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Colonial Smoke House Reproduction

Berlin, Maryland

Commissioned by our Clients to produce a reproduction of a colonial smoke house on the Eastern Shore of MD, we studied similar buildings still standing in Williamsburg, VA for design inspiration.  We modeled the building in our 3-dimensional design software and were able to easily share revisions, design adjustments, and even walk-through computer-generated videos of the concept via email.

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Design Concept of Frame

Design Concept of Frame
Design Concept Final View

Design Concept Final View
Floor Frame And Wall Plates Assembled.  Roof Finial Suspended Temporarily For Roof Layout

Floor Frame And Wall Plates Assembled. Roof Finial Suspended Temporarily For Roof Layout
Corner Joinery Detail -- Concrete Piers Were Wrapped With Salvaged Antique Bricks

Corner Joinery Detail -- Concrete Piers Were Wrapped With Salvaged Antique Bricks
Hip Roof Framing And Skip-Sheathing Completed

Hip Roof Framing And Skip-Sheathing Completed
Terne Roof Installed On Portions of the Roof Prior to Raising

Terne Roof Installed On Portions of the Roof Prior to Raising
Roof Raised For Wall Assembly

Roof Raised For Wall Assembly
Tenons Sliding Home

Tenons Sliding Home
Installing Post and Braces

Installing Post and Braces
Posts Are Up -- Ready to Set Roof

Posts Are Up -- Ready to Set Roof
Frame Erected

Frame Erected
Completed Exterior View

Completed Exterior View
Completed Interior View With Workbench

Completed Interior View With Workbench
Completed Interior View of Hip Roof Framing

Completed Interior View of Hip Roof Framing
Reproduction Colonial Smoke House

Reproduction Colonial Smoke House
And a Word From Our Sponsor...

And a Word From Our Sponsor...
And to complete the look, a traditional clench-nailed door modeled after existing historic doors in Williamsburg

And to complete the look, a traditional clench-nailed door modeled after existing historic doors in Williamsburg
A door such as this could only be hung on hand-forged strap hinges.

A door such as this could only be hung on hand-forged strap hinges.
Door, fitted and hung

Door, fitted and hung
Hand-wrought Suffolk latch

Hand-wrought Suffolk latch
Smokehouses traditionally sored one of a family's most valuable assets -- their food -- so a stock lock secures the door against bandits and rogues.

Smokehouses traditionally sored one of a family's most valuable assets -- their food -- so a stock lock secures the door against bandits and rogues.
Clench-nailed door, painted.  Hand-wrought hook stands ready to receive traditional seasonal decroations.

Clench-nailed door, painted. Hand-wrought hook stands ready to receive traditional seasonal decroations.