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Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam

Timber Frame Accents

Are you looking to build a beautiful barn? Do you want a rare and majestic look that is sturdy and aesthetically pleasing? Then a Timber Frame structure might be just the thing for you! We offer Timber Frame construction and accents on anything from our sheds to our barns.

You may have heard the term Post & Beam thrown around as well as Timber Frame. What you may not know is that those two are actually different framing styles!

So – what is the difference between Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam?

Post & Beam

Post & Beam structures are built with vertical wooden beam posts and horizontal beams that are secured with metal plates & screws.

Timber Frame a.k.a. Mortise & Tenon Joinery

The method of timber framing also uses large wooden posts & beams; however – how they are connected is the critical difference.

Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam

Timber Frame VS. Post and Beam

A true timber frame structure uses special, carved-out wood-to-wood connections called joinery to connect timbers together. When it comes to timber frame construction, mortise and tenon joinery brings everything together—both aesthetically and structurally. In timber-frame constructions, when connections are authentic and traditional in nature, oak pegs are used to secure the connections. There are no metal plates & screws involved like there is in Post and Beam construction. Often the frame is left exposed, adding a natural beauty to the look of the house; in some cases, the frame is hidden behind walls.

Often now-a-days the two terms are used interchangeably – even we at the Carriage Shed are guilty of that! But here at our company we offer true Timber Frame structures using mortise and tenon connections. We also offer the look of Timber Frame without the cost of constructing the whole structure as timber frame by offering accents.

Why Choose Timber Frame?

Timeless Strength

  • This construction has been around for a long time. The technique was born out of necessity due to a lack of the many types of metal fasteners that are used in construction today.
  • Timber frame construction uses interlocking joints to achieve superior strength and structural stability. The joints must be milled with precision to achieve a tight fit.

Beautiful Aesthetic

  • The exposed beams and lack of metal brackets creates a stunning rustic and elegant look at the same time. It shows true craftsmanship.

Environmentally Attractive

  • Recyclable materials combined with sustainable construction provides peace of mind that you are doing your part. 

Work with us to find out the perfect Timber Frame structure for you! Contact us here!

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New Cozy Cabin Style! Introducing The Alpine

Are you one of the thousands of people attempting to buy a home in Vermont? Have you experienced firsthand just how slim the housing market is right now? How competitive? There is a real housing crisis throughout Vermont, the Northeast, and in all reality, the entire country. Maybe the answer for you is a Cozy Cabin!

You can create your own customized floor plan, making your new home into a little slice of heaven. We offer a variety of styles in our certified modular log homes: Mountaineer, Mountaineer Deluxe, Chalet, Musketeer, Pioneer, Frontier, Settler, and our newest addition – The Alpine.

Cozy Cabin - Alpine Exterior

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Child’s Play During COVID-19

Are your kiddos feeling cooped up during the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s no surprise that parents and kids are feeling the effects of being quarantined during this time. If you are looking for a way to expel some of that pent up energy take a look at The Carriage Shed’s play units. They would be a great addition to any yard.

Written by amythehook on . Posted in Blog

Chicken Coops – A Step Towards Self Sufficiency

The past few years have shown a noticeable increase in customers purchasing chicken coops. Why are there so many people wanting to raise chickens? The reasons vary from companionship, to people just wanting to know where their food is coming from. We do know that people want to make sure that they’re choosing the perfect coop for their chickens. At The Carriage Shed we have an array of different chicken coops in various shapes and sizes to fit your chicken needs. We offer custom options so that you’re chicken coop can stick out among the flock.

Written by Amy on . Posted in About Us, Blog, Building Factoid, Building Spotlight, Construction, FAQs, Homes, The Process

When looking for a home there are always a few things that you want to keep in mind. The Carriage Shed offers seven different Certified Modular Home styles in a variety of sizes, and floor plans that can be customized to meet your needs. There are so many choices that it can be difficult to narrow them down to figure out what would be the perfect match for you. Here are a few things to think about to help you decide on the perfect Certified Modular Home for you.

Written by Amy on . Posted in About Us, Blog, Bridges, Construction, FAQs

Garden Bridges

Putting in a garden bridge is a wonderful way to not only add functionality to your space but also add elegance and class. Our bridges are Amish made in Lancaster County, PA and are made with #1 Grade Materials. They can come in either vinyl or wood (Pressure Treated Southern Yellow Pine or Cedar) and there are many styles to choose from. You can choose the right fit for your garden space or pool area. They can be delivered anywhere in the USA. 

The bridges have approximately a 10% incline on the bridge floor. They are harmless to pets & plants. Bridges over 20′ in length will have a laminated beam. Weight limit on the regular or wide bridges is 1,000 lbs., the weight limit on narrow bridges is 500 lbs. Bridges can be customized to hold more weight. The lumber is double kiln dried. Custom bridges are available, built to your specifications.

To See Our Selection of Bridges Click Here.





The Madison Vinyl Bridge

This classic style foot bridge is the Madison. It has a 29 inches high railing and is 32 inches wide between the rails. The width on any of the bridges can be customized in 1 foot increments, so that it will be ideal for your space. The Madison style is only offered in vinyl.

Bridge Shown is 14 Foot Long





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The Carriage Shed – A Bit of History

Carriage Shed - Custom Barns and Buildings - A Bit of History

The Carriage Shed is a family owned and operated business. We love being able to work with people from all over the country and coming up with designs that fit their needs.  We enjoy being able to work with the Amish on these designs.  From large to small and everything in between.  The Amish have tremendous experience building any structure you desire.

The “Here In Hanover Magazine” wanted to do an article on family business here in the Upper Valley and they selected The Carriage Shed as one of the businesses. Here is a short article explaining some of the History and Background of The Carriage Shed – enjoy!

Written by Amy on . Posted in Blog, Construction, FAQs, Garden Design, Play Structures, The Process

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FAQ: What is the difference between wood & vinyl playground structures?

During their search for play ground structures customers often ask us the the difference between vinyl and wood. Each has a huge amount of options which allows you to create the set of your child’s dreams. A lot of the time it comes down to price and maintenance of the structures. Any of the play sets we offer can last a lifetime. Here we try to make the decision easier with our FAQ: What is the difference between wood & vinyl playground structures?

Written by Amy on . Posted in Blog, Construction, FAQs, Garden Design, The Process

main sketchFrequently Asked Question: What is the right size gazebo for me?

Gazebos are a very popular way to add class and elegance to an outdoor area. They are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while providing shade. Add adirondack chairs, a table, or a bench and create the ultimate lounging experience. Businesses often use gazebos for a space their employees can eat lunch, hold meetings, or even as a smoking space. With so many sizes and style options it can be hard to choose what gazebo would be a perfect fit.  Here we will answer the Frequently Asked Question: What is the right size gazebo for me?

Written by Amy on . Posted in Blog, Building Spotlight, Construction, Garages, The Process

white river spotlight

Building Spotlight

12’x26′ White River Garage w/ 10′ Enclosed Lean-To

The White River garage is a wonderful building for someone who may be limited on space, and would like to make the most of it. These buildings have a hinged roof system, allowing you to have a loft without loosing out on the headroom downstairs. The lean-to is a great option to add a lot more space with not a huge price increase. This is a very traditional New England looking building with its steep 12 pitch roof. The white pine board & batten siding gives the building a classy barn like appearance. Our building spotlight is a 12’x26′ White River Garage w/ 10′ Enclosed Lean-To.