North central Massachusetts has an abundance of timber resources. In fact, Massachusetts has more timber land now than it did 150 years ago. Almost 85% of the state is forested; in 1850 about 85% of the state was farmland. The major lumber species in our area are white pine, eastern hemlock, red oak, and white oak. We have used all of these woods for timber frames.
We strongly encourage the use of sustainably harvested local timber to keep costs down (including the embodied energy of the timber) and support local forestry and mills.
We are fortunate to have an abundance of species to choose from here in central Massachusetts, including white pine, hemlock, red oak, white oak, cherry, yellow birch and sugar maple. We’ll incorporate almost any species into the frame as long as it is structurally viable. Each have their own unique qualities. We are also happy to use timber harvested from your own woodland. This creates an even deeper connection between the house and its surroundings.