated in the good company of wineries near the Willamette River is a family plot with views for days. It also happens to house a New Energy Works timber frame home from 2019.
This past week timber framers Darren, Dana, Jorge, Seth, and Yoshi—with Kelsey and Jonathan in tow from the design studio—made their way back to raise a barn.
Crafted of green Douglas fir, the timbers are meant to dry as they age-in-place adding to the rustic design with natural twists and checks. The frame has some metal work highlighted throughout. It will mimic the house design using the same style exterior trusses on the top-most peak.
This western-style barn houses hobbies; a wood shop, gardening area, loft space, and clearstory windows to capture the light when it dapples in between the fir trees. Designed by Jeffery at Doyle Residential Design, the barn has a T&G ceiling and reclaimed siding & trim (from our sister company Pioneer Millworks).
The raising itself went off with a hitch, albeit some freezing drizzle one day. Otherwise, blue skies and a lovely chance to tack the bow at the highest peak when the job was through. Jonathan indulged us with the story of the bough “The bough is an acknowledgment and thank you for all of the trees and the effort that went into this new frame…gratitude, a sense of place, and source.” Hear the full story, including the tradition of beer steins in the clip below.
There’s something about good partnerships, whether it be with architects, designers, builders, homeowners, or the whole lot, that makes this work its most fulfilling. And in this case, we’re thankful for the Ric & Ginny who have become like friends.
"I interviewed three timber frame companies and there was no comparison," Ric shared with us. "It’s a pleasure to watch your team work."