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Having completed several international builds, Carpenter Oak are used to complicated logistics and this project was not one to disappoint. We have built in the US before so thought we had it sussed. Several years on though, US restrictions were tighter than ever before.
Paul contacted Carpenter Oak having been inspired by our projects listed on Houzz. Paul fell in love with traditional English style timber framing and wanted to recreate that in his Montana home. It is no longer possible to build a frame in the UK and export it to the US so Project Manager, Tristan Appleby, set about looking for a solution.
To achieve the dream Carpenter Oak collaborated with Canadian based McDonald and Lawrence. We sent over two of our talented, highly skilled carpenters to work alongside the McDonald and Lawrence team. Sharing carpentry skills, Alan and Matt taught the English Scribe Rule framing to the guys in the Canadian yard.
The English style frame has been constructed using American White Oak in the Canadian yard before being taken by lorries to the Montana site. American White Oak was chosen as it has the most similar qualities to English Oak. Tristan had a difficult time sourcing a saw mill that could provide the size and quantity needed. The solution came in the form of Pioneer Lumber and a timber mill 2500 miles away in Kentucky, meaning that the lorries passed through a total of 9 states.
"Tristan has been a real professional, I have confidence in what he tells me, I can't say enough good about him. The solution will be every bit as good as the original concept." Client, Paul
The design process involved working with structural engineer, Jennifer Anthony of Fearless Engineers, Montana. US regulation require the structural engineer to be registered in the State where the building is to be constructed. Snow Loading, Seismic Activity and Hurricanes were all taken into account in the design of the frame. Several adjustments were made, most notably to the roof.
Various elements of the frame needed to be reinforced, additional bracing added and sectional changes made. With the added reinforcements needed it was only logical that some of this be carried out by the SIP's envelope. In addition, two steel tie rods were introduced to the sling brace frames.
The finished cabin will be made out of 34m3 of timber. The 2½ story frame comprises of a ground floor garage, first floor living accommodation and bedrooms in the loft area. The cabin is to be phase one of a two phase build that will sit on a 40+acre plot containing two lakes surrounded by snow capped mountains.
Motivated by the story, project, experience and the challenge of wanting to build 'cool' stuff, Carpenter Oak is about the work involved and the projects undertaken.