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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
CANADIAN TIMBERFRAMES LTD

 

Canadian Timberframes 2020 Winter Newsletter

Would You Like 2020 Vision

Start of New Decade Provides New Opportunities for Reflection and Planning ahead.

We love the fresh possibility that comes with the start of a new year. This fresh-start feeling is magnified with the beginning of a whole new decade! With a new decade comes advances in technology; more noise – creating more stress plus extra pressure being connected all the time, changing our daily landscape and accessibility to the world. 

Between longer hours in the office and longer commute times, we’re spending more time than ever before indoors and away from the natural world. And because of this, exposure to nature has never been more important than it is today.

Nature can really improve our well-being and living in spaces which are more connected with nature will have positive impacts in our daily lives. That’s why considering a timber frame home today more than ever might be an intentional health strategy - influencing the space you live in, in a positive way.

Incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into your home have been demonstrated through research to reduce stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates, while increasing productivity, creativity and self-reported rates of well-being.

But where do you start? Consider designing a timber frame home where the timbers create expanses for huge window walls to bring nature in or think about bringing in timber hybrid elements can start to create a space where you can connect to strength & beauty of wood daily in a calming and unassuming way.

Timber frame homes can be designed to reflect your uniqueness, your individuality. People are designing their homes to reflect their personalities and creating spaces that tell their story. What makes you truly happy is most important and something Canadian Timberframes can help you fulfill.

Whether you are still dreaming about the home that will come, or you are in the thick of decision making now or at finalizing your design & build team; we want to become a valuable participant in your project.

We partner with Builders, Architects & clients on projects, producing high quality timber frames & components in a timely & cost-effective way.

We look forward to fulfilling our promise: delivering world class product with professional service from one of the most inspired teams in North America!

Drop us a line @ sales@canadiantimberframes.com or call 1.877.348.9924- let us know where we can help you out.

Jeff Bowes, President & Owner

Canadian Timberframes 2019 Summer Newsletter

Designing for a Happier, Healthier You

Wellness architecture has recently sprung up as a new trend that came out of the sustainable building success of recent years. The trends have moved from: an earth friendly movement; to sustainable design; to designing spaces that are ‘healthier’ for you - that support your life enhancing daily habits and rituals. Wellness architecture impacts where and how you live and focuses on spaces that are designed for your ‘state of wellness & peace of mind’: more light (window walls), better quality of air flow, creating spa like spaces in bedrooms, bathrooms & living outdoor spaces that create wellness as you move throughout your day. This inclusion of nature in design is proven to enhance cognitive performance, cleanse the air, lower stress, reduce toxins and utilize more renewable and sustainable resources in the design & build.

After recently renovating our master bedroom & bathroom – I am transformed by our new space. It does create a sense of wellness for us every moment we are enjoying the space – the 2 walls of windows, opening up to a private patio and timber frame structure off the master – bringing the outdoors in; the quality of air flow; the light; lush forest views along with new design features have definitely added a spa like tranquility we now enjoy.

Here are a few tips to help you maximize this trend whether you are building a new home or renovating your current space:

  1. Designing Window walls: think about the kitchen opening up the light – bringing the vistas in.
  2. Kitchens & bathrooms that open up to the outdoors: (sliding glass walls, folding glass doors etc) – blurring the lines of inside/outside & increasing your living space.
  3. Re-thinking rooms: creating experiences with spaces that support lifestyle choices
  4. Plants & nature: Plants are showing up as finishes, edibles and vertical gardens, organic materials to replace synthetics and interior designs that use organic patterns and organic color palettes.
  5. Electric fireplaces: are being added into bathrooms to complete the spa like environment – a flicker of light & warmth creating a ambiance.
  6. Material awareness: Wood on wood being used in Kitchens, bathrooms & great rooms – a trend toward medium-tone woods rather than super dark or light ones. Wood adds warmth and character and is a sustainable material used in construction; one trend that we are particularly fond of.


Whether you are still dreaming about the home that will come, or you are in the thick of decision making now or at finalizing your design & build team; we want to become a valuable participant in your project. We partner with Builders, Architects & clients on projects, producing high quality timber frames & components in a timely & cost-effective way.

We look forward to fulfilling our promise: delivering world class product with professional service from one of the most inspired teams in the market!

Drop us a line @ sales@canadiantimberframes.com or call 1.877.348.9924- let us know where we can help you out.

Jeff Bowes, President & Owner
CANADIAN TIMBERFRAMES LTD

Canadian Timberframes 2019 Winter Newsletter

The Top 4%

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Canadian Timberframes founding!

Did you know that only 4 out of 100 businesses survive past the 10-year mark?

Well, we have certainly made it past this marker & we are proud to be apart of this unique & special 4% group of companies!

This anniversary marks an important milestone for us as we look back on our incredible heritage of talent and accomplishments. We started out with a philosophy to provide our clients with personal timely service, attention to detail, outstanding quality and exceptional value. Our founding beliefs remain our top priority today and I believe because of that - our company remains viable, strong and growing.

A history of the last 20 years in business:

  • 1999 CTF wholesaled timber frames to other timber frame companies & remained this way for 12 straight years.
  • 2011 after Jeff Bowes arrival, CTF sold direct to clients, builders & architects. They expanded market share to Ontario, Colorado & other mountain states in the US.
  • 2012 created an in-house design team and started offering technical design services to our customers; continued to grow market share across the USA.
  • 2013 added custom wall panel manufacturing & custom roof systems based upon client/builder demand
  • 2014 offered T&G, trim packages & custom finishes; clients/builders want a one stop shopping approach & ability to purchase all the items needed for a dried-in shell.
  • 2017 Jeff & Stephanie Bowes purchased the company outright and now own 100% of this great organization.

We continue to respond to market needs & continuously assess product development and expand our market share as well as the value we provide to our industry partners.

CTF believes in re-investing in our company and investing in our employees:

  1. We offer a profit-sharing program to all employees
  2. New Equipment purchased: 2 Manitou Forklifts; 1 CAT loader, new siding & pre-staining machinery
  3. New Infrastructure: new sustainable drying building for our pre-manufactured timbers with in floor radiant heat generated by our wood waste; new clear span building for T&G manufacturing

Are a few examples our commitment to this organization, our employees & a sustainable future.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in supporting Canadian Timberframes reaching 20 years of success. Success that has been made possible because of the support of our customers/industry partners and our incredible team who go the extra mile to make sure our customers are well taken care of & help us deliver upon our promise.

Jeff Bowes, President & Owner

Canadian Timberframes 2018 Summer Newsletter

The US and Canadian housing markets are booming

Both the US & Canadian housing markets seem to be in full swing with continued growth trends in new home starts for 2018. We certainly are seeing it here at Canadian Timberframes, as we have been the busiest we have been in 19 years and we are still able to adapt and respond quickly with the quality & professionalism one comes to expect from us – even with the influx of activity.
 
The one year old US tariff on Canadian Softwood lumber has dramatically impacted price on newly built homes in the US. The US Census Bureau reports on a year to date basis, as of May, single family starts are 9.8% higher. Our industry partners have noticed more like a 20% plus spike on lumber to the US.
 
Because of this financial impact we are finding that many of our industry partners now come to us, more than ever, to ‘pre-manufacture’ whatever we can & ship across the border helping to control new build costs on site. We are not subject to the tariff, obviously & are able to ship manufactured wall systems, roof systems, pre-stained T&G etc, more cost effectively than building/finishing on site in the US.

There are 3 added bonuses with packaging your project this way:

  1. You expedite the raising time (giving builders an advantage to take on more projects)
  2. You save buying Canadian – as your US dollars go father with the exchange rate (you get to buy more product with your same $’s)
  3. You are not tariffed on pre-manufactured components that ship from Canada to the US.

We become your extended industry resource on your project and happily partner with Builders, Architects & clients on producing exceptional timber frames & components in a timely & cost effective way.

We are committed to fulfilling our promise: delivering world class product with professional service in one of the quickest turnaround times in the market.

Drop us a line and let us know where we can help you out. We truly look forward to serving you.

Jeff Bowes, President & Owner

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter

Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial! !50 years!

This year has been an interesting & crazy ride so far. With the political changes, economic activity and trade talks, this year has started & continued with a boom, as we say goodbye to the effects of the financial crisis. Plus a pretty big deal for our country – We are celebrating our 150th anniversary, also known as the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

We are proud of the country we live in and proud to be building a business here with one of our most prominent renewable resources, BC Wood. Here are a few more facts to be proud of while celebrating our 150th: 

  • Canada has 347 Million hectares of forest land
  • Less than 0.3% of Canada’s forests are harvested annually
  • Less than 0.02% of Canada’s forests are deforested each year,
  • Plus 100% of forests harvested must be successfully regenerated.

So, we are not only proud of our country but the measures we take to protect one of the world’s most renewable resources.

We hope you enjoy reading through our summer newsletter & all of the exciting new projects on the go.

We would love to hear from you at news@canadiantimberframes.com

Winter 2017 Newsletter

2017 Economic forecast is better than 2016 – What a relief!


U.S. economic outlook for 2017 is looking healthy according to experts with several indicators suggesting that it just might be one thing we won’t need to worry about this year! A bit of good news for many, I am sure. We have seen this new found relief with clients, over the past few months, as many projects that were ‘on hold’ for years are now being resurrected. This year seems to be the year. We are starting off the year with many new projects moving forward in: Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Montana along with various locations throughout Canada.

2017 looks to be a prosperous year as we continue to say goodbye to the effects of the financial crisis and look forward to a stronger future working closely with many Design & Building Professionals. We truly look forward to serving you. 

Jeff Bowes

President & Owner

Canadian Timberframes

Summertime! 2016

Warm weather, swimming and vacations — such events often announce the arrival of summer. Following the tell tail signs of the days getting longer and the nights getting shorter and the kids getting out of school! The home is now a hustle & bustle of bodies; the energy increases and family plans and schedules are re-defined.

 

We all love the feeling of summer, the excitement of taking an extra-long weekend, planning that family vacation time; or just creating space & time to relax a little bit more - become happier, more balanced and hopefully recharging our batteries.

 

While others are hopefully slowing down a little bit, Canadian Timberframes continues to ramp up. Our mill works over time & our manufacturing facility is on full tilt, turning out all the plans that run through the floor creating and forming the structure to many dream homes. We have seen it all recently, from fresh white painted timbers, to raw timbers that will be white-washed in on location to rustic and the elegant; we manufacture it all. If you can dream it, we will produce it and are always up for solving a new challenge. We thrive on collaboration; complexity and serving our customers with extreme pride and professionalism.

 

So, if you are looking to build that glamourous getaway; a new cottage deck; timber addition; expansion to an existing building; or a complete new customized home for your family, we can assist you with your 2016 goals. Drop us a line @ sales@canadiantimberframes.com or call 1.877.348.9924- let us know where we can help you out.

 

Jeff Bowes

President & Partner

Canadian Timberframes

 

 

Winter 2016 Newsletter

A NEW YEAR IS UPON US

 
...And with it comes renewed promises and new technologies, products & services to make life amazing.  We are all looking at the past year & how we can improve ourselves and our results in 2016. So many people live their lives on max – stressing about the lack of time, lack of convenience and lack of connection to loved ones. We are all looking for short cuts & support spots in our lives where we can make our lives easier – from apps to digital problem solvers. We are looking for places that bring us solitude & connection to ourselves and our families. We at CTF understand how busy people’s lives are and are committed to providing exceptional & responsive service to our clients; this is what we believe in.

Enjoy reading through our Winter newsletter & enjoy the new designs & projects that are on the go.

 

 

 

 

Canadian Timberframes Summer Newsletter, 2015 Edition

Summer 2015

Summer time, a time to relax a bit more, enjoy the outdoors, BBQ’ing & dining under the stars. An energetic time of year. We have harnessed that energy and brought several exciting changes to our product, services and operations. Read all about these changes & get updates on many of the exciting project we have on the go.

 

 

Winter 2015 Newsletter

2015, our focus will be on creating valuable content.  It is important to us at Canadian Timberframes, to ensure
that we are providing the ‘goods’ that you need to do your homework and offer it in a digestible, easy to access way. We
would love to hear from you, what your needs are, what is ‘the hard to get information’ that is necessary for you to make
decisions around designing & building your custom dream home.

Click on some of our featured projects in the Newsletter

Luxury Retirement Home

Colebrook, New Hampshire

Hidden Ridge Alpine Home

CTF: Summer 2014 Newsletter

Regained optimism and paced growth mark another impressive year of new custom timberframe homes for Canadian Timberframes. says Jeff Bowes, President and Partner.  It is exciting to be working with so many new clients, raring to build and to support this new demand CTF has been in ‘hiring’ mode since the start of the year.

We invite you to read our entire newsletter; we have featured a new exciting project that is in the design phase and 2 incredible projects in construction.

CTF: Winter 2014 Newsletter

Winter has arrived at the hill top of Collingwood Ontario. The site of one of the most spectacular projects of the last year.  We are pround to have been selected by UPSTREAM CONSTRUCTION on this truly amazing resort home.  Look for more information on the open house that is scheduled for spring 2014.

CTF: Summer 2013 Newsletter

This amazing structure has become a Canmore landmark!  THE GRIZZLY PAW BREWING COMPANY is open and in full production is their new facility.  This project also caught the eye of the Canadian Wood Council who has now competed and published a case study on this exciting structure and story.

CTF: Winter 2013 Newsletter

We are preud that this amazing Tofino home was featured by Timber Home Living magazine as one of the top ten timber frame homes in 2012.  We continue to receive interest from readers that are dreaming or developing that perfect home to match their unique location.

CTF: Summer 2012 Newsletter

Blue Sky Architecture of Frisco Colorado and Upstream Construction of Caledon Ontario are working closely with the Canadian Timberframes team toward the design and construction of this spectacular heavy timber country home being built this fall and into 2013

CTF: Winter 2011 Newsletter

While exploring downtown Golden, take a trip over the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge at 8th Ave North.  Spanning the river of the same name, at 46 metres (151 feet) across, it's the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada

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