This structure actually serves as a home office for our clients in the country. They were looking for something that would take advantage of the beautiful views that include and surround their historic property. An open feeling that mimicked their historic timber frame barn was one of the requirements. Not too “fine” and not crazy rustic was the direction that we ended up traveling in. The building looks like it has been there for many years. It includes a real fieldstone foundation laid up by a local mason, rough sawn hemlock timbers with no finish, rough sawn, stained plank walls and ceiling, ship lapped white pine floors attached with face nailed rose head nails, cedar shakes on the roof as well as a hand made bathroom door and hatch into the crawl space area. There are modern features included as well such as structural insulating panels to keep outside temps out and inside temps in. The windows are plentiful in number and efficient in behavior. The siding is Hardie Plank horizontal siding with a field applied final coat. The entrance is above grade, so the field stone was used to form stairs and a landing that are capped off with Bluestone from an east coast quarry. The landscaping/hardscaping were impeccably executed by Swan Creek Landscaping which include Bluestone walkways and stairs that lead up to the building. Water runoff from the roof is dealt with via underground piping in lieu of gutters. The perimeter of stone that surrounds the structure allow the water to drop through and enter the drainage management system. There were drawings for the building but many aesthetic decisions were made on site with the owners as we progressed throughout the process. It was fun working with them as we considered different options for the building. They were always open and even excited to hear our thoughts and suggestions as we progressed along through this. These guys were absolutely excellent to work with the whole way. Answers about options came quickly and decisively from them as we proceeded; never more than 5 minutes deliberation before making decisions between given choices. I have consistently been blessed with excellent clients over the years and these guys have kept the streak going! The local friends and craftsmen that we were able to work with throughout this project brought us their best game which made this a most enjoyable experience for all. For me; two new clients whom I am also happy to list as two new friends.
Lambdin Development Company
P.O. Box 676
Bel Air, MD 21014-0676
Phone: (410) 273-1090
Fax: (410) 273-1092
July 7, 2016
Wey Timber Frames
400 Dilks Lane
Elkton, MD 21921
New Home Office
Please feel free to use this letter of recommendation when needed.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am happy to write this letter recommending Joe Wey and Wey Timber Frames as a general contractor. My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Wey on the construction of a home office building on our rural property in Fair Hill, Cecil County. I can recommend him highly and without reservation.
Our relationship actually started when we were pursuing the conversion of a large post and beam barn on our property into an office, entertainment area and bedrooms. Due to the scope, complexity and high cost of that endeavor, we decided to tackle a much smaller project by building a free standing office using post and beam construction. The job was done with great care and precision. In addition to being a gifted wood crafter and custom builder, Joe was a true partner in this project as he took full ownership of every aspect of the job. Joe consistently added tangible value with new ideas and suggestions throughout the progress of the work. I was constantly impressed with Joe’s commitment to generating a top quality product rather than maximizing his profit margin. He kept me closely informed of the work progress and his communication, whether by cell phone or email, was always clear, informative and helpful.
In closing, I can say that we are extremely pleased with the final product that Joe was instrumental in delivering. As a real estate developer with over thirty years of experience, I have had my fair share of unpleasant experiences with various general contractors. I can honestly say that Joe is indeed a rare find. I would not hesitate to hire Joe again or recommend him to my friends and neighbors.
Should you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to call me.