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ALDER RIVER TIMBER
FRAMES specializes in
fabrication and construction of custom timber frame homes and
structures using traditional methods of handcrafted,
oak pegged, mortise and tenon joinery.
If you are a
property owner planning to build your dream home, Alder River
Timber Frames can help you make your dream become a reality.
If you are a
building professional looking for a reliable supplier you can entrust
with a challenging timber frame structure, you'll find Alder River
Timber Frames to be an ideal choice.
Timber Frames' management has
more than twenty five years experience coordinating with owners,
builders, architects, and engineers to meet demanding construction
budgets and deadlines without compromising quality.
Who we are.....
River Timber Frames, owned and operated by Lou Grimaldi
originally from Portland, Maine, is located
in the beautiful Western Maine mountains region in the village of Bethel.
With a background in engineering & design, general
contracting and project management experience, Lou
brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the "art" of timber
frame residential design, engineering, production and construction.
We provide our
timber frame design/build services throughout the US; with each project uniquely planned,
designed, engineered, produced and constructed to match our
clients desires, lifestyles' and budget.
Please don't hesitate to contact us today
for a free, "no-obligations" consultation to
discuss your project ideas and requirements.
Toll Free at: (888)- FRAMERZ
or complete our
contact form by clicking the button and we'll get back to you in a
Whatever your tastes or timber frame requirements,
Alder River Timber Frames
to provide you with the timber work you
desire for your project.
We are a
specialty Design/Build company providing all services for the
planning, design, engineering, production and construction of
custom timber frame homes and post and beam structures using
traditional methods of handcrafted, oak pegged, mortise and
tenon joinery. We also provide all general contracting
and construction management services for the completion of
some of the types of structures we design and build:
• New Residences
• Working barns
• Carriage houses
• Pool houses
Alder River Timber Frames also provides and installs
trusses and roof systems for
clients who require the span or desire the
vaulted space and atmosphere that a timber
framed roof can provide, but prefer the
walls to be of another type of
construction, such as stud, masonry, or
Timber frame construction offers
tremendous versatility in style and
old-world look can be accomplished
using either reclaimed antique timbers or
new timbers with a hand-hewn or
hand-planed finish. A
can be created by using planed timbers
with chamfered edges, arched braces, and
other embellishments. A more informal
country or even rustic,
look is accomplished with rough sawn
timbers, straight braces, and simple,
straightforward design. A modern or
interior is accomplished using
planed timbers with slightly rounded
edges, a light stain, and a design that
features clean, straight lines.
Species selection and surface finish play
major roles in defining the look and feel
of a timber frame. We provide high-quality
timber in several
species, including southern yellow
pine, eastern white pine, red and white
oak, Douglas fir, and cypress. For
surface finish, we offer
rough-sawn, machine planed, hand planed,
hand-hewn, and hand-scraped surfaces to
provide you with the look and texture you
desire. We have developed a reliable
network of professional suppliers who
consistently provide us with high quality
If your are you looking for something different in
a new home?
... then a
Alder River Timber Frames home is the right choice for you. Our homes are unique. They provide the most solid
wooden structure that can be built while appealing to primary
and secondary home buyers in suburban, lakeside, mountain and coastal areas alike. It's a
refreshing alternative to the 'cookie cutter' look and feel that has become all too
River Timber Frame homes enhances your sense of open space, casual
elegance, exquisite design, unique style and value. If you love warmth, integrity, and the
beauty of wood, then you will truly enjoy the quality of design, materials and service
that we offer.
frame homes are nothing new. They are an age-old
European tradition of fine craftsmanship using
timbers as posts and beams to frame and support the
house. In the last 25 years, Timber frame homes have
become increasingly popular because of their
extensive design flexibility, large vaulted ceiling
capabilities and natural wood aesthetics.
Our goal is to develop a building program that fits your
lifestyle and preferences.
How to Get Started
any great masterpiece, it takes time. Once you've
got land and are ready to begin, we will move
quickly and carefully through the following phases
of your home building program. Whether you already
have house plans or don't know where to begin, we will guide you through the
complete process so you achieve the home of your dreams.
Deposit & Plan Review
Planning & Specification
Permits & Groundbreaking
Frame Raising & Move-In
Your Desires (1-2
weeks) Ask yourself and answer these questions:
What size home fits my needs?
What is my construction budget?
What level of quality will satisfy me?
When do I want to begin construction?
When do I want to move in?
What are my must have, like to have,
and dream list requirements?
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Program Development (4-6 weeks)
meet to discuss your ideas, priorities and budget.
We promise to listen and to understand your
expectations of your new home. You may have
photographs or magazine clippings of homes and floor
plans that appeal to you that might provide a point
will arrange to visit your site and consider with you how to best place your home to take
full advantage of its natural assets: sun, shade, access, privacy and distant views.
After becoming familiar with your goals (architecture, style,
lifestyle, budget), we will prepare conceptual sketches, a working estimate, and a
realistic timetable for creating your new home. During one or more subsequent meetings, we
will review the proposed floor plans and elevations in the context of your site and design
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Design Deposit & Plan Review
this proposal is satisfactory to you, we will
initiate the Design Deposit Agreement for the
preparation of your Preliminary Plans. This requires
receive your Preliminary Plans,
we will work together to review the plans to see if they still meet your design
expectations. We will also determine if the project price fits appropriately within your
overall construction budget. We can even send
this set of plans (it's thorough enough) with your specifications to
subcontractors to get estimates on the finished cost. We will revise the plans as necessary and note changes by
red lining the plan.
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Construction Planning &
Specifications (6-12 weeks)
Once corrections are noted, the plans are returned to
the Designer for the preparation of your Construction Plans. Construction plans are
far more detailed. They contain specific information useful to the
subcontractors for bidding. They also
serve as the basis for defining the total build-out cost of your new home.
are being done on the plans, we can finalize the list of
specifications which includes your choice of products and finishes such as floor covering,
bathroom fixtures, interior doors, etc. As part of the building process, you will be
making many choices from a wide range of options. We will be able to assist you in making
Once we receive your Construction Plans from
we will work together to review the plans to see if any final changes are necessary. We
will revise the plans as necessary and note changes by red lining the plan.
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Contracts, Permits, &
Groundbreaking (28-33 weeks)
Once we've determined that everything is on track, it is time
to place an order with Alder River Timber Frames for your house
construction. The Order/Contract
requires a deposit, the signed Construction plans and a requested date for shipment of
materials. After the package order is placed, we will prepare Frame Plans (also
called Final Plans) which include any final changes we've made and the specific timber
drawings for your unique post and beam home.
While the Frame Plans are being drawn, the contracts with
our subcontractors will be signed. If engineering approval is not required, the can
proceed with obtaining the building permits.
Depending on where you are building, a local Structural
Engineer may be required to review and certify the plans in compliance with local building
code regulations. This effort involves design analysis related to snow, wind and soil
considerations. Rest assured that Alder River Timber
Frames has already designed their portion of the
building in accordance with these parameters; however, local certification is often
mandatory and engineering necessary for non-related items such as foundations,
retaining walls and conventionally framed structures. If required, we will need to add 2-3
weeks for Engineering approval and stamped drawings before obtaining necessary permits.
Next, the lot can be excavated, the driveway cut, and the
foundation installed. The goal is to have the foundation capped with sub-flooring in place
when the frame package is scheduled to arrive.
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Delivery, Frame Raising, &
Move-in (6-9 months)
When the trucks arrive with your
timber frame, we will take inventory of all materials and begin erecting the frame (1-2
weeks). The remaining materials will enclose the exterior walls, roof, windows and
doors (2-3 weeks). Next, the interior walls are assembled and plumbing and electrical
rough-in completed. A representative from Alder
River Timber Frames will be on site to
direct the frame raising. We will remain onsite to
parties as your home takes shape. Our goal is to ensure that you are
satisfied with the entire building experience.
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