Bell Timber Frame

The home is located on Wilkinson Creek Lane six miles southwest of downtown Carrborro/Chapel Hill. The large 10 acre site contains pine forests, hardwood forests and a wet weather creek.The homewill be certified by the local Green Building Council of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. The size of the homewill be 3900 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths. It will be created with white pine timber framing and structural insulated panels.


Initial Site Development to install temporary tree protection area. There is a large 100 year old white oak on the far edge of the homesite. It has a small ladder that leads up to the first set of branches. This picture of the site was taken from atop the ladder. The yellow wheel was used to measure the area to be cleared.

Lot clearing was completed. A limited amount of trees were disturbed. The logs were sold to a local lumber mill to be used for anything from 2x4's to hardwood flooring and the brush was chipped onsite. The wood chips will be used for mulching and mud control.

Foundation excavation has begun for Superior Walls installation.

Superior Walls were delivered and installed in one day.

The concrete slabs in the basement and crawlspace were poured.

Backfill, water proofing and subfloor installation has begun.

The Hearthstone Timber Frame package was delivered right on time.

The off-load site was one mile from the construction site. We had to shuttle the materials to the construction site using trailers and a 4x4 forklift. They were smartly distributed around the foundation. The first bent was put together the next day.

The septic field was installed.

The Timber Frame bent system was raised using ropes, straps and 20 men. All the bents were set in place in 10 hours (a 'bent' consists of the trussas well as the posts that attach to the floor). The first three pictures show the first bent of the day getting raised for the master bedroom. The next two pictures show the three master bedroom bents raised and the beginning of the great room. The large picture shows the bent system fully raised. The master bedroom is in the foreground, the great room is in the middle and the kitchen frame is in the background.

The first two Structurally Insulated Panels have been installed in the Master Bedroom wing. Notice the rigid foam insulation between the Oriented Strand Board (OSB) on each side. The SIPs were pre-cut for windows, doors and roof lines. The walls are ready for siding and drywall... no 2x4 studs on the exterior walls.

Below is the concrete pad in the sealed crawl space and basement framing showing the stairs to the main level.

The house has been framed and wrapped. Tar paper was installed on the roof and the overhangs measure at least two feet all around. The window and door openings have been covered on the main floor by the house wrap. Pella casement windows and doors will be installed throughout. Notice the tower used for the entry room with a view of the back yard straight through.

Below is a view from the Great Room into the Kitchen. The SIP panels are all around with the Arched King Post Truss System throughout. The roofwas built with 2x6 tongue & groove with rigid foam insulation. The total R-Value of the roof is over R-40.

Below is the Arched King Post Truss System in the Master Bedroom with the structurally insulated panels throughout.

Work has begun on the roof, siding and stone. The chimney chase stands out as a focal point while the board and batton siding brings detail to the exterior walls. The Pella windows and doors were installed. All are low-E insulated glass with glass block windows above the showers. Even the well house was finished.

The view through the woods at the garage side of the home incorporates boulders and trees as a natural setting.

Painting on the outside and staining on the inside have begun. The outside paint is Sherwin Williams Brand and the inside stain is Minwax English Chestnut with one coat of polyurethane.

Drywall was hung and finishing has begun.

Rock steps were built in the front of the house. Notice the large rocks on the side with fill dirt between. All rocks were carefully set in place using a back hoe and bobcat.

The tile floors, showers and tubs are being installed. Notice the radiant floor heating mats throughout the master bathroom.

The kitchen cabinets have been installed. They are KraftMaid cabinets with a white paint finish. All of the base cabinets were heightened by 1.5 inches to account for taller chefs.

We are in preparation for the upcoming Green Home Tour of the Triangle scheduled for April 25-26 and May 2-3. The exterior of the house is looking excellent.

The kitchen counter tops and the interior trim is being installed.

The Green Home Tour was a success. Below is the display we had set up in the great room.

The house is getting ready to be energized and the gas line for the furnace, range, Rannai Water Heater and gas grill is being installed.

The final days before move-in... Post-Construction cleaning was performed by Go-Green Professional Cleaners that use only environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.

Move-In day and final pictures.


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