Home Addition, Cabot, VT

Project Overview

In early 2000 I was hired to design and build a small addition for a growing family in Cabot.  Working with the family we came up with a twenty by twenty-four foot single story with a loft.  Most of the timbers came right from the property and were milled on site with a portable sawmill.  All of the posts in the frame are hardwoods, yellow birch, soft and hard maple and braces of black cherry, yellow birch and maple.  Both balsam fir plates are eight inches by eight inches by twenty feet and came from the property.  All of the timbers in the frame are hand planed using a #4 Stanley smoothing plane.  On raising day we lifted the eave wall bents by hand with friends then we did the rest with a crane.  The home owner did all the finish work and siding.

Project Pictures

Home addition, Cabot, VT
Aurora Kelley with some beautiful yellow birch and cherry timbers.

Aurora Kelley with some beautiful yellow birch and cherry timbers.
Hewing one of  the black cherry braces.

Hewing one of the black cherry braces.
The log joists behind Seth's daughter are yellow birch and were adzed out.

The log joists behind Seth's daughter are yellow birch and were adzed out.
Lifting the eave wall.  Blocks are mortised into the plate to create a boxed in cornice.

Lifting the eave wall. Blocks are mortised into the plate to create a boxed in cornice.
Birch crotch being flown in.

Birch crotch being flown in.
Coming in for a landing.

Coming in for a landing.
One of the tie beams coming in.

One of the tie beams coming in.
Tie beam with cog joinery that fits on top of the plate.

Tie beam with cog joinery that fits on top of the plate.
Fiting a cogged tenon, which is also acting as a shear block, to help the tie beam in tension.

Fiting a cogged tenon, which is also acting as a shear block, to help the tie beam in tension.
Here's the cogged tenon with a sassafras wedge.

Here's the cogged tenon with a sassafras wedge.
Detail of boxed in cornice framing and corner post joinery.

Detail of boxed in cornice framing and corner post joinery.
Close up of scribed crotched post.

Close up of scribed crotched post.
The roof was framed out with principal rafters, prinicipal purlins and common rafters.

The roof was framed out with principal rafters, prinicipal purlins and common rafters.
Curved yellow birch joist.

Curved yellow birch joist.
The home owners finished thier own interior.

The home owners finished thier own interior.
Finished exterior.

Finished exterior.
   


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