Curious about how things work? Please read through our timber frame process below.

Our Process

Canadian Timberframes Limited has produced over 1,000 high quality residential and commercial timber frames in North America since 1999. We pride ourselves on building beautiful timber frame structures that meet all of your expectations. We are a team of professional, dedicated craftsman, offering quality workmanship and professional service and can assist you in a variety of ways all depending upon the scope of your project.

Process Overview

  1. Log Selection
  2. The Design Phase
  3. Design & Engineering Team
  4. Working with an Architectural Firm
  5. Things to consider before you start your design
  6. Manufacturing Process
  7. Color and Finish Selections
  8. Timber Raisings

Selecting High Quality Logs

Our location in Golden, BC allows us to hand select the best Douglas Fir logs for our projects. There are many aspects we look for when selecting the logs including tight grains, no knots and no pitch to make sure they are a perfect fit.

In the video above President Jeff Bowes takes you through what we look for when selecting our logs making sure we don’t have logs with inconsistent timber fibre.

Canadian Timberframes Design & Engineering Team:

Once you have determined that you would like CTF to design your home, we will send out a design contract. Once the contract is signed, a site visit may be necessary. This is where we walk the site with you, discuss what's important, the attributes of the lot, where the home will be built on the land; identify where the sun rises & sets and views that are important to you to consider in the design. The contracted services will provide you with a set of conceptual floor plans and exterior elevation drawings, a 3D timber frame model that fits the floor plan developed.

We have a team of highly skilled professional timber frame designers ready to assist you in designing your dream home as well as developing your plans for production. Your designer will work with you throughout the design phase to ensure that the final plans meet your needs and align to your budget. We typically start with a design questionnaire to get a better understanding of your design style & how you wish to use the space. We will create a unique design that blends with the landscape and uses the landscape & terrain to shape the house through a multi-level design while maximizing value. Canadian Timberframes also offers Exterior & Interior Timber Components; Project Specific Enclosure Systems; full wall systems, roof systems, T&G, doors and windows and can all be programed into your 3D model for a full and complete quote of your new home to lock up mode.

Timber Frame Process

Working with an Architectural Firm:

If you would like to work with an Architectural Firm to develop drawings for your custom home that fit your style and approach you are looking for they will complete your drawings and work with you through the design phase then submit your drawings to our team for quoting. The detailed floor plans will be converted into a 3D timber frame model, which in turn helps us, price the cost of your frame as well as our full enclosure package if you choose to go that route.

Whether working with an architect or our skilled in-house design team; they will draw out the ideas and styles, size & layout that you would like to incorporate in the design of your new custom home. One of the biggest determining factors in choosing an architect or our in-house design team is typically budget related. Either way we are happy to provide you with top-notch professional service every step of the way.

Things to consider before you start your design:

  1. What size of home would you like to build?
  2. Make a list of the rooms that you would like to live in.
  3. Do you have children? Or would you like to make room for grandchildren?
  4. Do you frequently entertain?
  5. Do you work at home?


It is also important to consider the location you would like to build. A house should be in harmony with its surroundings and balance the needs of the occupants with the building site.

CTF's Provides our Clients with Graded Timber

Canadian Timberframes (CTF) is part of the Timber Products Inspection program. Timber Products Inspection, Inc. (TP) is an independent, third party woods product inspection, testing and consulting company with field representatives throughout North America.  They provide professional inspection services as well as monthly auditing to all of their customers.  Using TP, our customers will now have independent, professional third party assurance of our timber grades stamped on our timbers.  Their grading rules are based upon ‘Standard methods for establishing stress grade for structural members used in log and timberframe buildings’ Standard ASTM D3957 a North American recognized standard used for both residential and commercial uses.

“We are excited to pass this high level of quality to our customers and we are one of the few of North American timberframe companies with this level of timber accreditation.” Says Jeff Bowes

One of the great benefits to our customers from this new program, is when a grade of timber is specified by an architect or engineer within their design, we can deliver on these requirements in house without adding additional costs or time, where other manufacturers would have to source this service; get tested & comply. Grading also provides a layer of protection for the manufacturer and homeowner by establishing definable levels of quality for the products being sold and marketed within the industry.

The Grading Process:

  • TP’s lumber experts, engineers and research scientists have developed an accredited program to define stress grades for the log and timber industry’s use. In this program, logs and timbers are visually inspected with qualified graders observing all the surfaces of the member for strength reducing characteristics.
  • Graders must be TP personnel or individuals trained by TP at manufacturing facilities.
  • Manufacturing facilities with grade-marking privileges must have their graders certified and their performance is routinely monitored on an unannounced basis to assure conformance to the guidelines.

By providing this level of confidence and security to our customers it ensures 3 important measures: each piece has been visually inspected and graded – ensuring quality plus; it ensures all clients are delivered the quality of wood specified in their contract and lastly; with the ongoing monthly surprise inspections by TP the quality & grading is always being validated and endorsed.

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