The March edition of NHW E-News is here! Inside: Home Tour Rescheduled, Timber Frames and Masonry Heaters, Flickr, and 3D design.

In this Issue

  1. Timber Frame Home Tour Rescheduled
  2. Timber Frames and Masonry Heaters
  3. Timber Frames in 3D

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Timber Frame


We now have a Flickr page that showcases some of our favorite timber frame photos. If you you use Flickr why not stop by our profile pick out a favorite picture and subscribe for updates.

Do You have a upcoming Timber Frame Project?

Now is the ideal time to see a timber frame first hand.
Come check out our timber frame home tour! Details on our event page.

Timber Frame Home Tour Rescheduled

Due to the inclement weather on February 19th, we realize that many people who wanted to attend our timber frame and green building home tour were unable to come.We have rescheduled the tour for March 26th and hope that you will join us.

Details for the tour can be found on the event page.

Home Tour Highlights

  • Timbers harvested from the owners woodlot used for the frame, flooring and millwork
  • Timber framed house, garage, porch and entrance
  • Rainwater Catchment
  • Solar Panels
  • Masonry Heater
  • Radiant Heat
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Structural Insulated Panels

Timber Frames and Masonry Heaters, A Perfect Match

One of the many questions we are asked is "how to heat a timber frame home?" The short answer .... "Easily." Since your frame will likely be wrapped in Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) the building envelop will be extra tight and efficient. While any type of heating system can be integrated into your timber framed home we recommend some type of radiant heat. The added comfort provided by an efficient enclosure system is easily enhanced with our favorite type of heat; radiant heat.

What is a Masonry Heater?

Sometimes referred to as Russian or Finnish stoves/fireplaces, masonry heaters have a long standing tradition as the favorite heat source in some of Europe’s more frigid countries. The principles behind masonry heaters are quite simple and include; high temperature combustion for increased efficiency, and large thermal mass for heat storage and continuous radiation. Read the entire article .....................

Timber Frames in 3D

One of the services we offer our clients is three-dimensional design. Believe it or not we are actually able to design our timber frames in 3D faster than if we were to produce traditional 2D drawings. By designing in 3D we are able to see spatial relationships and potential design conflicts easily and early on in the design process. Besides the advantage this offers us in streamlining fabrication and production it also translates to construction savings by avoiding project delays and costly change orders. We offer basic schematic 3D designs free as a part of our initial consultations and before entering into a formal pre-construction design agreement. All we need to produce these drawings is a rough floor plan, which we are more than happy to assist you in producing.
Read more about 3D design here including; a new video, before and after pictures and a 3D model you can explore online!

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