Post and Beam Timber Frame Home Kit

Photo by Rich Frutchey

If you’re trying to get a handle on what you’ll get when you buy a timber frame kit, start by checking out the details. Here’s a sample materials list from Classic Post & Beam, a timber frame company in York, Maine. But remember, each producer’s package is different, so be sure to request a materials list from companies you’re considering. Package details are listed on a company’s web site.

FIRST-FLOOR SYSTEM:
■ Pressure-treated sill; LVL girders; 2” x 10” spruce rim joists, floor joists and headers; metal bridging and joist hangers
■ 3/4″ tongue-and-groove subfloor
■ Basement stair materials, including: 2″ x 12″ stringers; 5/4″ bullnose; southern yellow pine treads

PORCH AND DECK MATERIALS:
■ Pressure-treated nailer; sill; floor joists; 16″ o.c.
■ 5/4″ x 6″ western red cedar decking with sound tight knots
■ 6″ x 6″ pine porch posts
■ Spruce rafters; ties; nailers; headers
■ 5/8″ square edge roof sheathing
■ 1″ knotty pine v-groove ceiling boards
■ Metal bridging and joist hangers as required

PRECUT TIMBER SYSTEM:
■ Precut and numbered eastern white pine frame, including: 6″ x 6″ and 6″ x 8″ posts, girts, headers and principal rafters; 4″ x 6″ corner braces
■ Precut and numbered spruce ceiling joists, posts, beams, roof purlins and blocking or rafters and ties; structural ridge beams; timber truss
■ Lag screws and carriage bolts; spiral spikes and ring shank nails to secure timber frame system

STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL (SIP) SYSTEMS:
■ Structural wall panels fabricated with 3 1/2″ of urethane foam, injected between (2) layers of 7/16″ oriented strand board (OSB). Each panel is equipped with a built-in wire chase and a tongue-and-groove edge with a cam-lock installation system. Each panel is pre-cut for all window and door openings, plus all eave and gable cuts, and then numbered for easy installation.
■ Urethane foam for all panel joints; 8″ ring shank nails; 8″ o.c.
■ House wrap

DOUBLE-ROOF SYSTEM:
■ 1″ knotty pine v-groove roof boards
■ 4″ urethane rigid roof insulation
■ Urethane foam and aluminum tape for insulation
■ 2″ x 3″ spruce roof strapping; 16″ o.c. with fasteners
■ 5/8″ square-edge roof sheathing
■ Urethane foam and aluminum tape for insulation

PORCH AND DECK MATERIALS:
■ Pressure-treated nailer; sill; floor joists; 16″ o.c.
■ 5/4″ x 6″ western red cedar decking with sound tight knots
■ 6″ x 6″ pine porch posts
■ Spruce rafters; ties; nailers; headers
■ 5/8″ square edge roof sheathing
■ 8″ galvanized drip edge for eaves and rakes; 15 lb. felt paper; shingle over ridge vent; 4″ diameter screen soffit vents; 16″ o.c.; continuous strip vent where required
■ Roof shingles

EXTERIOR-FINISH MATERIALS:
■ 1/2″ x 6″ western red cedar; clear vertical grain; bevel siding @ 4 1/2” exposure
■ 5/4″ x 4″ western red cedar door and window, eaves and gable trim
■ 5/4″ x 6″ western red cedar corner boards (may be supplied as 8″)
■ 5/4″ x 8″ western red cedar door toe kick, eaves, gable and overhead door-jamb trim
■ 5/4″ x 8″ western red cedar gable and eave frieze trim
■ 1″x3″ and 1″x6″ vertical strapping at corners, windows and doors
■ Ice and water shield around windows, doors and corners
■ Stainless steel siding and trim nails
■ Decorative entrance trim as required

INTERIOR PARTITIONS, STAIRS AND FLOORING:
■ Spruce studs, plates, shoes and beam blocking for all interior partitions
■ Second-floor stair materials, including: 2″ x 12″ stringers; 5/4″ bullnose; southern yellow pine treads; 1″ pine risers
■ 2″ x 6″ v-groove second-floor decking
■ 1″ knotty pine v-groove ceiling

WINDOWS AND DOORS:
■ Interior doors and lock sets
■ Exterior doors (insulated, pre-hung fiberglass), complete with lock sets. Gliding patio and hinged patio doors, complete with removable wood grilles, screens and lock set
■ High-performance windows (Low-E) windows.