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The Frame

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Design

The Design Process

Available Services

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New Neighborhood Plan

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Arts & Crafts House

The May Barn

The Lake House

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Northside Restaurant

Chicago, Illinois

AVAILABLE SERVICES


The following services are available to be packaged to suit your specific project.

PLANNING
Work with clients to establish the potential of a given location or situation.

FEASIBILITY STUDY
Verify that a specific situation will satisfy a client's goals.

PRESENTATION DRAWINGS
Illustrate the project for the benefit of others.

DESIGN DRAWINGS
Organize architectural elements on paper in order to meet clients needs.

PERMIT DRAWINGS
Package drawings so that governing bodies will know that construction plans will meet required codes.

PERMIT ACQUISITION
Shepherd drawings through the building department.

CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
Delineate the project with drawings and specifications so that the competitive bids can be made and contracts let.

TIMBER SHOP DRAWINGS
Produce specific drawings to manufacture timbers.

BIDDING
Assist the client in selecting contractors.

CONSTRUCTION OBSERVATION
Periodically observe the progress of the work for compliance with the requirements of the contract documents.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Control the costs and the scheduling of construction for the benefit of the client.


With a presence in Michigan and the Chicago area, we are well positioned to extend our professional services throughout the Midwest. We have also worked with clients as far away as South Carolina and the Bahamas. Committed to helping clients achieve their goals through good planning and design, White Oak Timber Frames and Sam Marts Architects & Planners Ltd. looks forward to working with you on your project.

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Thoughtful planning and design eliminates wasted energies and insures that a structure becomes the building it was intended to be. While the primary use of a building is to provide shelter, the art of architecture is to make the time spent in the space of the structure a positive experience. The enduring strength and beauty of a timber frame imparts a positive sense of enclosure through its light open spaces, exposed materials, and efficient methods of construction.

THE FRAME
Quercus alba is the Latin name for white oak. It is the strongest, heaviest, most stable and most rot resistant of all the oaks and has been the choice of European timber framers for centuries. Here in the Midwest we are fortunate to have white oak available at reasonable prices. Elsewhere, we have utilized other types of wood such as chestnut, cedar, and pine where they are more readily available. We have also used mixed wood types in buildings, especially where the timber is either harvested from the client's land or salvaged from old buildings.

Timber frames have developed into unique styles in different countries under varying conditions. We use typical wooden joinery in all of our frames, but the style of the frame and the design of the space varies with the desires of the owner. We feel that each timber frame should be customized to fit the needs of the people who will live and work within it.

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STRESS SKIN PANELS
The renewed interest in timber framing in North America has a great deal to do with the availability of manufactured wall sections - stress skin panels. There are many types of panels that use various materials and provide different insulating R values. The panels are applied to the outside of the timber frame, wrapping the house in insulation as opposed to fitting the insulation between the structural members as in stud construction. R values are typically higher than even 2x6 stud construction and air infiltration is greatly reduced with carefully sealed panel joints. The level to which these homes can be made airtight is such that air changes for proper ventilation becomes a design issue. As designers and builders we have investigated the different materials and the companies that offer these products. We work with several manufacturers to provide the best suited panel for the job.

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DESIGN
It is an old adage that you are half done building when the design is finished. We believe that this is true in time and effort among owner, architect and builder. It is very important to begin the design process as early as possible. A year ahead of construction is desirable.

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THE DESIGN PROCESS

1. A total budget for the project must be established. The budget will define the size limits of the structure based on current square foot costs.

2. The owner makes two lists - one titled "essential" and one titled "optional". Sketches, photos from magazines, samples of desired materials and finishes, room types and sizes, views, solar orientation, utility availability and all related information should be gathered in writing to direct the design team.

3. With the direction of the owner, the architects create preliminary floor plans, sections and elevations. When appropriate, alternative room configurations and exterior images are developed.

4. The owners evaluate the preliminary ideas and meet with the architects to clarify what works and what is desirable. The drawings are fine tuned and the timber frame is delineated until the design is right. Costs are estimated.

5. Final construction drawings are done to the level required by the owner and the local building department.

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BUILDERS White Oak Timber Frames
P.O. Box 115
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
231.256.9351
info@timbersmart.com

ARCHITECTS

Sam Marts Architects & Planners Ltd.
1474 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
773.862.0123
info@timbersmart.com

 

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