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For the love of the craft

For the love of the craft

Celebrating the workmanship inherent in heritage timber structures and features.

Words by Justin Foote

To say Ralph Lattimore is a fan of hand-worked timber is an understatement. In fact, he’s such a fan, he and his wife, along with another couple, established their business—Timberworks—back in 2002 producing hand-crafted roof trusses and post and beam frames.

“I am drawn to the character and craftsmanship that you find with post and beam mortise and tenon joinery, especially on heritage buildings. One of the aspects of the business we started was partnering with a Texas-based company, Heritage Barns, which sources old barns from across North America for sale to the rest of the world.”

Ralph and his wife are now settled on Mohaka River Farm in the Hawke’s Bay region where they run Timberworks in addition to Heritage Timbercraft, offering antique heritage barns and a range of kitset barn frames and feature reclaimed and new doors

“We have a range of kitset barns made from New Zealand timbers that are based around a modular plan and can produce anything from 30m2 upto 260m2,” says Ralph. “The beauty of these buildings is that you get a lot of space for your money, which means it’s easy to incorporate elements such as mezzanines and lean-tos into the plans, making them a cost-effective house style.”

Experience the true beauty of a heritage property with an original old-world barn from North America.

Heritage Timbercraft: so good it's infectious

Ralph is joined in the business by Peter Macfarlane who also fell in love with the mortise and tenon craft. “There’s a different pace when you’re working with timber in this way, one that becomes very much ingrained.”

Based at Mohaka River Farm, Heritage Timbercraft ships its products all over New Zealand and offers a full design and architectural service or you can complete your project with your own designer or architect, says Ralph.

“Everything from feature trusses through to full kitset barn homes is produced onsite using our own sawmill before being assembled in our own joinery workshop to our own design specifications using time-honoured techniques and craftsmanship.”

Peter says they started producing kitset barns to offer people a cost-effective alternative to their heritage products.

“While the actual process of building is no different if it’s a heritage barn or a new kitset there are a number of other factors involved that will push up the price on the heritage option, not least of which is the skill needed to work with irregular timbers that can be as much as 250 years old. The end result however, is spectacular and few other styles can come close in terms of character and charm.”

With a Heritage Timbercraft kitset, you can combine the best of heritage timbers with modern architectural design to create a truly bespoke home.

Heritage Timbercraft: heritage and kitset options

Whether heritage or kitset, Heritage Timbercrafts’ barn homes can be erected on standard concrete slab foundations or on a timber floor foundation, although the latter requires a pile to be positioned under each post.

Ralph says clients often choose a mix of kitset frame and feature trusses, which helps make construction a simpler process while still achieving the aesthetic value that people prize.

Heritage Timbercraft uses a range of timbers including macrocarpa, Lawson cypress, ironbark, oak and Douglas fir.

“The choice of timber will depend on your budget and the look and feel you are wanting to create,” says Peter. “We also offer a range of finish options with a textured oil finish being the most popular, available in clear, whitewashed, oak, teak and charcoal.”

Learn more about heritage and kitset barns and other items of mortise and tenon joinery.

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Celebrating the workmanship inherent in heritage timber structures and features.

Words by Justin Foote

To say Ralph Lattimore is a fan of hand-worked timber is an understatement. In fact, he’s such a fan, he and his wife, along with another couple, established their business—Timberworks—back in 2002 producing hand-crafted roof trusses and post and beam frames.

“I am drawn to the character and craftsmanship that you find with post and beam mortise and tenon joinery, especially on heritage buildings. One of the aspects of the business we started was partnering with a Texas-based company, Heritage Barns, which sources old barns from across North America for sale to the rest of the world.”

Ralph and his wife are now settled on Mohaka River Farm in the Hawke’s Bay region where they run Timberworks in addition to Heritage Timbercraft, offering antique heritage barns and a range of kitset barn frames and feature reclaimed and new doors

“We have a range of kitset barns made from New Zealand timbers that are based around a modular plan and can produce anything from 30m2 upto 260m2,” says Ralph. “The beauty of these buildings is that you get a lot of space for your money, which means it’s easy to incorporate elements such as mezzanines and lean-tos into the plans, making them a cost-effective house style.”

Experience the true beauty of a heritage property with an original old-world barn from North America.

Heritage Timbercraft: so good it's infectious

Ralph is joined in the business by Peter Macfarlane who also fell in love with the mortise and tenon craft. “There’s a different pace when you’re working with timber in this way, one that becomes very much ingrained.”

Based at Mohaka River Farm, Heritage Timbercraft ships its products all over New Zealand and offers a full design and architectural service or you can complete your project with your own designer or architect, says Ralph.

“Everything from feature trusses through to full kitset barn homes is produced onsite using our own sawmill before being assembled in our own joinery workshop to our own design specifications using time-honoured techniques and craftsmanship.”

Peter says they started producing kitset barns to offer people a cost-effective alternative to their heritage products.

“While the actual process of building is no different if it’s a heritage barn or a new kitset there are a number of other factors involved that will push up the price on the heritage option, not least of which is the skill needed to work with irregular timbers that can be as much as 250 years old. The end result however, is spectacular and few other styles can come close in terms of character and charm.”

With a Heritage Timbercraft kitset, you can combine the best of heritage timbers with modern architectural design to create a truly bespoke home.

Heritage Timbercraft: heritage and kitset options

Whether heritage or kitset, Heritage Timbercrafts’ barn homes can be erected on standard concrete slab foundations or on a timber floor foundation, although the latter requires a pile to be positioned under each post.

Ralph says clients often choose a mix of kitset frame and feature trusses, which helps make construction a simpler process while still achieving the aesthetic value that people prize.

Heritage Timbercraft uses a range of timbers including macrocarpa, Lawson cypress, ironbark, oak and Douglas fir.

“The choice of timber will depend on your budget and the look and feel you are wanting to create,” says Peter. “We also offer a range of finish options with a textured oil finish being the most popular, available in clear, whitewashed, oak, teak and charcoal.”

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For the love of the craft

Celebrating the workmanship inherent in heritage timber structures and features.

Words by Justin Foote

To say Ralph Lattimore is a fan of hand-worked timber is an understatement. In fact, he’s such a fan, he and his wife, along with another couple, established their business—Timberworks—back in 2002 producing hand-crafted roof trusses and post and beam frames.

“I am drawn to the character and craftsmanship that you find with post and beam mortise and tenon joinery, especially on heritage buildings. One of the aspects of the business we started was partnering with a Texas-based company, Heritage Barns, which sources old barns from across North America for sale to the rest of the world.”

Ralph and his wife are now settled on Mohaka River Farm in the Hawke’s Bay region where they run Timberworks in addition to Heritage Timbercraft, offering antique heritage barns and a range of kitset barn frames and feature reclaimed and new doors

“We have a range of kitset barns made from New Zealand timbers that are based around a modular plan and can produce anything from 30m2 upto 260m2,” says Ralph. “The beauty of these buildings is that you get a lot of space for your money, which means it’s easy to incorporate elements such as mezzanines and lean-tos into the plans, making them a cost-effective house style.”

Experience the true beauty of a heritage property with an original old-world barn from North America.

Heritage Timbercraft: so good it's infectious

Ralph is joined in the business by Peter Macfarlane who also fell in love with the mortise and tenon craft. “There’s a different pace when you’re working with timber in this way, one that becomes very much ingrained.”

Based at Mohaka River Farm, Heritage Timbercraft ships its products all over New Zealand and offers a full design and architectural service or you can complete your project with your own designer or architect, says Ralph.

“Everything from feature trusses through to full kitset barn homes is produced onsite using our own sawmill before being assembled in our own joinery workshop to our own design specifications using time-honoured techniques and craftsmanship.”

Peter says they started producing kitset barns to offer people a cost-effective alternative to their heritage products.

“While the actual process of building is no different if it’s a heritage barn or a new kitset there are a number of other factors involved that will push up the price on the heritage option, not least of which is the skill needed to work with irregular timbers that can be as much as 250 years old. The end result however, is spectacular and few other styles can come close in terms of character and charm.”

With a Heritage Timbercraft kitset, you can combine the best of heritage timbers with modern architectural design to create a truly bespoke home.

Heritage Timbercraft: heritage and kitset options

Whether heritage or kitset, Heritage Timbercrafts’ barn homes can be erected on standard concrete slab foundations or on a timber floor foundation, although the latter requires a pile to be positioned under each post.

Ralph says clients often choose a mix of kitset frame and feature trusses, which helps make construction a simpler process while still achieving the aesthetic value that people prize.

Heritage Timbercraft uses a range of timbers including macrocarpa, Lawson cypress, ironbark, oak and Douglas fir.

“The choice of timber will depend on your budget and the look and feel you are wanting to create,” says Peter. “We also offer a range of finish options with a textured oil finish being the most popular, available in clear, whitewashed, oak, teak and charcoal.”

Learn more about heritage and kitset barns and other items of mortise and tenon joinery.

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