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Timber Frame Design Services

Providing quality design, engineering, and support services for timber frame and/or wood construction projects. We are experienced builders, carpenters, and designers. Assembly sequencing, raising, and its relationship with solid joined connections is just an important to us as a beautiful architecture.  We take both seriously.

Our approach to custom design has our services broken down into logical stages.  We have your finances in mind and believe in not committing to a huge outlay until you know your project is feasible.  This approach is why we offer the concept drawings service.  Let’s get a scheme in front of any approval boards such as a HOA or ARB before producing detailed drawings.

Serving the Continental USA with a focus on our home, The Southeast. We are experienced in heavy timber frame design, residential design, project management, and project feasibility services. Our experience is nationwide.

Concept Service

Many of our custom design clients will have us produce a concept model before hiring us for other services.  It’s a good value, and a logical approach, for determining whether to move forward with more involved timber design services such as Permit and/or Fabrication drawings. We work from scratch and from architectural plans. Our typical Conceptual Modeling Service provides the following:

  • Scaled Elevations with Landscape Backdrop
  • Scaled Post Plan
  • (1) Rendered Perspective
  • (4) Axonometric Views
  • (4) Scaled Elevations
  • (1) Wireframe View
  • (1) Scaled Longitudinal Section
  • (1) Scaled Transverse Section
  • (1) Masonry View that corresponds with the Masonry Take Off List
  • (1) Wood View that corresponds with the Wood Take Off List
  • (1) Square Foot Surface View that shows perimeter lengths and areas
  • (1) Wood List that includes all the wood needed for the project
  • (1) Masonry List that includes all the concrete and grout needed for the project
  • (1) Surface List with Areas and Perimeters Totals to determine finish material pricing

Depending on size and complexity of the project this service cost range is typically between $550 and $850. It can be more for complex architecture, but 80% of our custom concept projects fall within the range.  Please see our write up on our Concept and Budgeting Plan to see more about it.  We provide you the option of letter or ledger size drawings.

Permit Drawings

 Joint and Peg’s permit drawing service for timber frame design and engineering are offered on a custom basis for our clients.  This service includes residential, farm structure, and accessory dwelling unit design and construction documents with state engineer seal.  What’s includes is as follows:

  • Foundation Design
  • Frame Design
  • Wall Detailing and Connection
  • Elevations
  • Sections
  • Floor Plans

What’s not included but might be required by your local authority:

  • Site Plan
  • Soil Testing

Shop Drawings

This standard includes a full set of drawings for your build including bent and wall frame drawings. Our frame bent drawings are designed by a timber framer and thus always consider raising sequencing in the design. The seasoned carpenter/timber framer can build the frame from our bent drawings.

  • Timber list
  • Production Numbers
  • Joinery Details
  • Stick Drawings

Individual piece drawings of the structure. Only as a last measure. You should not need these considering the thought that goes into the Plan Shop Drawing Set. Sometimes with complicated compound members, this service makes good sense.

Materials Optimization

Easing minds and clarified accounting of materials is a service we think is undervalued. At Joint and Peg we can work with your model, or ours, to reduce waste through optimized ordering of materials.  This not only saves money, but resources as well.  On medium to large scale projects this optimized material service can directly and immediately save 2x the cost of our service.  In other words, it’s feasible for our service at $750 to save your $1,500 immediately at the time of material purchasing. Includes the following:

  • Optimized Material Ordering
  • Production Number Assignments and List
  • Nested Drawings showing which Production Number is in each ordered piece.

Contact us for a free Estimate! Send us your Sketchup model or other cad formats.  You will like this service!

Working with your Sketchup Model: (SKP)


We provide the timber frame Sketchup model service commonly to other timber framers, timber frame companies.  If you like to model your own frames but then get to the point where either you don’t like to produce 2d drawings or lists, or you are limited by the Sketchup, then this service is for you.  We do ask that you have your Sketchup model built with proper components.  We can fix this too though. Our typical “Working with your Sketchup Model” service provides the following:

  • Assignment of Parts numbers to each element in your model
  • Production of 1 to 2 sheets of axonometric views that show the parts numbers.
  • Cut list of timber or other parts with the appropriate unit for the material
  • Piece drawings of your chosen timbers produced for fabrication work.

3d Modeling

Joint and Peg’s standard 3d modeling service serves as the basis of our design work.  We produce clean and precise modeling.  Described below are a few paths and options that our clients may choose from.  We are also confident in suggesting which design service is appropriate after discussing your construction project and/or stage with you.

Our Cadwork Software

Premier Wood Construction CAD/CAM Software.

Your Sketchup Model

Wonderful for getting started. Lots of users.

Other Cad Formats

Our software can import most types of file formats.

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