Timber Frame Homes and Structures 2017-09-05T13:02:37+00:00

Timber Frame Homes and Structures

Wade shaping a spline in the old timberframe shop in Alstead

Our timber frame homes and structures are more than beautiful sculptures connected with exacting joinery. We take pride in the fact that our timber frame homes and structures are carefully and thoughtfully planned with the finished home in mind. Every detail matters at Bensonwood, regardless of whether your home is an Open-Built hybrid timber frame home or a fully custom home. After the excitement of raising day has faded, we want you to be satisfied as you walk through your home and touch a post whose edges were carefully chamfered by craftsman.

timber frame home interior kitchen is modern yet rustic

Our Timber Frame Home History


For 40 years, timbers have been at the heart of our company. In 1974, Tedd Benson helped begin the timber frame home revival. He did it by building the first new timber-framed residence in New Hampshire in over 60 years. That would be the first of many timber frame homes. Bensonwood has built more than 650 frames across the US (as well as in Canada, England, and Japan).

Since 1974, timber framing has changed, we have adapted. Developing keyed beams in 1998, allowing us to span greater distances with shorter timbers. Our timber frames can now include engineered timbers as well as sustainable, locally-sourced woods such as hemlock and southern yellow pine. We have constantly evolved and challenged the status quo and have documented our progress in our innovation timeline. Need some timber frame inspiration?

“Bensonwood is actually a family of professionals. Each family member’s contribution is from the heart. The reason for the successful growth and reputation for Bensonwood homes is there, radiating from the timber frames. Your family of artisans makes a house a home.” – Bob M.

 tedd benson timber frame offsite manufacturing wide angle

Building Our Timber Frame Homes


At Bensonwood we use off-site manufacturing to build all of our timber frames to ensure superior quality and craftsmanship. CNC timber milling machines rough-cut all joinery. A skilled timber framer then finishes each joint by hand. To finish the outer shell of the timber frame home we use our own wall and roof systems. We constantly refine our systems to ensure you get the best timber frame home as possible. Our wall and roof systems allow us to design and build hybrid timber frame homes and buildings, where structural exterior walls reduce the number of required timbers. Giving you flexibility in design and end aesthetic.

The timber that makes a Bensonwood frame can be either salvaged or standing-dead harvested timbers. An increasingly popular choice is engineered timber in the form of Glued Laminated Timbers, also known as glulam. Glulam timbers are made from smaller, faster-growing trees, and are sustainably harvested.

No matter if you’re building a traditional timber frame home or a 10×15 foot Walden Cabin replica, Bensonwood can provide you with the structural engineering and construction expertise to realize your vision in wood.

Timber Frame Self-Tour


timber frame home self tour google map bensonwood Use this Map to visit some of our publicly accessible timber frames in New England.