Below is a list of questions we frequently receive. If you would like to ask a question of your own please use our contact form, or feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com. We'll be sure to respond as quickly as possible.
Start by contacting your Timberpeg® Independent Representative who is closest to you. To find your closest Independent Representative visit the Locate a Rep page.
We offer a multitude of green features for our homes well beyond the standard energy efficiency of a timber frame home. While timber framing was recently named one of the top 15 eco-friendly trends in building (click here to read more) we strive to offer additional products and services to help the environment and increase the efficiency of our homes. We choose only the finest products for our homes such as certified timbers, energy efficient SIPS and low-e windows. When possible, our Douglas fir comes from blown-down or small lot cuttings and our eastern white pine from local producers. Although most of our buildings use new wood, recycled timbers from older, demolished structures are available on request. Douglas fir timbers are available certified for chain-of-custody as coming from well-managed forests adhering to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards in accordance with the principles and criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). To read more about eco-friendly building visit out Building Green page.
What R-value do you need? The flexibility of our system allows us to easily achieve whichever R-value you feel is appropriate. Most of our customers stay with our standard insulation system, which achieves approximately R-22 in both walls and roof. When codes require higher R-values, we can achieve them easily up to R-30 and R-38.
We are extremely proud to source our timber products from vendors who offer a variety of components from sustainable forests. To read more about the different products and certifications, visit our Building Green page.
Your Independent Representative will be more than happy to help locate reclaimed timbers from local sources and many Independent Representatives have done so for customers in the past. However availability and pricing will vary based on where you are planning to build. To find an Independent Representative near you, click here.
A number of Independent Representatives have designed and helped customers construct Energy Star homes. A Timberpeg package in general lends itself very well to certification as many of the components, will help you easily achieve points towards Energy Star, LEED®, and the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Guidelines. Contact your Independent Representative to find out more.
We have been in business for over three decades and are veterans of nearly 5,000 timber frame projects, both nationally and internationally. We cut our first timber frame (a small pool cabana) in the fall of 1972. We built our prototype building in 1973, and our first advertising appeared in 1974.
Several members of our Shop and Design group have been with us from the beginning. Many others have been here for 10 to 15 years. The other members of the Timberpeg team bring just as much experience to the table. Some of our regional sales managers have been with us for over 20 years and have seen many changes in the industry. They know what it takes to move a project forward, and the Independent Representatives they work with have the local experience customers need.
The majority of our customers enjoy the benefits of working with one of our local Independent Representatives. Since there are more than 100 Independent Representatives, chances are good that there is one not too far from your building site. If not, one of our Regional Managers will be glad to assist you with your building plans. With four sales offices across the country, we are dedicated to making sure that your building project goes smoothly. Our centralized design staff provides state-of-the-art support directly to the local Independent Representatives. Past customers have been quite favorably impressed with the level of documentation and professional attention to detail that our no-surprises approach to the building process encompasses. Several architects have used Timberpeg for their personal homes. One of the advantages of working with a large organization like ours is that each timber frame project is reviewed by many sets of eyes. Click here to find an Independent Representative near you.
Jim Driesch, Director of Design, has over 35 years of experience in designing timber frame homes and commercial projects. He leads a team of designers, drafters and technical wizards who are dedicated timber frame enthusiasts. Many of our designers have been with us for well over 10 years as well. Our plans are produced on AutoCAD. In addition to floor plans and elevations, we include a complete foundation plan or suggested layout when engineering is required, working drawings of your timber frame and many details, including exterior trim options and skylight installation instructions. Our design team can modify one of our existing plans to meet your needs, design you a custom timber frame home unlike any other or, if you choose, work directly with your architect.
Yes. We will be happy to introduce you to other Timberpeg home owners so that you can discuss their home-building experience with them. We can also supply testimonial letters. Visiting a long-standing Timberpeg timber frame house will allow you to see how the wood ages and how tight the frame remains.
Over 95% of the timber frame designs we produce are custom. Often this is a variation on a theme from an existing plan and is developed with the Independent Representative. Sometimes it is based on a plan from your architect, or it can be a collaboration between you and one of our designers.
In most cases your Timberpeg Representative will provide you with sketches of floor plans and elevations for your project. "Ballpark" pricing is done at this state. Upon your approval these sketches will be sent to Timberpeg Design Services with your deposit of $4,500 for more formal, preliminary CAD drawings of your home. We can provide a firm quote for the package after these are prepared. After a contract is entered into, final frame and erection plans are prepared and a loading date is scheduled to coordinate with the builder.
The Timberpeg Package includes a full mortise and tenon, timber frame, and a package of materials to fully enclose the timber frame in an insulated, weather tight shell. These materials, acting in concert with one another, are more than just a "package"; they constitute a total Building System. Click here for more detailed information on what is included in the Timberpeg Package.
Our packages include well-detailed blueprints, a mortise and tenoned timber frame, interior finish for exterior walls and roof, sub-floor/ceiling decking between levels, insulation for exterior walls and roof, any required blocking and strapping, hand-split cedar shakes (or an alternative) for roofing, clear cedar siding and trim, windows, all fasteners and on-site instruction for assembly by the local contractor. The components we provide include virtually everything necessary for the exterior shell of the building. When these materials are assembled, the building appears finished on the outside. All windows, doors and roof windows are installed, the building is fully insulated and the interior surfaces of all exterior walls and ceilings are completely finished.
No, not usually. Our components and details have been carefully selected and engineered to work together as a complete Building System. We offer several optional components and can accommodate other selected materials and custom details as part of the Timberpeg package.
A Timberpeg Independent Representative, or company employee, will be at your site to assist the unloading process and then to work with your general contractor in the erection of the Timberpeg timber frame. This person will also be available, if required, during the enclosure of the shell, and will be on-call should any questions arise throughout the building process.
We learned early on that traveling crews are not the most efficient way to deal with remote sites. Forcing clients to pay for travel, lodging and meal expenses, when a local crew could do the job just as well, didn't seem appropriate. Because we ship to many foreign countries, our fabricating shop is dedicated to producing a package of such accuracy that on-site adjusting has been virtually eliminated. Our timber frames are so well documented, and so easy to assemble, that it is necessary to send only one experienced person to work with a local crew. Our many years of experience allow us to work with a local contractor before delivery and guide him or her to a realistic estimate of the hours needed to assemble the Timberpeg components. Many customers feel it is an advantage to have the general contractor they select to complete their home also be responsible for frame erection. This eliminates "finger pointing" later in the building process. If you would like to subcontract frame erection, we can often suggest someone experienced with Timberpeg who is nearby and able to assume the subcontract responsibilities.
The construction time for any home is governed, of course, by numerous factors, from site difficulty to the size of the home. The basic rule of thumb, though, is that a Timberpeg home will take approximately the same time to build as a conventionally built home. The frame is usually erected in a week or less. The weather tight shell usually takes another two to four weeks.