Alaska Timber Frame, hand crafted post & beam homes, structures & kits

Alaska Hand Crafted Timberframe Structures

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: What's the difference between timberframe and post and beam construction?
In a post and beam structure the timbers are joined with metal bolts and hardware. A timberframe structure has no metal. It uses the centuries-old technique of interlocking the timbers with mortise and tenon joinery, fastened with wooden pegs.

Site Preparation?
A: The homeowner or general contractor is responsible for the foundation and deck construction. We can work with you to develop a timberframe deck if desired. Before raising the timberframe, we may need to visit the site and/or have the foundation inspected. This time usually coincides with the timberframe shop work.

Q: Cranework?
A: A crane is necessary for the raising of the frame, and very effective to have on site for any other heavy lifting. We have our own boom truck for hire. Or, depending on the site or situation, you may want to hire/rent another boom truck.


In the shop, sorting and planing before joinery

Q: Finishing the frame?
Foam filled stress-skin panels are the ideal system for enclosing your timberframe. They provide an air-tight continuous insulation envelope. However, any kind of enclosure system may be used.

A: Panels come with prearranged wire chases. Electricians who have worked with panels find this system very convenient. Wire can be run in router channels in the frame itself for certain fixtures.

Q: Plumbing?
Since plumbing cannot be in panels, floor plans and partition walls must be laid out to accommodate plumbing needs.

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Smokey Bay Beamery

Alaska Timberframe
& Smokey Bay Beamery
Sammy Walker
Cell 907-399-8786



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