- Timber Frame Structures
- Railings and Stairs
- Fireplace Hearths & Mantles
- Custom Planing
- Structured Insulated Panels (SIPs)
At Canadian Custom Timbers, service and quality are our highest priorities. Using the most up to date computer software for designing and manufacturing, combined with our many years of experience in tree/log selection and production, we create beautiful traditional-style Douglas fir timber frame homes for our clients.
Timber frame construction has been revived since the 1970s and is now experiencing a thriving renaissance of the ancient skills. Timber frame structures are different from conventional wood framed buildings in several ways. Timber framing uses fewer, larger wooden members, commonly using timbers with dimensions in the range of 6" to 12" as opposed to common wood framing which uses many more timbers with their dimensions usually in the 2" to 10" range. The methods of fastening the frame members also differ; in conventional framing the members are joined using nails or other mechanical fasteners while timber framing uses a traditional mortice and tenon or more complex joints which are usually fastened using only wooden pegs.
This method of enclosure means that the timbers can only be seen from inside the building. Furthermore this method has the benefits of being less complex to build and offering more efficient heat insulation. Structural Insulated Panels are a sandwich construction of two rigid composite materials usually wood based like Oriented Strand Board (OSB) or plywood with a foamed insulating material in between either by gluing billets as in Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or foamed and formed in place with Urethane. The advantage of this for timber framing in the modern world is less of a dependency on bracing and auxiliary members, like minor joists and rafters, as the panels can span a considerable distance and greatly increase the stiffness of the timber frame itself. Recently it has become common to surround the timber structure entirely in manufactured panels, such as Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).
This is our prefered method of enclosing your Timber Frame project quickly and efficiently. After the panels are up the windows and doors are then installed to get your home to the lock up stage.
Our large log inventory allows us to selectively choose the highest quality Douglas fir timbers for each specific project. Each project is tailored to the desires, needs and budget of the client.
Our experienced sawyers go to great lengths to ensure that each timber meets our strict grade requirements. Each timber is carefully selected and then sawn to meet our appearance grade standards.
Cut at our sawmill from the same high quality stock of timbers, we offer a full range of tongue and groove paneling, plank decking, and profiled exterior siding products.