Project Info

New Hampshire Timber Frame Barn

The owners of this early 18th Century colonial home wanted to add a large barn to complete the historic Continuous Architecture form (connected Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn) and to find a place in the existing house for a new full Master bedroom suite. We created this space in what had been the attic of the South (left side of picture) Wing, raising the roof a bit and adding the window dormers shown. Thus we retained the original building forms and avoided disturbing the historic features of the interior. We built the barn, doing all the timber joinery on the site in the 18th Century manner. We used power hand tool as well as joiners chisles and mallets. The bents were assembled on the barn floor using only the wooden pegs called trenels or tree nails. The bents were lifted by crane and the connecting beams installed to connect them. When done we nailed the traditional pine tree to the peak. Please also visit our web site at click on Gallery and on Traditional Homes.

North Hampton
New Hampshire
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The new barn, at the right of this photo has the traditionally joined timber frame.
The Original 18th Century Colonial Home. At left is the wing in which we created the new Master Suite.
The completed timber framed barn, good to go for hundreds of years.
The barn frame stands proudly, enclosed with vertically applied white pine boards, just as it was done in the 18th Century.
A detail of the timber frame showing post, lateral and cross beams, and wind braces all pegged together with the wooden 'tre
A view through the center section of the barn frame showing cross beams, floor joists let in with mortices, and the upper lo

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