It’s Almost Timber Frame Pavilion Weather! Get the Sizing Right

Are you thinking about a timber frame pavilion for the upcoming spring and summer weather? Unless you’ve built one before, you’ll probably need a general idea about the best dimensions for it.

It’s all about personal space. For everyone inside a pavilion to feel comfortable, each one needs a minimum amount of square footage. The amount of space varies depending on whether the person is seated or standing, but not by a tremendous amount.

Here’s what you should account for with your new Homestead Timber Frames pavilion:

  • 8 sq. ft. is the minimum used per person for a stand-up reception.
  • 10 sq. ft. is the median used per person for a stand-up reception.
  • 12 sq. ft. is the maximum used per person for a stand-up reception and allows for a normal sized stage and isle ways.
  • 15 sq. ft. per person is used for a seated affair.


Of course there’s a lot more to deciding how large or small to design your pavilion than just the minimum space requirements. Come talk with us about creating an outdoor oasis where you can relax and entertain.

Let’s get started on your timber frame pavilion now!
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Wiring a Timber Frame Pavilion

Submitted by: Bruce Gardner, Co-Owner of Homestead Timber Frames

Timber Frame Pavilion owners would like to enjoy their pavilion after dark.  Some want ceiling fans.  Many appreciate electrical outlets to power lamps.  The challenge in providing electrical service in an open structure is that of safely hiding the wiring. We have developed a number of effective techniques to meet this challenge.  Our wiring goals are

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• To provide safe wiring techniques

• To meet our client’s wiring requests

• To make the electrician’s task straightforward and                       efficient

• To make the wiring disappear


Our first step is that of placing on paper all the fixtures our client wants.  We offer timber frame pavilion
placement suggestions that avoid wooden joints and that enhance lighting effects.  With our client’s approval we determine the best routes and techniques that to use.  Our shop drawings include channels for wiring and pockets for electrical boxes for lighting, fans, switches, and outlets.  We create channels on the top of roof timbers in which wiring is run after the timber frame is raised and before the roof decking is installed.  Ceiling boxes for lights and fans are inset flush into the bottom side of timbers and installed by us to make the electrician’s job straightforward.

Timber Frame Posts present their own challenge.  Posts that sit against a conventional wall are useful for wiring that does not show in the completed structure.  Often all faces of all posts are visible which requires us to be more creative.  We have invented the use of a two step channel.  The first channel is deeper and narrower than the second and will contain the wiring.  The second channel is wider and shallower than the first and is cut directly over the first.  Once the timber frame is raised the electrician runs the wiring in the deeper channel.  With the wiring in place the local contractor installs a fillet strip—provided by us of the same material as the timber frame—over the deeper channel with wiring inside.  Typically the fillet strip, which sits flush with the surface of the post, is screwed in place so that it could be removed later should additional wiring be desired.  As the accompanying photographs show, once the timber frame is complete the wiring is invisible.  While we can’t claim that it’s magic, we do hope the result is magical.