A Timber-Frame Dream
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Synopsis: When Eric Foertsch set out to design his dream shop, he decided a timber-frame structure would fit in best with his Connecticut neighborhood. So he designed his 24-ft. by 36-ft. shop to resemble a 19th-century barn, and used timbers from a 100-year-old barn in the construction. Hardwood floors, wainscoting, and finished walls between the exposed post-and-beam structure give the shop the appearance he wanted, while modern insulation helps keep it comfortable. Foertsch takes readers through the process he went through to design his shop, and details some of the challenges he faced that are unique to timber-frame construction.
For 15 years I dreamed of building the perfect shop. After making do with space in cramped, dark garages and basements, I wanted a workspace that was bright and inspiring. When we moved from New York to Connecticut, I had my chance.
Designing my ideal shop building consumed the first few months…