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Outdoor Structures that Invite

Enjoy Knockout Timber Frame Elegance

Eager to entertain outdoors, but lacking an outdoor structure to give shelter and elegance to your backyard? Brookside Timber Frame crafts backyard structures from Douglas Fir wood, using old-world mortise and tenon techniques for an astonishingly long-lasting backyard paradise.

Mortise and Tenon Craftsmanship
Striking Beauty
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Don’t Settle for Lackluster

Your backyard might be beautiful. But without a gorgeous outdoor structure to entertain family and friends, you’re feeling limited. You stay indoors when you’d rather be outside.

Entertain in Style with a Timber Frame Outdoor Structure

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Make your outdoors special.

Carry on an Old-World, timber-frame tradition in your backyard.

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Stay dry and protected.

You’re out of the sun and out of the rain but still outside.

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Get a real-wood work of art.

Enjoy a backyard structure that matches nature’s aesthetic.

Listen to one of our Satisfied Clients

The Brookside Timber Frame Collection

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With shelter and shade, you can live up those balmy June days and spicy September evenings.

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Timber Frame Barns

A museum to showcase your collections or your private tinkering haven—the options start there and keep going.

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One of the most ancient outdoor architectural styles that we still use today. It hasn’t lost its allure.

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Custom Build Your Own

If you love working with your hands and have people who will help you handle the big beams, build it yourself with a Brookside Timber Frame kit.

How It Works

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Watch the timbers interlock.

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Entertain in timber frame elegance.

Timber Frame Contractors You Can Trust

We know that choosing your outdoor structure is not just that. It’s also choosing who you want on your property. It’s choosing who you’ll communicate with.

It’s really about choosing whom you can trust.
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Our time on your property should be a delight, not a dread. Here’s what we do to make that a reality:

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  • You’re assigned one on-site project manager to guide you through our clearly defined process.
  • Our teams cut and finish the timbers prior to building so property disturbance is kept to a minimum during the assembly process.
  • We communicate with you about our arrival time and expected finish time.
  • Brookside Timber Frames’ crews don’t play loud music or create unnecessary noise.
  • Our crews are friendly and enjoy getting to know our clients.

Timber Frame FAQs

A.     Brookside Timber Frame recommends FOHC (Free of Heart Center), #1 Appearance Grade lumber. FOHC wood is straighter, stronger, and sturdier than other grades.

A.    The mortise is a hole cut into one piece of wood, while the tenon is a projection on the other piece that fits into the mortise. When correctly crafted, a mortise and tenon joint is among the strongest and most durable of wood joints.

A.    Brookside recommends Douglas fir over pine or cedar. With its high-density grain, Douglas fir is the best quality wood with the least maintenance. A Douglas fir structure can last for hundreds of years.

A.    Douglas fir is a first cousin to cedar and contains the same tar, making it a very weather-durable wood.

A.     We source our mill-run Douglas fir from central Colorado. Our premium #1 Appearance Grade timber comes from the west coast of Oregon, Washington, and Canada. Eastern white pine is sourced from southern Indiana and Ohio.

A.    Brookside recommends installing a concrete footing at least 36” deep beneath each post. Brookside provides poly 1” stand-off plates on the bottom of each post to prevent the wood from contact with concrete and moisture.

A.     Brookside must have the exact measurements ahead of time. Brookside pavilions and pergolas are completely pre-cut with notches for post and brace tenons in the headers. It is next to impossible to change anything on-site. The structures would need to be re-cut at the shop. To prevent mistakes, a project manager will assist you in double-checking all measurements on the drawing.

Our Service Area

Brookside Timber Frame is based in Richmond, IN and builds authentic timber frame structures within a 2 hour radius of our location. Our service area includes Eastern Indiana, and Western Ohio, including but not limited to the following towns: 

  • Anderson IN
  • Cincinnati OH
  • Dayton OH
  • Fort Wayne IN
  • Greenville OH
  • Greenwood IN

Not sure if we build in your area? Please contact us.

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