This timber framed entry is comprised of American Black Cherry sourced from the client’s own woodlot and locally-sourced Eastern White Pine rafters. The entire frame is hand-planed to a furniture-grade finish and then oiled for longevity in the elements. The generous overhangs are not only implemented for their design characteristics, but also to preserve the frame.
These hand-hewn timbers were reclaimed from a 19th-century building in West Stockbridge. They were cut and rejoined to fit this new Breezeway, adding an antique aesthetic quality to the space.
Reclaimed antique timber in new construction - Berkshire Mountain Design Build, LLC
The stone and brick for this Rumford Fireplace and associated chimney were sourced directly from an 18th-century cellar hole, original to the farmland on which this residence now sits. This native stone was also used to construct some of the earliest structures in Lanesborough, such as the Old Stone Church on Route 7, erected in 1836. The hearth, mantle and lintel are comprised of locally-sourced granite. The fireplace is the work of master stone mason Ernie Zuraw, who specializes in restoration at Historic Deerfield village, MA.
Fireplace - Berkshire Mountain Design Build, LLC
Design & Drawings
These are only a few samples of a large and extensive portfolio (available upon request) of design work spanning over a decade and across the architectural, engineering, timber-frame, plumbing, electrical and mechanical disciplines.
Design and drawings - Berkshire Mountain Design Build, LLC
Historic houses and barns require specialty tools, skills and knowledge to properly restore. Some components can be restored in-situ (or in place) while others require dismantling for repairs and reassembly.
A good deal of the timber for this project was sourced directly from the land upon which it now sits. Certain trees even influenced the design with their unique forms. The remaining timber was sourced from a Berkshire farm, located less than ten miles from the site. All of the wood flooring in the house is a byproduct of the process of sawing the timber for the frame. Stone and brick were also sourced from the site and the Berkshires, as well.
Site and locally-sourced materials - Berkshire Mountain Design Build, LLC
The Making of a Timber Framed Home
This album illustrates the process by which an authentic timber framed home is made. A true timber frame is made by human beings using local materials, with tools and craftsmanship that have been refined and passed down for millennia. There is no more organic home-type. It mixes art, craft, nature and the human experience to deliver the ultimate in the same to those who will live or work within.
The making of a timber framed home, beginnings - Berkshire Mountain Design Build, LLC
Interiors are a careful culmination of function based on research, lighting, color and the inherent beauty brought about by the natural materials we aim to incorporate in every project. We design, build, and finish our interiors with custom millwork , cabinetry, stone and tile, as well as the highest level of quality and finishes available.