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Grand County: Timber frame pre-design saves money, time

by Cyndi Palmer
Grand County Homes and Properties

Like a modern-day barn raising, the crew at King’s Foot could be seen last week conducting a constructional feat. Posts, beams, pegs, frame, structural insulated panels, exterior drywall, windows and doors; and hardware ” all are up within a two-week span.

“We love what we do,” said Victoria Baker, broker and co-owner of the company with her husband Ben Avila. “That’s our life. We do what we love.”

Baker and Avila, general contractor and Woodhouse representative for King’s Foot, Inc. combined Baker’s three years’ experience at RE/MAX of Winter Park and his Avila Construction company last spring for a complete package service. As King’s Foot, Inc., they are the sole Woodhouse timber frame home dealer in Grand County.

“He’s the building side and I do the customer service and sales,” Baker said. “We work off each other really well.”

Web developer Jeff Martin, Cheryl Akright and Megan Luther round out the team as brokers/associates. Together with Baker and Avila, they offer real estate, development, and construction services, and specialize in pre-designed models that boast the highest regard for efficiency.

The company had one Woodhouse custom timber frame home in last year’s Parade of Homes and their King’s Foot conventional frame, multi-family duplex was on showcase this year and was recognized for its kitchen.

One week from the start of construction, Avila ensures homeowners will be able to see the frame go up and several structural insulated panels installed on their new home. The timbers and pegging aspects make for a tighter fit so the homes are two times as efficient as a stick-built home, he explains. They are also comparable in price to a conventional frame home with the SmartWood package “20 to 40 percent less expensive than a custom-designed timber frame home.”

The project goes up fast, a big help in Colorado’s short building season and a time and money saver. “From design to materials,” SmartWood ensures “the best value possible” with quality materials and cost-effective engineering. Base packages start at $65 per square foot.

The pre-designed ranch series model Avila, a tech. representative and four other framers have been putting together these past two weeks sits atop a fielded mesa just east of the YMCA of the Rockies. Called “Meadow Brook,” the home features a kiln-dried, mortise and tenon Southern yellow pine timber frame and Murus SIPs for the walls and roof, and Andersen 400 series windows.

“It’s got a lot of green characteristics,” Avila said, noting that even the Southern yellow pine is farm raised and a reusable resource (other farm-raised woods also available).

With beams supporting a “structural aspect much better than a 2×6,” the homes are built to be sturdy. King’s Foot’s first SmartWood Timber Frame Raising was a celebration and demonstration on what King’s Foot can do in just a short period of time.

The pre-design SmartWood package allows for a wide range of sizes and styles for a variety of tastes and budgets, and homeowners may also choose from a selection of architectural styles, window, door, siding and trim options. Many of the interior walls in the plans can also be moved for added customization.

The company also offers Woodhouse timber frame homes, “the most complete package available.” Customers choose the look they want and the team builds around those dreams.

Once plans have been finalized and deposits secured, the company orders the materials. Delivery can take up to 12 weeks because the timbers are crafted on a state-of-the-art computer numeric controlled joinery machine and are designed for optimum load-carrying capacity. Workers then finish the machine cuts by hand, creating fully housed joinery “of the highest standard.”

The company takes great pride in every project and in support of its build-green goal, King’s Foot practices, and can conduct, a blessing for the home. In honor of the trees which helped build the structure, Woodhouse encourages putting a small bough of a tree at the highest peak of the newly raised timber frame.

For a site consultation or more information on what King’s Foot, Inc. can do for you, call (970) 726-8500, visit, or drop by the main office in the Fraser Marketplace (in the Safeway plaza). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sundays by appointment.

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