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Island Home

Two-story 20’x40’ colonial timber frame vacation home featuring locally logged and milled lumber.

Oak Bluffs, MA
August 2013

Dan and his crew crafted and erected a beautiful Timber Frame for us on Martha’s Vineyard. Dan also sheathed the home, installed the corner boards, soffits, rakes, supervised our SIPP roof installation, and much more. Great Job! We now have the most magical vacation home in Oak Bluffs. Dan was, and always will be, a huge part of that.

— Charles & Meredith Brown

Project Description

vineyard-framingOur clients bought their dream vacation home on the island of Martha’s Vineyard and brought us there after the closing to inspect it and develop a plan for its renovation. The main house was built in the late 1800’s and from the outside didn’t look half bad. It had a newer addition built on in the last 10 years that appeared to be in decent shape. It is truly amazing what new vinyl siding, new shingles on the roof, and a fresh coat of paint on the trim can hide!

We could tell right away that it needed a new foundation, new windows, new flooring, insulation, re-wiring, re-plumbing, and the list went on. It quickly turned into a full gut. What concerned us as far as the renovation plan went was what the framing looked like once we removed the plaster. Much as we feared, it was plagued with rot and poor carpentry decisions, many corners cut. The plan shifted and we took the structure down while keeping the addition in place.

We cut the timber frame at our shop and trucked it across the state and over the ferry to its final resting spot on the Vineyard. It is a full two-story colonial style frame that is approx. 1300 square feet. Working side by side with various island contractors, the challenges of a remote job site were met and our clients’ new home is now vacation ready!

The timbers were logged and sawn (and delivered) by David Lashway of Highland Community Lumber in Goshen.

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