Making your vision a reality is our mission and even though machinery and software have developed to make our job easier, we still choose to go about it the old school way using techniques steeped in tradition. That’s what makes New England Timber Works unique. Well, that and our ability to work from scratch. Even if your idea is something still floating around in your mind, we pride ourselves as being visionaries. From pen and paper to 3-D rendering to reality, we develop custom post and beam home plans and timber frame designs that we’re sure will exceed your expectations. Our clients from all over the world tell us, we just get it. We’re known for understanding the needs of our clients and for translating them into perfect joinery. We’ll see you through the process, beginning with the implementation of your timber frame home plans, working with your designer, and giving you consultation time of our own.
Beginning in the 1970's as a small construction company in the Mount Snow Valley of Vermont, Dover Building Company evolved into a custom home design and timber frame construction company. Owned by Bob and Margie North, Dover Building Company grew to meet the demands of the local community and, gradually, out-of-state customers. In 1993, daughter Sharon Vilcins and son-in-law Ken Vilcins established New England Timber Works, which has been shipping timber frame homes nationally as well as overseas going on 30 years now. Since then, the Vilcin’s have moved to Wilmington, NC, expanded, and established Atlantic Barn and Timber under their Timberworks Unlimited umbrella. Click the image above to hear us tell our story.
Our Plans & Construction
New England Timber Works is a family-owned business with more than three decades of fine home design and construction experience. In our third generation of ownership, we specialize in custom post and beam construction, featuring fine timber frame and post and beam home plans for our clients. Like the trees we use for our timbers, our roots go deep. Our timber framers travel all around the world to help people like you turn their dreams of owning a custom designed and cut timber frame home to life. Our team designs, builds, and installs projects both large and small in all parts of the world.
Just like two trees in a forest, no two frames are cut the same. That’s the art in the craft. We don’t automate the process to cut our corners. All of our post and beam, timber frame homes are crafted in keeping with the traditions of timeless post and beam construction. All of our joinery is mortise and tenon secured with oak pegs we source from another family who still uses an old World War II machine to craft them. We offer Western Hemisphere Fir or Eastern White Pine as standard woods, but offer many other woods upon request. Our resume features frames cut from Hem Fir, Doug Fir, Dried Oak, Standing Dead Larch, and many varieties of reclaimed wood sourced from all over the world. While we are noted for our special details in our joinery and generous timber sizing, there’s no project too large or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear about your vision so that we can customize the post and beam home plans of your dreams.
New England Timber Works is a family. That’s us put simply. While we’re proud to include three generations in our story, we’re made up of a full crew who we include as a part of our extended family, each of whom demonstrates their own range of specialties. The work starts in the minds of our clients and is met by phone, email or an in-person meeting with Sharon who begins the process and then passes the baton to Ken and the the drafters who create and design renderings, floor plans, and drawings for our customers, taking that next step towards a new timber frame home. Then we have our shop guys who work behind the scenes most of the time—in the beginning cutting and prepping materials for our new builds—and the rest of their time actually erecting and putting our new builds together. This is where our job gets fun, high up in the beams 30 or more feet off the ground raising the timber frame. Once the frame is up, our specialty guys—the counter guy, the painters, the plumber, and so on—help us tie our new homes together. We are a true team at New England Timber Works, each playing our own intricate part in the success that has led us through three decades of award-winning timber frame construction.