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Daniel Humphrey

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I can answer questions about designing and building homes and outbuildings, especially for colder climates. I am expert in timber framing, but of course I also know about other kinds of residential construction techniques and materials. Because of my emphasis on using local materials and organic alternatives, I know quite about about Green Building and am willing to do the research to find out more.

Experience in the area

I've been a timber framer for 20 years, working as a general contractor who designs and builds custom timberframe homes, working as much as possible with local organic materials, from foundation to finish. I also have expertise in designing, building, and setting up pre-fab remote camp facilities on terra firma or temperate glaciers for research and expeditions, using helicopters for support.


B.A., M.F.A.

What do you like about this subject?

I enjoy helping clients visualize their projects and then turning those concepts into reality. Timberframing itself is a kind of sport for me, energetic and challenging both mentally and physically.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'm always trying to create a masterpiece.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Every building has a visible, tangible skeleton that defines the living spaces. In this way, it is much like a living creature.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

A tension exists between the kind of timber framing we do by hand and that done by machine. Although there are similarities in joinery and overall design, much of the integrity of timber framing tends to be compromised during mass production. Machines can make very large homes feasible, but my favorite timber frames are made by hand from local materials and assembled without cranes.

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Jerry03/26/12101010Thanks Daniel
Linda03/02/12101010Excellent, timely response. The suggestions are certainly .....
danny02/02/12101010Thank You Daniel, Im not thru with .....

Recent Answers from Daniel Humphrey

2014-01-26 insulation floor joist:

Dear Jerry,    Insulation with the highest density will absorb the most sound. For apartments, soundboard is usually installed as infill right up next to the subfloor itself or is put up as full panels

2012-05-21 Recessed lights:

Bob,    For recessed light cans that are not air tight, you should try to seal them in such a way that they cannot overheat. Those cans are designed to get rid of excess heat through air movement. Contractors

2012-04-06 Covered Porch Extension:

Tana,    Your project sounds very cool. I am very familiar with the kind of environment you describe, since I grew up in Willcox and Silver City.  The design you are considering could get pretty wet during

2012-03-20 Removing Roof Trusses and Adding Floor Joists and Rafters or Trusses:

Dear Ernie,    I have opened up truss spaces before by taking out the webbing pieces and replacing them with knee walls, saddle beams, plywood gussets, scissor trusses, and things like that. I have also

2012-02-27 Building on to a single wide Mobile Home:

Dear Linda,    The best way to expand a mobile home is to build a trussed roof structure completely over it, supported by its own foundation. The roof structure is built exactly like a pole barn. This


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