Timber Frame Projects

Engeneer: Steve Alexander P.E., CCI Engeneering
Dayton, Ohio

We added structural support to the timbers and rafters, then replaced the roof on this circa-1830s barn. The challenge on this project was to add strength and integrity to the building and a place of assembly, while maintaining and complementing the original fabric and design. Many of the original pole rafters--notable for the tree bark still in place--were badly bowed. Though most of the white oak and beech timbers were in excellent condition, due to the placement of the beam joints, the roof was sagging noticeably at the middle of the barn.

With the help of Steve Alexander at CCI Engineering, we were able to stabilize and straighten out the roof significantly. Inside, new yellow pine was used for four laminated beams that spanned the entire length of the barn, and steel tension rods now criss-cross the outer sections. We also added a camber-rod-style tension system to prevent the center of the barn from sagging further. Two other original beams that had rotted from roof leaks were replaced or reinforced. Outside, we installed a new Snap-Lock standing seam roof on the orginal space sheathing, new rafter tails, new drip boards and new gutters. All of this construction was completed with mindful consideration of Learning Tree's livestock that inhabits the lower level of the barn!

Learning Tree Farm 

New, laminated yellow pine beams support the rafters and complement the original structure
We removed the old, leaky roof and installed the new one while keeping the animals below safe
With our scaffold and the owner's forklift, we fit the massive 8x16 ridge beam and posts together

Ken pounds a pin into a mortise and tenon joint

Funderburg Barn 

Privately Owned

New Carlisle, Ohio

The owner of this multi-barn complex has big plans for the building. After a major windstorm in 2012 caused irrevocable damage to the mid-1800s part of the barn, the owner redesigned the roofline to match a mid-1900s addition. Attached to that is a circa-1910 timber fame barn that needed some repair.

Keeping in the spirit of the original timber frame structures, we erected new framing from new 8x16 and 8x8 white oak. Several timbers in the old part of the building were deteriorating, so we made repairs and replaced them using walnut and oak hand-hewn timbers reclaimed from the demolition. We also installed new oak space sheathing, new fir rafters with reclaimed barn siding for sheathing, new fir siding to match the existing siding, and we continue to work with the owner on other ongoing projects.

Mike's Carriage House

A snap-lock standing seam roof will protect Mike's building for decades to come
Bruce and Mike (the client) place a pine bough as part of the ancient "Topping Out" ceremony.
Privately Owned
Springboro, Ohio

We helped set the rafters, sheathing, and roof on this new carriage house for Mike, a client who cut and erected the timber frame base.

Ed's Barn - Barn of the Year 2009

Privately Owned

Bellbrook, Ohio

The owner had a vision for this circa-1851 German-style bank barn when he entrusted us with its complete restoration in 2008. In addition to making necessary repairs to the original frame, we strengthened the structure to enable it to be used as a place of public assembly. Extensive foundation repairs, new white oak siding, and a new standing-seam metal roof (installed to allow the original wood shakes to be visible when viewed from inside) completed the transformation. "Ed's Barn" was designated 2009 Barn of the Year for Agricultural Use by the Friends of Ohio Barns and, in August 2009, it opened to the public as the centerpiece of Adventure Acres, an agri-entertainment facility featuring corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and other family activities.

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

Director: Charity Krueger

Dayton, Ohio

After this historic timber frame barn was destroyed by fire in 1987, we were enlisted to dismantle, move, and reconstruct another similar old barn on the foundation of the original Aullwood Farm barn. We carefully numbered all the pieces, dismantled the frame, moved the pieces, repaired rotten or damaged timbers, “stretched” the frame two feet so that it would fit the foundation, and re-erected the frame. We then applied a new wood-shingle roof and poplar siding, custom-made doors, louvers, cupolas, stairs, railings, partitions, stalls, etc., all in the style of fine barns of this area in the 19th century.

In 2009, we returned to Aullwood to make repairs and perform maintenance on the barn and to refurbish Aullwood’s “Sugar House” with new siding, a new standing-seam roof, custom-made doors and a more “volunteer-friendly” way to open and close the clerestory vents.

The bank barn
The sugar house