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Restoration

Understanding the principles of timber-framing in New England and the use of traditional framing methods is the basis of a successful restoration.

The restoration of an old building has to be seen as a part of its history and be documented for the generations to come. Close inspection of custom timber frame homes or custom timber frame barns is part of this documentation. It is also vital to planning and estimating the project. Unfortunately the damage that you see is all too often only the beginning. The more time an expert spends on examining the structure and substructure the more accurate his estimate will be for restoring colonial homes in MA, or restoring barns in New Hampshire.

To the timberframe restoration expert it is important to save as much of the building's original material as possible. He aims to save the existing structure so that renovation for new uses is possible. The craftsmen of timberframing in New England then use artistic skills and knowledge of today's materials to create a studio, office, workshop, or home without damage to the integrity of the original structure. 

To see the structure as a unit is vital. The removal and replacement of parts of timber frame homes and post and beam homes will effect the entire building unless it is done by an experienced craftsman with a view to the integrity of the whole structure. Working on symptoms and making cosmetic repairs sounds cheap but costs much more in the long run. 

It's always amazing to see the quality of north-east colonial era homes and timber-frame buildings, and joinery is the heart of timber-framing. The joinery you see today has lasted for hundreds of years; what failed was not repeated. The builders took pride in their work and even small details can be seen as pieces of art. The completed structures remain great examples of architectural design.