Friday, October 30, 2009

Why Build a Panelized Home Over a Conventional Stick-Built Home?

Below is a great article summarized by eSIPS Project Coordinator Seth Charles a few months ago. Due to the questions we receive about the benefits of building a panelized home over a stick built, we thought we would post this article again!

In a side by side comparison by the Wood Truss Council of America, two identical homes were built under controlled circumstances. One home was built with a conventional “stick-built” approach using lumber delivered to the jobsite where it was handled multiple times during the layout, cutting, nailing and sheathing operations. The second home was built with structural panel components, delivered to the site ready to be stood in place by the erection crew.

To summarize, the onsite manhours for the component crew were only 36% of what the stick-built crew needed to frame the house and overall costs (labor and material combined) were 15% less!
Not only did the panelized crew finish the home faster, the overall cost was less! We tend to speak to cost as it pertains to the money you spend on the materials and labor alone, but let’s not forget the costs associated with on-site waste removal, “mistakes,” and other delays caused by weather and material shortages. With a panelized home you can save time and money and with our eSIPS Insulated Panel Home System, you are saving the step of insulating later on. Not to mention the added advantage of a superior insulation material with portions made with BioBased spray foam!

Combining these advantages with working with our experienced design staff and knowledgeable project coordinators gives you peace of mind and the guarantee of a successful project. Call us now to find out more about our homes and how we can help you build the home of your dreams!

But don’t just take our word for it, watch the video and see for yourself how the numbers stack up and call us today at 1-800-636-0993 to get started!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Floor Plan Feature: Classic Cape 2

Capes are one of the most popular types of home built here in New England. We took some of the traditional elements of a cape style home to develop our own modernized cape floor plan. The Classic Cape 2 from our line of Classic Barn Homes combines two more basic Cape Series models into an L-shape. The floor plan offers 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The total square footage for this Cape style floor plan is 3,084 and is a great size for families or even for those that just like to entertain.

The entry to the home opens to the study and then to an open dining, kitchen and cathedral-ceiling great room. The master suite is on the first floor to the right of the study, offering privacy away from high-traffic areas of the home.

The central staircase leads to a loft gallery that overlooks the great room. Three additional bedrooms, full bath, and a laundry room make up the spacious second floor.

Cape style great room shown with some timber framing

Contact us to get started on your dream home today! Whether you want to build an energy efficient home with Davis Frame Timber Frames or eSIPS Panel Homes, we can help you! So give us a call today at 800.636.0993 or email us at

Friday, October 23, 2009

Building a New Home with eSIPS Insulated Panel System

Are you looking to build a new energy efficient home? Our eSIPS insulated panel system offers a great energy efficient way to build your new home! Our wall and roof panels are shipped out in sections for your builder to put in place. By shipping out our panels in sections, this will save you significant time in building your new home. Also, with our wall and roof panels being fabricated in our shop’s controlled environment we eliminate “rain delays," mis-cuts, layout errors and costs associated with jobsite waste removal.

There are so many reasons to choose Energy Smart Insulated Panel System (eSIPS). Here are some of the benefits:

  • We use BioBased Spray Foam Insulation that incorporates renewable ingredients to replace a portion of petroleum that is typically used.
  • Decreases the risks of cracks and gaps that can be found with other panels.
  • Will not attract rodents that often disturb many homes which use conventional panels and insulation.
  • Unsurpassed energy efficiency.
  • R-20 and greater for the wall panels.
  • R-40 and above for roof panels.
  • Extremely air tight to provide you with heating and cooling savings!
  • Keeps your home at a consistent temperature.
  • With the use of other responsible products, could decrease your utility bills by up to 50%!
  • Faster construction resulting in your dream home being built faster.
  • Reduced onsite labor expenses and onsite waste.
  • Our eSIPS can be customized for your existing plans or you can custom design a home from scratch with our in-house design team!
Contact us today to start planning your new home, cabin, addition, barn or garage! Let eSIPS help you build the home you have always dreamed of. Call us today at 800.636.0993 and talk with one of our project coordinators about your project.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Barn Style Home Floor Plan Feature

Rocking chairs and porch swings could easily adorn the timber frame farmer's porch on the Classic Barn 4 model. Classic Barn 4 is apart of Davis Frame's line of barn style homes, Classic Barn Homes. We have designed over 25 models inspired by the beauty and tradition of homesteads, seashore cottages, farmhouses and colonial buildings of days gone by. Davis Frame's line of Classic Barn Homes can easily be converted into a plan for an eSIPS structural panel home. If you can't choose between what method to build your new home, a hybrid timber frame with eSIPS panels would be a great choice!

This popular barn style floor plan offers plenty of space with 2,882 sq. ft., three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The timber frame porch leads into the entry of Classic Barn Home 4 to an open first floor that features an adjacent kitchen and dining room at one end and living room at the other. An extra room on the first floor can be used as a den or study.
The second floor features a master bedroom suite with a full bath, as well as two bedrooms that share a second full bath. A loft area is also on the second floor.

If you are looking to build a barn style home or any other style timber frame home or panelized home, contact us today at 800.636.0993 to speak with one of our project coordinators!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Update on Panelized Home in Sunapee NH

Scissor Truss Frame

Our latest eSIPS home in Sunapee, New Hampshire home is a perfect example of building a hybrid timber frame with the use of insulated panels. The hybrid timber frame home features three beautiful scissor truss bent frames giving this custom designed home an artistic flair. The scissor trusses are located in the great room, kitchen and dining room. The remainder of the home also features some timber frame members that compliment the design of the home. The home is an example of how timber framing can be incorporated into any style home in a cost effective way and add beauty to a home without having to use a full timber frame structural system for the home.

The NH hybrid home uses our Energy Smart Insulated Panel System, eSIPS. eSIPS is a wall and roof panel division of Davis Frame Company. This building system has enabled us to expand our green product offerings while staying true to our commitment to building beautiful energy efficient homes, but now at a lower finished cost than a full timber frame home.

eSIPS Wall Panel Installation


eSIPS home! Call us today at 800.636.0993 and ask for our products literature. Learn how you can build a hybrid timber frame and still maintain the energy efficiency and beauty of a Davis Frame Home!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Open House in CT this Weekend!

Nationwide OkTIMBERfest Open House Event

When: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Where: Eastford, CT
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
For more locations click here!

One of our favorite pre-designed timber frame homes from our Classic Barn Home line is the Classic Farmhouse 1B. This timber frame floor plan offers traditional elements that make it have true farmhouse character. This traditional farm style home is perfect in any setting and offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,943 sq. ft. making this a spacious home to grow in. A wrap around porch is common to see on a farmhouse and Classic Farmhouse 1B features a wrap around timber frame porch on two sides.

The entry of the timber frame farmhouse opens up into the spacious living room to the left of the entry. To the right of the entry is an open dining room and kitchen. The openness of the kitchen and dining rooms allows for plenty of space to enjoy a meal with your family. A mud room is also off of the kitchen to allow for first floor laundry or a place to store your shoes and coats.

The second floor of this home features a spacious master suite with a cathedral ceiling. One of our Classic Farmhouse 1B clients added a fireplace to their master suite to make it more cozy. Two additional bedrooms and a bath are also on the second floor.

One bonus feature of this floor plan is an additional third floor which adds another 375 sq. ft. to the home. The third floor offers a third bedroom and good size loft. This is perfect for guests or to use as office space for privacy.

Join us for an open house Saturday, October 10, 2009 at this Farmhouse in Eastford, CT! Don't miss your chance to tour this beautiful timber frame home in Connecticut. Learn about the various product options that Davis Frame has to offer! We provide: timber frames, SIPS, and panelized homes by eSIPS. Call us at 800.636.0993.
For more OkTIMBERfest locations for the nationwide open house event click here!