Timber Frame Homes: FAQs
John Sweet, owner of Sweet Timber Frames, started the business in 1981. 31 years later, Sweet Timber Frames operates with a core crew of 6 experienced joiners and carpenters. In addition to John, our crew includes:
• one member who has worked since 1981
• John's son, who has worked since 1984
• four other members who have worked with us since 1991
When Sweet Timber Frames is contracted to build a large timber frame home, we draw from a pool of very experienced carpenter/timber framers who follow the available work in this area. Being on the coast of Maine produces some of the finest craftsman in the world. We've never been unable to find the right person for the particular job at hand. We've employed as many as 26 men on one large project.
We do the design work for the timber frame, the enclosure, and any details necessary. We use a 3-Dimensional computer program call Google Sketchup Pro, after the client downloads the free version it enable us to share files in 3D. For special applications and larger more complex jobs we have worked with kitchen designers, and architects. When it's called for, we rely on Firetower Engineered Timber www.ftet.com for an engineers stamp.
We will work with your designer or architect, or use your plan.
Complete plans can be ready in approximately 3 weeks once all questions have been answered. Larger more complex projects may take longer to finalize all details.
Usually it takes 6 months to a year to build a timber frame home from "foundation to finish," depending on the size and complexity of the home. The time period can be shortened by increasing the number of craftsmen working.
We assemble the joined timber frame and raise it. A crane is used for safety and makes lifting heavy timbers easy. We are open to hand raising if enough people are present and can work together under our supervision. If you are capable of managing your own raising, we can sell just the timber frame ready for assembly and raising.
Our warranty is a lifetime warranty. If anything is incorrectly cut or installed we will fix it no charge. This excludes wear on roofs and sidewalls. We have not had any call backs in 31 years of business.
Our designs are based on time tested vernacular architecture. Our enclosures are designed to meet or exceed applicable building and energy codes.
We maintain all insurance and licenses required by law for the state we work in.
We offer an extensive list of past client references.
Fixed price, cost plus, construction management, or not to exceed are different contracts we use.
A payment schedule will be arranged that fits both the client and Sweet Timber Frames. Most payment schedules are bi-weekly.
Any change order must be in writing and agreed on by both the client and the builder.
All costs agreed on before construction begins. It may be done in phases such as the timber frame joinery completed and standing with a weather tight enclosure, and another phase that includes the interior finished home.