Timber Framing


For over 30 years, Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking has specialized in constructing beautiful, custom-cut timber frame homes located throughout New England and beyond. Our timber frames are hand cut with fine precision and attention to detail, carefully crafted the way they have been for centuries with interlocking mortise and tenon joints.

Being a small business, we are very responsive to the individual budgets of our clients. We do not have the overhead of the larger construction and timber framing companies, so we can be more competitive in the cost of custom homes. If you have been told that the house of your dreams is out of your price range, please give us a chance to price your project before you settle for something less.

At Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking, our mission is to make your dream home a reality, with a process that is satisfying and enjoyable for our clients. Knowing how important your new home is, we are with you every step of the way, from the idea stage right until you step through the finished threshold.

As designers, joiners, and builders, we are able to offer a wide range of services and creative options for your home. Whether you have always wanted to build a traditional timber frame home, or desire a hybrid home using a combination of traditional timber and conventional framing, let us guide you through the process. We also help with the details, such as custom staircases, woodwork, furniture and built-ins.

Locally Sourced, Made in NH

Traditional values and local craftsmanship. Unlike many of the timber frame companies that have turned to mechanized cutting of frames and cookie-cutter packages, Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking’s timber frames are one of a kind and are cut by hand, using traditional methods. None of our projects are mass produced, but are made to be unique to each client’s specifications and imagination. Timbers are hand cut in our shop in the village of South Acworth, NH, or on your site.

Local sustainability is an important theme in our projects. Almost all of the wood used for our timber frames, as well as the pegs used to secure the timbers, are all locally sourced from New Hampshire and Vermont businesses. When you have a house built from one of Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking’s custom frames, it truly will have been made in New England!

Our Process

Our client’s satisfaction is always our priority. Deciding if you want your entire house to be of timber frame construction, or just one area, gives you many options to choose from. Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking will work with you every step of the way to ensure your dream home becomes a reality. Sometimes that process includes guiding you through the sitework and foundation, and every other step through the process, until the final interior painting and trim work is completed. Other times, our job is to carefully craft a custom timber frame that we erect on an existing foundation, and that will be finished by a general contractor of your choice.

Whatever your building project entails, the story of your future home begins by sitting down and listening to your thoughts, ideas and wishes. Before we even start the design process, we will walk your site with you and take into consideration environmental factors, like terrain, exposure and lighting. We consider your budget, your space requirements, and your design preferences. As Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking builds the vision of your home with you, we often compare photos and illustrations of similar projects, and sketch out possibilities. Once rough drafts are finalized, we’ll design a floor plan and create detailed blueprints that bring you one step closer to realizing your new home, all the while keeping an eye on your budget.

With final blueprints and an approved budget, construction begins, and you will quickly see your dream home materialize before your eyes.


Experience is the difference. Being in the industry for over 30 years, a craftsman can create many beautiful homes and work interesting and unique custom projects. Such is the case with Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking. From entire homes, to single rooms or additions, entryways, or even treehouses, we can take on any kind of building project and ensure the process and outcome are both satisfying and beautiful.

In addition to designing and planning your entire house build, Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking also works as a sub contractor on special projects. If you just want an external timber frame element, hand cut custom stairs, custom built-ins or a timber frame great room, Bret Lord Fine Building and Woodworking can help make it happen.

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Route 123A
South Acworth, New Hampshire 03607