Log & Timber Home Living : Wabamun Lake Feature

The Wabamun Lake House is featured in Log & Timber Home Living Magazine's July issue.

Read the feature below. 

Designed in-house, this mountain-modern lake home combines architectural elements of wood, steel, stone and glass. The clean lines of the shed roofs, plate glass walls and glass panel railings on the deck contrast with the warmth of the Java stained Douglas fir timbers and the Russet Brown stained tongue & groove.

This home was built in partnership with HR2 Construction Ltd.

Log & Timber Home Living : Bear Cove Feature

The Bear Cove Timber Home is featured in the March 2023 issue of Log & Timber Home Living magazine.

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The Bear Cove Timber Home was designed in-house and features an open concept great room, dining area and kitchen leading out to a large deck through an impressive 5-panel sliding door.

The Teak | Antique Finish timber frame stain give this cottage a look and feel that marries it beautifully to the forest and lake surroundings.

Our phenomenal partners on this project were Hayward & Company and Folgers & Adams Construction.


Walk through Canadian Timberframe’s Lake House Design

The Lake Wabamun project is a timber cottage with a contemporary twist. It was the inspiration behind our Lake House design. This floor plan is laid out to maximize waterfront views and utilizes mono pitch roof lines to offer an updated take on the cozy cottage vibes of the traditional timber frame style. Take a tour of this cottage with images and the corresponding floor plan, below.

Designed to maximize views of the lake, this contemporary timber frame home boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and is built to bring the outside in. At 2,054 sq. ft. this two-story lake front home utilizes vaulted timber ceilings and big windows to create an open yet functional family space.

Entering the house an impressive staircase sits to the right, access to the garage to the left. Straight ahead beyond the great room and porch is a view of the lake. The big windows showcasing the water cover the entire front wall of the house and fill the focal points of this cottage with light. On the main floor these areas include the great room, master bedroom and the kitchen/dining area.

Walking towards this wall of windows the great room envelopes guests and offers a cozy and relaxed communal area. With quick access to the half bathroom and sitting beside the dining/kitchen area, the great room draws guests in as the hub of this home.

The 311 sq. ft. kitchen and dining area that sits beside this open-concept great room is another testament to this lakefront property’s purpose: a place for family and friends to gather. From this central living area there are multiple places to access the porch that runs along the lake facing side of the house. The deck provides an outdoor living area and offers comfortable additional space for life at the lake during hot summer days. 

Through a discreet door off the great room sits the 296 sq. ft. master bedroom. This bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in closet creates an oasis while maintaining a convenient location. The perfect place to unwind as the host of a long weekend at the lake.

The staircase at the entry of the house leads to the loft area. At the landing of this upstairs space the warm embrace of the timber rafters is immediate and the same lake view greets you through the open balcony area. From the loft, the bathroom is readily available as is the second story patio.

Beyond the cozy hang out spot the loft offers, the upstairs area offers additional space to host. It features two bedrooms for guests, both with easy access to a full bathroom. 

With all of this said, the Lake House design packs a one-two punch. It balances an open-concept floor plan with the function of squared-off spaces for hosting.


The Canadian Timberframes’ Lake House Floor Plan is based off of the beautiful Lake Wabamun project. Feel free to explore this waterfront home further. To see more on the layout and elevations of this contemporary timber frame floor plan check out our Lake House design.


CTF Wins Gold in Golden 24

The Golden Two-Four presented by TransRockies Race Series is a 24 hours mountain bike race on some of the best trails in BC. The race is held on the mountain shadows trail network at the base of Mount 7. This 24 hour mountain bike race features a challenging 15.3km course with 469 metres of elevation. After finishing 3rd in 2018, and 2nd in 2019, Canadian Timberframes entered the corporate category for the third time this June, 2022.

Training some Wednesdays and every Thursday throughout May and June, Canadian Timberframes staff showed incredible dedication both to the team and their performance.  On race weekend, Canadian Timberframes was up against 12 other corporate teams. They ultimately completed 21 laps, pedalling a collective 321 km, in 23 hours and 32 minutes and beat out the second-place team by just over a minute. It was an impressive first-place finish for team CTF! Not only winning, but also beating their previous Canadian Timberframes team record of 20 laps, which was set in 2019.

We are incredibly proud of our Canadian Timberframes team of 10 staff for their amazing effort and first-place finish this past weekend.Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in this fun and challenging mountain bike race weekend, and good job team Canadian Timberframes on this impressive outcome!

The team:

Jeff Parker (Captain) 

Alex Lathion

Andrew Dowd

Cael Bowes

David Gagne

Hugo Tremblay

Jamie Fisher

Logan Winters

Matt Pilon

Nico Morin

New Mass Timber Capabilities in Fall 2022

Canadian Timberframes purchases Canada’s largest Hundegger CNC machine with
6-axis robot

BC based timber frame manufacturer increases mass timber capabilities with the installation of new CNC machine, and facility expansion.


GOLDEN, BC — Canadian Timberframes (CTF), a premier design, manufacturer in the timber frame industry, announces that it has purchased Canada’s most equipped Hundegger K2 Industry 1300 machine. The largest and most advanced K2 Industry to come to Canada, this machine will increase CTF’s timber size capacity by 500 per cent; enabling them to cut large scale engineered wood products. This machine is scheduled for installation in Fall 2022.


“This expansion and new machine is our commitment to our expanding industry and our industry partners. Combining both the most advanced K2 Industry 1300 with an in-sequence 6-axis robot, this new machine allows us to meet the growing requirements of the mass timber industry, while simultaneously increasing our capacity to produce authentic timber frame products,” says Jeff Bowes, President and Owner of CTF. This announcement is accompanied by the news that CTF is increasing the size of their facility by 50 per cent, adding an additional 10,000 sq. ft. to their facility, to accommodate this machine and further optimize production.

The purchased CNC machine with a 6-axis robot is one of the most efficient and comprehensive solid wood processing machines for heavy timber and glulam in the mass timber industry. With over 34,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity to come, this new machine enables them to run larger timber sections (18 x 51 x 70’), handle more complex & larger scale commercial projects in both timber & mass timber, and deliver results that align with CTF’s reputation of excellence.

Timber and engineered wood products are a strong, low-carbon

building alternative to concrete and steel.

22 years after Canadian Timberframes brought Canada’s first Hundegger K2 machine to the country, they are once again innovating. “We congratulate Canadian Timberframes on the upcoming installation of the largest and most advanced K2i in Canada, and one of the largest & most advanced installations in North America,” says Hans Hundegger, founder and president of Hundegger.

 “We are preparing for the future of this organization; our success has been built on quality products and services. This investment back into the company is not only for our clients but our employees. This investment allows CTF to remain competitive, strengthening our market position and offering world class Timber Frame products, while growing within the mass timber and tall wood construction industry” says Stephanie Bowes, Vice President of CTF.

“Canadian Timberframes promises extraordinary quality and professional service; it is our highest priority, focus and my promise!” says Jeff. “As far as our customer service is concerned, construction will not affect our regular operations”

Canadian Timberframes works closely with Clients, Architects & Builders throughout North America – Servicing the entire United States; and beyond.

To contact us about your project visit www.canadiantimberframes.com/contactus  or download our ebook, visit www.canadiantimberframes.com/ebook; to subscribe to our monthly newsletter please visit https://www.canadiantimberframes.com/newsletter

About Canadian Timberframes: CTF is the leading North American manufacturer and provider of heavy timber frame solutions. We manufacturer everything you need to take your home to lock up. We offer only the finest products and exceptional service. For more information please visit www.canadiantimberframes.com.

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Log & Timber Home Living : Cody Wyoming

This contemporary ranch home located just outside Cody, Wyoming is featured in the March 2022 issue of Log & Timber Home Living Magazine. 

The owners wanted a timber frame home with an modern/ industrial yet authentic rustic exterior and an old west feel on the outside. 

Tabberson Architects, loca builder TL Quick and Canadian Timberframes pulled this masterpiece together. 

Read the full feature below.

The Benefits of Building an Industrial Or Commercial Building with Timber

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What are the Benefits of Building an Industrial Or Commercial Building with Timber?

Canadian Timberframes, commercial and industrial designer and manufacturer of heavy timber, has seen first hand, the benefits of utilizing heavy timber and mass timber. Our clients and partners have experienced the cost and time savings, timber has brought to their projects as well as an ambience unimaginable without timber.


Benefits of Heavy Timber in Commercial Structures:

  • Heavy timber construction can achieve more complex & creative structures, at a better cost than steel
  • Off-site premanufactured heavy timber frame allows for shorter construction times & maximized potential production
  • Timber frame buildings consume the least energy during production; create healthier environments and better workplaces
  • Timber is a renewable resource, sourced from sustainably managed forests, LEED & Green built compatible; timber reduces your carbon footprint


Read the Case Study on Heavy Timber Alaska Cruise Terminal


How Can Canadian Timberframes Be A Part of Your Commercial Build?

For almost 2 decades Canadian Timberframes has been a leader in heavy timber construction and involved in designing, manufacturing and installing many large commercial timber projects.

We have the capability of meeting production schedules, preparing detailed bid proposals for fixed rate contracts, contract administration and meeting or exceeding contracted engineering and construction specifications.

Canadian Timberframes' extensive experience in timber selection and processing, utilization of design software and computerized manufacturing equipment facilitates the speed and accuracy of the timber and connections.


The impressive timber structure has an immense effect upon the human senses; in the same way beautiful scenery or pleasant smells or fine art affect us – the natural beauty of wood evokes the same way. A thoughtfully well-designed space can create the same impression and creating this unique, visually appealing and creative interior can help you stand out from your competitors and makes your retail experience more memorable.


We would be happy to help you out with your next commercial project or quote a set of plans.

Contact Canadian Timberframes


Wall Panels vs SIPs

Canadian Timberframes Wall Panel Enclosure System vs Structured Insulated Panels (SIPs)


Wall panels are designed to the exact specifications of your project and are pre cut for windows and doors. Once installed they provide an energy efficient and well-insulated timber frame home.


How do Wall Panel Enclosure Systems Work?

A wall panel enclosure system is a prefabricated exterior wall enclosure system developed to create the thermal envelope that is fastened to the timber frame structure.



All of the timber frame and wall components are designed in one 3D model and detailed shop drawings are produced for each wall panel, this way assembly onsite will be as straight forward as possible. These drawings are utilized for both fabrication at our facility and for assembly on site.

The CTF wall panel is designed and manufactured specifically for each individual project meaning they are pre-cut to interface with the timber structure, beam notches, point loads, windows and doors. Spec & orientation of sidings are also anticipated before manufacturing allowing all wall systems to be detailed & manufactured to accept a variety of exterior siding applications. Interior wall cavities are left open for ease of standard plumbing/ electrical/ mechanical installations. These cavities can then be insulated, vapor retarded & finished to suit using standard construction techniques and to meet a variety of energy/ insulation requirements.


Benefits of our Wall Panel Enclosure System?

  • Efficient onsite installation
  • Flexible plumbing, electrical and mechanical installation
  • Energy efficient, well insulated and air tight
  • Designed and manufactured to interface with your timber frame structure
  • Less material






Want to know more about our Timber Frame packages that include our Wall Panel Enclosure Systems?

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Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal Mini Case Study: Steel versus Heavy Timber Construction

Just six miles out of Sitka, Alaska lies the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal, formerly known as the Old Sitka Dock on Halibut Point Marine. The deep-water port hosts large vessels up to 1,100 ft including cruise ships, yachts, and commercial vessels. With a rise in tourism and forecasted growth over the next ten years, a new terminal was proposed to host the steady increase of visitors to Sitka.


Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal in Sitka Alaska design rendering by Canadian Timberframes Ltd











Create a Terminal Bay that is natural in feeling to compliment the scenic location, is inviting to guests, memorable & cost-efficient.


Design Description

The Sitka Cruise Terminal is a hybrid timber frame structure comprised of glulam and #1 grade Douglas fir timber. Canadian Timberframes used building information modelling (BIM) to create a 3-D model indicating member sizes and connection arrangements. Model information was used to create shop drawings and to control the computer numerical control (CNC) router used to fabricate the timber components.

During the design phase, close communication between the design team (Canadian Timberframes), structural engineers (Fire Tower Engineered Timber), the contractor (McG Constructors), and the supplier (Canadian Timberframes) all worked in partnership to troubleshoot and avoid future installation problems.


“We love the look and feel of the large wood timbers and have many comments from people who have seen the facility. They have all been very positive. ~Chuck McGraw, McG Contructors

The large-scale timbers are proportionate to the scale of the project and give the space a warm, contemporary and tactile feel, that connects with the natural environment surrounding the terminal.


Building Materials

The timber was grade stamped at Canadian Timberframes in-house sawmill, the timber was cut and stained in the shop, allowing for speedy erection once on site.  Erection went seamlessly McG Constructors, who mentioned it took a similar amount of time as it would have with a steel structure. 




The new cruise terminal was originally designed as a steel building. The cost of the steel structure was unappealing to the owners. Canadian Timberframes was brought in by McG Constructors and consulted on the project and the possibility of a heavy timber construction to be considered as a cost-effective solution.



When McG Constructors, Inc compared the two quotes: one using steel for construction materials and the other using heavy timber and glulam for construction, the answer was clear. Heavy timber & glulam supplied by Canadian Timberframes was the way to go. It achieved their objectives and saved them approximately 50% in their construction materials.



The Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal on Halibut Point was originally designed as a steel structure. The heavy timber structure was cost-effective and resulted in a more desirable aesthetic building for tourist traffic. To see the various stages of design and construction of this Terminal please check out the project page.


Canadian Timberframes 2020 Summer Newsletter

A Time of Extreme Change

As we continue to navigate the change that is before us, we see increased adoption to new behaviors and businesses becoming more agile when forced with quick change.

The ‘next normal’ has started to emerge before us with daily uncertainty and change, high levels of anxiety, consumers are indicating they will adapt long-term behaviors that will last beyond COVID-19; switching to new brands because of accessibility, reducing in person activities; businesses creating safe workspaces for each & every employee every day of the year; adapting new best practices around cleaning & disinfecting and businesses finding ways to be nimble to continue to deliver upon their demands from both clients and employees.

We as a business are blessedly in the thankful category. We were able to continue to manufacture, continue to employ every employee we have and create a safe working ‘bubble’ for our people; where no one has gotten sick. I say we are in the ‘thankful’ category not because we have continued to manufacture, but thankful that we and many of our people did not have to break through the fear barrier of returning to work, after months away self-isolating.
We have recently seen the importance of creating our home as our sanctuary – when forced to spend so much time in a space brings a new sense of how important our home is to not only our health (both mental & physical) but can create either a sense of peace or stress through material, floor plan, natural light & acoustics.

We have seen accelerated shifts to those interested in designing their ‘new’ home; a shift in buying markets where people are looking to more remote locations that offer them the space they don’t have today. The pandemic has put their home front & center. With the uptick on video conferencing, it is making people more aware of how they are perceived, and how their space reflects on them. Many have had time to figure out what’s important to them, creating ‘flex’ spaces where an area can quickly & easily be transformed to suit multiple functions from yoga studio to arts and crafts or office. As we have spent more time at home many are thinking about how they can conserve energy through thoughtful design, added technology and solar gain; how storage can be used in clever ways and how organization can promote productivity for those that will continue to work at home.

Creating a backyard oasis has become paramount recently where one can find solace and it become one of your ‘flex’ spaces: dining, reading, entertaining, yoga etc. A space that includes an outdoor kitchen too to truly transform what you can do & how you do it all alongside a beautiful garden.

We see people appreciating simpler lifestyles, whether at home or in life, now more than ever in a world that’s so complex. Let us help you create that dream space that fits the lifestyle & life you want and need to create.

Jeff Bowes, President & Owner


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