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  • Timber-Frame Transformation (Fine Home Building)

    To satisfy a client’s desire for lots of exposed structure, a builder removes conventional roof framing to make way for custom trusses.
    By Kiley Jacques

    “Recently I heard someone say, ‘The best way to honor a tree is to make something with it that is more miraculous than the tree itself.’ We tried our best with this project.”—Steven Rundquist, timber framer

    Brewster Timber Frame Company–owner Steven Rundquist grew up playing in old barns in his home state of Kansas. “I love the look and feel of them,” says the expert timber framer. It was a shared adoration of truss-centric builds that made this project special for Rundquist. In fact, he considers it to be his all-time favorite, partly because the client was so enamored with the notion of timber featuring prominently in her home. She also had myriad ideas for how to personalize the spaces with uniquely inspired built-ins.

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  • Move over million-dollar mansions, timber-frame homes can be cost-effective

    Move over million-dollar mansions, timber-frame homes can be cost-effective

    Fort Collins Coloradoan – June 17, 2016 (Rob White,

    When you think about timber-frame homes in Colorado, do you think of multimillion dollar getaway spots in the mountains?

    Well, it’s time to think again.

    “People equate timber frames to these massive, million-dollar lodges, and it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Steve Rundquist of Brewster Timber Frame. “If we can get in early enough and help design the project, we can keep things straightforward and fairly simple to help keep the cost down. The simplest frame is really beautiful.”

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  • Cover for a Bridge in Wyoming

    Cover for a Bridge in Wyoming
    Timber Framing Magazine – June 2016

    It all began with a phone call from a builder. He had a client in Saratoga, Wyoming, who needed a cover built atop a bridge deck spanning a narrow channel of the North Platte River, which runs through his property.

    I met the builder and client at the site, gathered input about specifications and general design, and was warned, “It’s all about scale. The scale needs to be correct.” The bridge was to be used not only to get ranch equipment from one side to the other, but also as a family and community gathering spot.

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  • Buckhorn resident, timber framer rebuild canyon home from burned trees

    Buckhorn resident, timber framer rebuild canyon home from burned trees

    North Forty News – June 2013
    by Doug Conarroe

    When Curt Busby and his wife, Kelly O’Donnell, lost their home off Buckhorn Road west of Fort Collins in the April 2011 Crystal Fire, the natural thing for this eco-conscious couple was to make something good out of nature’s cycle of life, death and renewal.

    In their case, this meant reusing the burned but standing dead pine trees that dominated the 35-acre property that Busby’s lived on since 1998. So they felled and milled the dark, needle-less tree trunks into trusses and framing elements for the new house they’re building on the old foundation on Vortex Drive.

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  • Got the Blues: A craftsman makes the best of the mountain pine beetle infestation in Colorado.

    Green Source – The Magazine of Sustainable Design – June 2012
    by David Sokol

    When Steven Rundquist moved from Brewster, Massachusetts, to Bellvue, Colorado, in 1998, he geared his timber framing company to new residential construction in this area north of Boulder, instead of preserving the centuries-old homes he encountered on Cape Cod. Although Rundquist would look to the same historic precedents in this next chapter of his business, the materials at his disposal were not quite the same. Around 2005 he started hearing about a burgeoning of mountain pine beetles in the area. Five years ago he began seeing the ravages firsthand.

    “At that time I was working on a timber frame project in Steamboat Springs, commuting from Bellvue to Steamboat by going up Poudre Canyon and over Cameron Pass. The west-facing hillsides had as much as 60 percent loss of Lodgepole pine. Soon trees were dying on the east side of Cameron Pass. Now it’s starting to show up in the lowest foothills where my home is located.”

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