Ancient techniques and timeless beauty, ultra-energy efficient
Located in the Abitibi region of northern Québec, Les Compagnons de Charpente employs the ancient technique of timber framing that nearly disappeared with the arrival of the motorized sawmill and the 2 x 4 in the last century.
In the U.S. during the 1960s, artisans rediscovered these technique and adpated them with 20th century know-how by adding walls and roofing enclosed by structural insulated panels, known as SIPs. Building timber frame homes got us familiar with these panels so we began to make our own for each project. Composed of expanded polystyrene with laminated exterior skins of oriented strand board, they create a highly effective envelope for our timber frame structures. The frame remains visible inside the building, held together by large wooden pins and the «sandwich» panels give it an insular value that surpasses modern standards.
We strongly believe in this type of construction for its stability, durability, warmth, presence and beauty, as well as for its economic use of our valuable wood resources.
Design and location are up to you
We can make all sorts of structures, including houses, barns, garages, cabins, add-ons to an existing structure… The frame and insulated panels are fabricated in our Abitibi workshop and delivered to your site.
To learn more about how a project proceeds, visit our FAQ page. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you’ve already got a particular project in mind or want to know more about our workshops.