Creating a new timber frame barn home is a simple step by step process and is very similar to any traditional build. Having incorporated barn frames in builds in most council areas around NZ, we have the confidence to support you right through the process from design and engineering to building consent.
OUR SUPPORT PROCESS
We have a simple Step by Step process to help lead you all the way through from choosing the right barn design and size to having it standing on your site. We have also laid out the expected costs along the way.
STEP 1: Connecting on your project!
Once you have made contact, we will find out more about your hopes and dreams and what you need in your barn home. Any concepts you like are always helpful so feel free to send us through any images or drawings that reflect your style, layout and taste. We will then first try and match your project and budget with one or more of our Kit-set Heritage Post and Beam Designs. Keeping to our standard Bay modules will save on design and engineering costs. We can easily add or remove bays and add extra timbers to suite your needs.
If our standard designs will not suite then we will look at adjusting the standard frames or designing, you a Custom Post and Beam Barn Frame.
We will also discuss what level of service would best suite your needs from the following options:
- Kit-set Barn Frame Only
- Kit-set Barn Frame Including Raising on your site
STEP 2: POST & BEAM FRAME DESIGN
Based on your feedback we will draw up a 3D concept of your timber frame and dimensioned drawings. This will enable us to give you a price for your frame and will also provide the basis for your floor plan. The cost for this step is $180 + GST
3D CONCEPT DESIGN
Based on your feedback we will fine tune the scope of your Post and Beam Frame and will work with you to develop a 3D concept of your barn home. This 3D includes exterior elevations, floor plans and internal 3D images. A concept will help you to visualize what your home is going to look like from various angles and in proportion to an average person’s size. Included in this process is looking at roof pitch and mezzanine spaces. Adding mezzanine’s and / or lean-to’s are great ways of making the most of the frame and will result in significant savings on your square meter rate.
This will give you a concept that you can then present to your local builder to get a ball-park figure of the costs to complete. We will also provide dimensions so that you can check with council if it will meet the boundary off-set conditions and any height restrictions for your site. The cost for this 3D electronic concept is $600+ GST. This fee includes up to 3 revisions of the concept.
STEP 4: DEVELOPMENT DRAWINGS FOR BUILDING CONSENT
If at this stage, you decide you do not wish to proceed with the project you own the concept plans. If you do wish to proceed then we can supply the 3D to a draughtsman or architect of your choice who can develop the building consent drawings and specifications required for your building concept application. Typically budget on $5000 to $10000 and 8 to 12 weeks for this process.
STEP 5: TIMBER FRAME CONTRACT
Once you are happy with the 3D concept we will supply you with a timber-frame contract which includes the dimensioned frame drawings and details of your frame. Our contracts include engineering, joinery, test-fitting, hardware, finishing and freight to site. We can also include raising the barn as part of your contract if you would like us to do that. Our contract also comes with our 10 years structural gaurantee. Once the contract is in place we can start securing the logs and milling the timber for your frame.
STEP 6: ENGINEERING
We will then send your barn-frame plans to our structural engineer who will provide the PS1 for inclusion in your building consent application. You may also need to engage a local engineer to complete any Geotek reports that may be needed for your building consent application. This normally takes 4 to 6 weeks. The cost of engineering is included in our contract.
STEP 7: BUILDING CONSENT LODGEMENT
Once your building consent drawings and engineering drawings have been completed your designer / architect will complete and lodge your building consent application with your local council. The actual consent typically costs between $4000 and $6000.
STEP 8: CUTTING & TEST-FITTING YOUR POST & BEAM BARN FRAME
We usually start cutting the barn frame once building consent is issued. Saying that many clients also chose to have the frame cut in advance so that they are ready to start building as soon as the consent is issued. We mill our own timber on site and hand-craft your frame at our base at Mohaka River Farm in Hawkes Bay. You are welcome to visit us and see the timber frame being cut.
STEP 9: BUILDING CONSENT ISSUED
Congratulations! You are now ready to lay your foundation! It typically takes 4 weeks for the concrete to cure before you are ready to raise the timber frame. we can either freight up your timber frame or will come up and raise it over 4 days if this is part of the service you have requested. With the structure in place a full weather proof shell can be quickly completed.