Richmond Summer House

Richmond Summer House

A truly client-inspired building that surpassed everyone’s expectations.  The original brief was to create an away room separate from the house and over the lake that was accessed by a bridge from an upper lawn.  Once the beauty of the exposed timbers below became apparent the client decided to create an additional outdoor living space underneath the Summerhouse as well. The Post and Beam frame is made of ‘old man’ pine that has been stained prematurely grey down below to give it a consistent weathered look without hiding the grain of the timber.

“Timberworks have been involved in creating two buildings on our property; a Garden cottage (Richmond cabin) with interior trusses and a two level Summerhouse overlooking a lake. The accuracy of the workmanship is faultless.  We have found Timberworks to be completely reliable and professional and their attention to detail is everything we could have hoped for.  We live in a park-like environment and have noted that visitors and guests react to the Garden cottage and Summerhouse as features of interest and beauty in the overall landscape.  We would have no hesitation in using Timberworks again, or recommending their services to other people.”  – Rick and Sarah Griffin – Silvan, Nelson

Award winning B & B in Hanmer

Award winning B&B in Hanmer

Set in the beautiful outskirts of Hanmer, surrounded by 360 degree mountain views, this architect designed property is a stunning place to call home. The clients drew inspiration from the English style post and beam projects they saw on Grand Designs and in books and magazines and committed themselves to creating something similar. The Post and Beam is crafted from rough-sawn macrocarpa with a light sand and oiled finish. The post and beam extends throughout the living areas, Bed & Breakfast reception area, front entrance and covered verandahs.  There are a multitude of exposed beams, posts, braces etc which look gorgeous in this extensive building.  The combination of warm timbers and pale plastered walls creates a truly inviting home and the split-levels and mezzanine make for an interesting, characterful layout.

Experience Timberworks’ craftsmanship first-hand by staying at this stunning property; go to Mad Cow Manor.

Expansive Douglas Fir frame in Kaikoura

Expansive Douglas Fir frame in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Mountain Retreat was a truly inspiring project to be involved in. The location has unsurpassed views over the Kaikoura coast line and mountain ranges. The clients have extensive experience in the international timber industry and knew the style of property they wished to create and from which species of timber. The Post and beam frame is made from Canadian Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. The structure consists of two 12m long by 1m deep girder trusses which sit on four large posts and are connected with black steel plates and traditional Mortise & tenon joinery. Spanning between the two girder trusses are nine 6m span arch trusses at 1.5m centres.  Douglas Fir common rafters tie the trusses into the side walls.  The end result is spectacular, the photos say it all.

Elevated Property overlooking Tasman Bay

Elevated property overlooking Tasman Bay

This house design was inspired by the client’s desire to create a home with many unique features and functions; from the curved church-like front door, to the circular tower with a captain’s lookout on top.  The large post and beam frame in the living areas creates an original, warm feel throughout the home.  This hand crafted Timberworks frame is made of Macrocarpa and includes oversized main posts and rafters.  It also has curved floor joists through the entrance foyer which give a nautical feel and the post and beam front entrance is carefully blended into the circular tower.

Custom-designed frame in the Redwood Valley with Douglas Fir entranceway

Custom-designed frame in the Redwood Valley with Douglas Fir entranceway

This house was inspired by the clients’ love of French oak post and beam buildings.  Originally from the Island of Guernsey, they used large timbers plus oversized walls and recycled brick cladding to create a timeless home.  The frame was made from old growth Douglas Fir grown in Nelson and was left bandsawn with just a light sand to make the timber smooth to touch.  A classic irregular chamfer was placed on all the edges and together with the dark stain produced the aged French Oak look that they were aiming for.

“…as we approach winter, we are stocking up on logs for the fire.  You could say we are looking forward to sitting in our living room under the magnificent structure the Timberworks crew created for us.  We have had so many positive comments from visitors, friends and family over the last year which makes us feel really proud of what we have got here.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful experience and an awesome result.” – Simon and Kay Duquemin

Skillion frame in the Cashmere Hills

Skillion frame in the Cashmere Hills

A contemporary home with a mono-pitch roof is not your typical Post and Beam project but suits the timberframing methods perfectly.  Timberworks worked closely with the clients to design three simple Macrocarpa Post and Beam frames which were then connected with exposed rafters. Together with the curved braces and the irregular sarking this created an inviting timber element in all the living areas.

Dramatic two-storey frame in Leigh

Dramatic two-storey frame in Leigh

This stunning location in Leigh, looking over the hills to the sea beyond was crying out for an equally sensational property.  The clients had researched timberframing and had many ideas they wanted to incorporate into their new home.  An extensive home with two-storey Great Hall and dining area was planned with single storey wings to either side.  Lawson cypress was used and all connections were made using traditional mortise and tenon joints.  Deep hammer-beam trusses were incorporated into the frame in the Great Hall, finished with carved pendants at the base of the hammer-posts.  Sadly, we don’t yet have any photos of the finished house but we’re confident it looks spectacular.

Contemporary frame for Braemar Eco-Village, Nelson

Contemporary frame at Braemer Eco-Village, Nelson

Braemer Eco-Village is the site of this project, tucked into the base of the Grampians, in Nelson, with 180-degree views that take in the Richmond Ranges and Nelson Haven.  A contemporary design was developed with posts and curved beams to support the roof.  Hidden steel connections were used.  Wooden doors, window frames and other timber features have been used in the internal fitout which complement the macrocarpa beams and together with the pale painted walls give an light, airy, modern feel to the property.

The property is available for rental at certain times of the year; take a look at the website: Holiday Nelson

 

 

Crafted timber frame for a home in Porirua

Crafted timber frame for a home in Porirua

A bespoke timber frame was designed for this client with exposed posts, braces, rafters and ridge beams visible from the ground floor, looking up into the roof on the second floor.  The bedrooms have exposed trusses and macrocarpa posts were also used outside as supports for the veranda.  Concealed steel connections were used.  The final house has a real feeling of solidity and warmth to it, with many interesting features. Note the half lapped, dovetail, collar beam joinery.