The Process – Timber Trusses / Post and Beam Frames – What we do
We design, engineer and hand-craft high quality timber features for your new home or build project from our extensive workshop outside Nelson for projects all over New Zealand. Through a collaborative process between client, designer/architect and ourselves, we will assist our client through the various stages from developing original concept plans right through to production of drawings and PS1 for council consent. Everything we build is unique but we draw on our previous experience of producing timber features over the past 13 years and centuries of tradition when developing ideas. Once consent has been granted we will order the timbers and have them delivered to our workshop to allow them up to 12 weeks drying time before producing the workshop drawings.
Then the woodworking begins. This next stage involves the cutting, laying out and hand-crafting of each and every piece specified, anything from 6 pieces of timber in a king-post truss to over 200 pieces in a full frame. Each piece will be test-fitted in our workshop, sanded and oiled before being packaged and transported to site. Once there, the very same people who made the post and beam frame will lift it all into place; possibly with the help of a crane; make all the connections and ensure all is installed according to the plans.
The ‘raising’ is an exciting time for ourselves and client, when all the decision making and careful crafting is brought to life and the end result is positioned in its final resting place. We then hand over to the builder to continue with the building process. When the house is finished and signed off, we like to return to site, possibly with a professional photographer to take some photos of the finished house. It’s always good to see how the Timberworks element of the build fits in with the completed home and is very rewarding for the team to see the end result.