In House Drafting & Design

In-House Design and Drafting at Hickory Circle - Creating Timeless Timber Architectures

Welcome to Hickory Circle’s In-House Design and Drafting page. Behind each of our stunning timber structures lies the meticulous work of our experienced design and drafting team! Don’t feel the need to hire a completely different team just to draw up your plans! With Hickory Circle, you get everything you need for your construction, from the beginning planning stages to the finishing touches.

Drawing from years of expertise in timber construction, our professionals are adept at translating dreams into tangible realities. Whether it’s designing a charming timber residence, a dynamic barn, or a scenic pavilion, we infuse functionality, durability, and timeless aesthetics into each creation. By working directly with you, we are able to draw up and design buildings based entirely on your specifications.

Our proficiency extends beyond architectural knowledge. We keenly understand timber as a versatile medium, using its unique characteristics to accentuate the beauty and structural integrity of homes, barns, and pavilions. Guided by your vision and our expertise, we ensure the design and drafting process is seamless, transparent, and weaves the narrative of your building project, resulting in a standing testament to your aspirations.

Step into the realm of unique timber-focused drafting with Hickory Circle, and discover how we craft spectacular structures with a blend of innovation, superior craftsmanship, and a deep reverence for the timeless charm of timber.

See Our Previous Projects!

We have experience in several forms of construction. From commercial buildings to homes, and even beautiful pavilions! See all our finished work by clicking on one of the links below. We hope seeing these will inspire you to 

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Explore our portfolio of completed drafting and design projects, showcasing the embodiment of our expertise and the steady contentment of our clients in the architecture and construction industry. As you journey through our work, you will recognize the unique value we infuse into every project, distinguishing us as a leader in the drafting and design for architecture and construction of timber frame homes.

Dive into our gallery, serving not only as a compelling display of our drafting and architectural design prowess but also as a source of inspiration for your upcoming project. From sleek pavilions to rustic barns, our portfolio showcases a wide range of our work, each piece resonating with Hickory Circle’s essence.

At Hickory Circle, we are passionate about drafting and design for architecture and construction. We excel at creating compelling commercial building projects that stand out while meeting your unique needs. See what is possible when you choose to work with us at Hickory Circle!

The Materials & Techniques We Use To Make Our Beautiful Buildings

Timber Framing: A Testament to Time and Beauty

The exquisite realm of drafting and architectural design offers an incredible opportunity to explore time-honored and contemporary construction methods. The resilience and allure of timber framing have been defining characteristics throughout history, serving as the skeleton of numerous buildings. This construction method, which relies on heavy timbers interlocked with mortise and tenon joints, is renowned for its durability, visual appeal, and longevity. 

Let’s delve into the core advantages of timber framing:

Durability: Timber-framed structures have stood the test of time, with some enduring for centuries. The inherent strength and resilience of timber enable these structures to withstand nature’s destructive forces.

Aesthetics: Timber frames infuse a structure with a captivating appeal, distinguished by their bold lines and intricate hand-crafted joinery. They evoke a sense of history and rustic charm that echoes through time.

Energy Efficiency: The natural insulating properties of timber make it highly energy-efficient. As such, timber-framed structures often surpass their counterparts when it comes to thermal performance.

Timber framing features two standout techniques: traditional and modern. Traditional timber framing, as described by the Forest Products Laboratory, typically employs hand-crafted, larger pieces of timber—showcasing remarkable workmanship and artistry. On the other hand, modern timber framing merges timber with materials such as steel plates and hardware connectors, thus streamlining construction time and cost without compromising durability.

Glulam: The Engineered Marvel

Standing at the crossroads where tradition briskly shakes hands with innovation, Hickory Circle Construction proudly presents Glulam, a ground-breaking construction material known for transforming beam construction across the globe. Born out of high precision engineering, Glulam, short for glued laminated timber, works by confidently bonding multiple layers of timber together using strong, moisture-resistant adhesives.

Our Glulam beam construction offers an array of benefits that set us apart:

Unrivaled Strength and Flexibility: Thanks to multiple layers of laminated timber, the Glulam beam shows exceptional strength and outstanding flexibility. It outperforms solid timber, earning its reputation through its significant load-bearing capabilities.

Sustainable Practice: Much like traditional timber, Glulam speaks a language of sustainability. It asserts a small carbon footprint throughout its production process, a testament to our commitment to a greener planet.

The extraordinary attributes of Glulam have gained admiration from architects and engineers worldwide, inspiring them to unlock new opportunities for creativity and innovation in their designs. The result—a plethora of thrilling construction projects that spotlight Glulam’s artistic potential in architectural design.

Whether you lean towards the time-honored appeal of timber framing or the trail-blazing Glulam, we empower you with the knowledge of these construction materials, shaping the decision-making process for your construction needs. Dive deeper with us into these materials to unleash their true potential and pave the way towards your next architectural success with Hickory Circle Construction.

Wondering About Glulam? Read Our FAQ

Glulam, short for glued laminated timber, is a type of engineered wood. It’s created by gluing together several layers of timber, resulting in a composite material that’s highly strong, durable, and flexible.

Glulam often outperforms solid timber in structural applications, mainly thanks to its strength and durability. It also offers more design flexibility, as it can be shaped during the manufacturing process. Unlike solid timber, Glulam can span very large distances and carry heavy loads, making it suitable for a variety of construction projects.

Yes. Glulam is made from a renewable resource, timber, which effectively stores carbon dioxide. Additionally, the process used to manufacture Glulam produces fewer emissions than the production of steel or concrete, making it a more environmentally sustainable alternative.

While Glulam can be more expensive than traditional timber, its superior strength and flexibility often lead to savings in other areas of a project, offsetting the material cost. Compared with other materials such as steel and concrete, costs can vary based on project specifics, but Glulam often presents a cost-effective solution for large spans and complex designs.

Glulam is an incredibly versatile material and can be used in a wide range of construction projects, from residential homes and commercial buildings to bridges and other infrastructures. Its strength, durability, and design flexibility make it an excellent choice for architects and builders looking to create both structurally robust, and aesthetically pleasing constructions.

Wondering About Timber Framing? Read Our FAQ

Timber framing is a building construction method where heavy timbers are used to create the skeletal structure of a building. This technique creates a unique, aesthetically pleasing style and is notable for its strength and durability.

Some benefits of timber-framed homes include:

  • Aesthetics: Timber frames are beautiful and give homes a warm, organic feel.
  • Strength and Durability: Timber-framed buildings have been known to stand for hundreds, even thousands of years.
  • Energy Efficiency: Timber has natural insulating properties, and with proper design, timber-framed homes can be incredibly energy efficient.
  • Speed of Construction: Because the frame can be premade, timber-framed homes can often be constructed more quickly than those using many other construction methods.

Yes, timber framing can be very sustainable, especially when the timber is sourced responsibly. Timber framing uses a natural, renewable resource (wood), and timber-framed buildings are often more energy-efficient than other construction methods due to the insulating properties of wood.

The cost varies widely based on the specifics of each project, including size, complexity, location, and timber chosen. While the upfront cost of timber framing can be higher than some traditional building methods, the long-term savings due to durability and energy efficiency can offset the initial investment.

No, while timber framing is popular for residential buildings like homes and cabins, it’s equally applicable for commercial and public buildings. Timber framing can be seen in a variety of structures, including churches, community centers, commercial spaces, and more. The aesthetic and structural benefits of timber framing can enrich any architectural project.

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