Manufacturing Excellence: The Product of 25 Years of Experience

Since 1999, Canadian Timberframes Ltd has been at the forefront of the timber frame industry, perfecting the art of timber craftsmanship.

Through vertical integration, we've strengthened our supply chain and enhanced our commitment to sustainable practices, while increasing our ability to deliver great projects in a timely manner.

Discover how our dedication to craftsmanship and quality makes Canadian Timberframes your ideal partner for enduring, beautifully crafted residential and commercial timber frame structures.

The Canadian Timberframes Process

Step 1

Log Selection Process at Canadian Timberframes

At Canadian Timberframes, we have strategically located our head office in Golden, BC, giving us access to premier Interior Douglas Fir logs. Douglas fir wood is highly valued in the construction industry, particularly for timber framing, due to its natural characteristics such as high strength and durability, dimensional stability, and aesthetic appeal.

Our process begins with our experienced millwrights who assess and hand select the best interior douglas fir wood. We look for consistent timber fiber without defects like knots, burls, spirals, or ring shakes.

This careful log selection demonstrates our commitment to sustainable and quality-driven timber frame solutions.

Step 2

Log Sorting and Grading Standards

Canadian Timberframes is a proud participant in the Timber Products Inspection, Inc. (TP) program, which involves internal and independent third-party wood product inspections and grading.

TP’s professional inspection services provide monthly audits, giving our customers independent, third-party assurance of the timber grades stamped on our products. Grading rules are based on the ‘standard methods for establishing stress grades for structural members used in log and timber frame buildings,’ ASTM D3957, a North American recognized standard for both residential and commercial use.

Timber grading provides a layer of protection for the manufacturer and homeowner by establishing defined quality levels for the products being sold and marketed within the industry.

When an architect or engineer specifies the timber grade in their design, we can meet these requirements in-house without incurring additional costs or delays. Other manufacturers might need to outsource this service and undergo testing to ensure compliance.

Providing this level of confidence and security ensures three key measures: each piece is visually inspected and graded, ensuring quality; clients receive the timber grade as specified in their contract; and ongoing monthly surprise inspections by TP continuously validate and endorse the quality and grading.

Step 3

Air Drying

When a log is harvested, it is considered 'green' due to the moisture content from the water in the tree. A green log, also known as wet lumber, shrinks considerably and can check (crack) and warp as it dries, making it unsuitable for building until it reaches a lower moisture level.

Canadian Timberframes employs traditional air drying techniques to condition our timber. Our logs are dated upon receipt and placed into log decks, allowing air circulation throughout the logs for at least a year, until they reach a low moisture content. Air drying, a natural process, often produces higher quality, more workable wood than kiln drying, enhancing the wood's stability and reducing internal stresses that can cause warping.

For projects requiring specific moisture content levels, we also offer kiln drying at an increased cost, typically adding about 10% to 15% to the cost of the frame due to the additional power and energy used, additional shipping to the kiln, and the aggressive cooking of the timber.

Step 4

From Log to Cant: The Journey of Your Timber

After air drying for at least one year, a log is taken from a deck to our sawmill and sawn into cants. This is where your project will start its journey. The lumber is then sorted, graded, and stacked with spacers between each layer. From there, the stack of lumber is stored in our drying shed to further control moisture content.

At this stage, we prepare the timber for specific construction uses. Whether it's structural beams or hybrid decorative elements, our process ensures that the timbers meet the exact specifications required for each project, facilitating a smoother construction process.

Step 5

Design and Structural Engineering Expertise

Canadian Timberframes offers comprehensive design services through our skilled in-house team or in collaboration with your architects and engineers. We can create new plans or incorporate timber into existing designs.

During this phase, we help develop detailed floor plans, elevations, and 3D models, ensuring every design detail is considered. This process allows for thorough planning and visualization of the project before manufacturing begins, making any necessary adjustments efficiently. Our design team works closely with you or your team to tailor designs to your needs and preferences, integrating functionality with aesthetic desires.

We take a personalized approach to every project so that the final product meets and exceeds client expectations.

Step 6

Production

Once we receive architectural and engineering sign-off, we can begin the production of your timber. The production phase at Canadian Timberframes exemplifies the convergence of high-tech precision and traditional craftsmanship.

The timbers are first moved to our planer, which flattens and straightens the timber to a consistent level. After the initial pass through the planer, we utilize state-of-the-art CNC technology. Our Hundegger K2i 6-axis robot carves precise, intricate timber frame joints that will connect your timber frame structure. Depending on the selected timber finish (S4S or Rough Sawn), the timbers may move back to our planer for further smoothing. Each timber then receives personal attention from our carpenters and production team, who apply various hand-finishing techniques such as additional joinery cuts, fine sanding, and staining to project specifications. Finally, the timber is packaged and shipped to your job site.

This careful preparation is crucial as it sets the stage for a seamless on-site construction process. Our goal is to provide our clients with a timber frame that can be assembled on-site easily and efficiently without modification or specialized equipment. Our joinery is designed with raising and installation in mind: each timber frame part is numbered, and we provide all assembly documents to the builder. We strive to meet the requirements of an efficient assembly process.

Step 7

Finishing and Quality Control

In the finishing stage, each timber component undergoes handwork such as chiseling, routing, and any necessary drilling for timber connections. Then, varying degrees of sanding is done based on the clients desired timber aesthetic. The components are then factory-finish stained and treated with premium sealants to ensure protection against moisture and UV damage, preserving their beauty and quality.

This multi-step finishing process not only improves the longevity of the timber but also accentuates its natural beauty, preparing it for prominent display in any setting.

Quality control inspectors carefully examine each component to ensure it meets Canadian Timberframes' high standards before it is packaged and shipped to the construction site.

Step 8

Logistics and Shipping

Once the finishing process is complete, the timber frames are moved to a specially designated logistics area within our facility, where they are kept until they are ready to be shipped. Our logistics team then plans the packaging and shipping of these frames, using protective materials and methods to safeguard the timber from damage during transit.

Detailed assembly documentation and numbered components are included with every shipment, facilitating a straightforward assembly process for builders at the construction site.

Our Products

Structural Heavy
Timber Frames

Create the skeleton of your structure from high-quality, #1 grade Douglas Fir timber. Mortise and tenon joints connect the structure together, utilizing oak pegs & sometimes metal elements. A heavy timber structure is often exposed on the inside for visual appeal. We are able to provide kiln dried free-of-heart-center & select structural specifications. We frequently manufacture Western Red Cedar timber frames as well.

Glulam

Create the skeleton of your structure from high-quality, #1 grade Douglas Fir timber. Mortise and tenon joints connect the structure together, utilizing oak pegs & sometimes metal elements. A heavy timber structure is often exposed on the inside for visual appeal. We are able to provide kiln dried free-of-heart-center & select structural specifications. We frequently manufacture Western Red Cedar timber frames as well.

CLT

Canadian Timberframes utilizes CLT for its superb dimensional stability and load-bearing capabilities, making it an excellent choice for floors, walls, and roofs in both residential and commercial construction.

But it's not just about its strength, it's about its eco-friendly attributes. Embrace CLT for its ability to streamline the construction process, providing a robust, energy-efficient solution that aligns with sustainable building practices. 

By choosing CLT, you're not just choosing a material, you're choosing to build a greener future.

Wall Panel Enclosure System

We design and manufacture custom wall panel enclosure systems, specifically designed to interface with our timber structure, with all beam notches, windows & doors pre-cut; integrated built up posts and stud packs.

Specification and orientation of sidings and stone are also anticipated before manufacturing allowing all wall systems to be detailed & manufactured to accept a variety of exterior siding applications. Interior wall cavities are left open for ease of standard plumbing/ electrical/ mechanical installations. These cavities can then be insulated, vapor retarded & finished to suit using standard construction techniques and to meet a variety of energy/ insulation requirements.

Our standard wall system provides R-value from R31 to R43 depending on final cavity insulation.

Roof Systems

We lead the industry with our R37, R50, & R60 engineered roof build ups, providing energy efficiency and structural integrity as a cost effective solution to enclosing the most complex timber homes & commercial structures. We pride ourselves in our ability to develop custom roof enclosures for unique applications throughout North America.

Custom Metal

At Canadian Timberframes, we don't just add metal elements, we integrate custom metal elements such as brackets, plates, and connectors that strengthen the structure and add a contemporary flair to the design.

These custom metal components are not just crafted, they're crafted with precision to meet the unique specifications of your project, ensuring a seamless blend of functionality and style.

By choosing our Custom Metal Works, you're not just choosing a product; you're choosing to bring your unique design vision to life.

T&G and Trim

Our T&G solutions are perfect for adding warmth and character to ceilings and walls, offering a cohesive look that harmonizes with the rustic elegance of timber frames.

Additionally, our custom trim work provides the finishing touches that highlight the craftsmanship of your home, accentuating architectural details and elevating the overall aesthetic appeal.

Whether you're aiming for a cozy cabin vibe or a more polished look, our T&G and trim options are tailored to suit your design preferences and enhance the integrity of your construction.

Hybrid & Decorative Timber Frame

Hybrid timber frame structures combine the conventional stick frame wall construction with timber frame. This can be anything from brackets, trusses, entryways, roof systems, porches, balconies, feature rooms, bay windows (as seen in image to your right) etc. The same time, care, and craftsmanship is given to these hybrid elements as they would in full timber frame structures.

Any timber components that are non-structural can be considered decorative. Some of the more popular exterior elements we provide include decorative trusses, rafter tails, brace accents and brackets. Interior elements include rafters and trusses, and mantels.

Stairs & Railings

We build custom stairs & railing using the exceptional kiln dried, tight grained, slow growing Douglas Fir that the Columbia valley is famous for. We also supply custom stair treads & materials for custom applications, along with custom designed and fabricated steel.

Windows & Doors

We are a certified provider of Loewen, a LEED & Energy Star certified designer & manufacturer of luxury windows and doors. Their attention to craftsmanship & authentic materials is parallel to Canadian Timberframes values.

From Douglas Fir timber curtain walls, to bifold doors, to Direct Set windows, Loewen offers a variety of shapes, sizes, and functionalities that elevates architecture.

Discover Craftsmanship at Canadian Timberframes

From the bustling floors of our state-of-the-art facility in Golden, BC, to the dedicated team shaping each piece of timber and the stunning array of completed homes and commercial buildings—we embody a tradition of excellence. See how we bring your visions to life, blending expert craftsmanship with innovative design.

The Ideal Location

Canadian Timberframes is strategically situated in Golden, British Columbia, a region renowned for its abundant supply of high-quality Interior Douglas Fir. This prime location, spanning over 22 acres, grants us direct access to the finest raw materials, a key ingredient in crafting superior timber frames.

The close proximity to these timber resources not only ensures a sustainable supply chain but also significantly reduces transportation costs, thereby enhancing our operational efficiency and reaffirming our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Our facility, positioned along the Trans-Canada Highway, facilitates efficient shipping across North America and beyond, ensuring timely delivery of our products while maintaining their quality. The extensive site accommodates multiple buildings for different production stages, from timber processing to finishing.

This setup allows for rigorous quality control and the capacity to handle large-scale and numerous projects simultaneously, underscoring our commitment to delivering durable and aesthetically pleasing timber frame solutions globally.

Ready To See Info Specific To Your Next Project?

Create your ideal timber frame structure with Canadian Timberframes, whether for residential or commercial purposes.

Begin by exploring our commercial and residential pages to find the perfect layout that meets your specific needs and aspirations.

Our team is ready to guide you from the initial design to manufacturing, ensuring a personalized experience that brings your design vision to life.

Are you ready to build your custom timber frame structure?

Frequently Asked Questions

From understanding the design process to navigating construction timelines, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions to ensure you have all the information you need. Explore our FAQs for detailed insights and practical advice on making your dream home a reality with Canadian Timberframes.

What types of timber and mass timber structures can be manufactured using the Hungegger K2i 1300 machine at Canadian Timberframes?

The Hungegger K2i 1300 machine with a 6-axis robot is a state-of-the-art CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining system specifically designed for timber processing. This advanced technology allows us to precisely cut, shape, and fabricate timber and mass timber components with unparalleled accuracy and efficiency. The 6-axis robot provides maximum flexibility and versatility, enabling complex and custom timber structures to be manufactured with precision and consistency, reducing waste and optimizing material utilization.

What types of timber and mass timber structures can be manufactured using the Hungegger K2i 1300 machine at Canadian Timberframes?

The Hungegger K2i 1300 machine can be used to manufacture a wide range of timber and mass timber structures, including:

Timber frame homes and buildings

Commercial timber frame structures

Glulam beams and columns

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels

Mixed heavy sawn timber & glulam structrues

Decorative timber elements and architectural features

What are the advantages of using the Hungegger K2i 1300 machine for manufacturing timber frame and mass timber structures?

The Hungegger K2i 1600 machine offers several advantages for manufacturing timber frame and mass timber structures, including:

Precision: The CNC technology ensures precise cuts and joinery, resulting in tight-fitting connections and high-quality craftsmanship.

Efficiency: The automated operation of the 6-axis robot reduces manual labor and production time, allowing for faster turnaround times and increased productivity.

Customization: The flexibility of the machine allows for the production of custom and complex timber structures, tailored to the specific design requirements of each project.

Quality Control: The advanced technology of the machine ensures consistency and accuracy in manufacturing, minimizing errors and ensuring the highest standards of quality in every timber component.

Why should I choose Canadian Timberframes as my timber and mass timber provider?

Choosing Canadian Timberframes as your timber and mass timber provider offers several benefits, including:

Industry Expertise: With over 25 years of experience in timber frame construction and manufacturing, we have the knowledge and expertise to deliver exceptional quality and craftsmanship in every project.

Advanced Technology: Our investment in cutting-edge CNC machinery, such as the Hungegger K2i 1600 machine, demonstrates our commitment to innovation and efficiency, ensuring the highest standards of precision and quality in our timber products.

Customization: We specialize in custom timber and mass timber solutions, working closely with clients to bring their unique visions to life with personalized design and fabrication services.

Sustainability: We are dedicated to sustainable practices and responsible forest management, sourcing our timber from certified and responsibly managed forests to ensure the environmental integrity of our products.

Customer Satisfaction: Our client-centric approach prioritizes communication, collaboration, and responsiveness, ensuring a positive and seamless experience from concept to completion for every project.