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What are the benefits of an elevated pavilion?
  • Perfect design in areas prone to flooding.
  • Allows the pavilion to pick up cooling breezes.
  • The air flow between the columns maintains a dry and mold free environment.
  • Expansive views and spatial exhilaration.
What is the advantage of building on poles or columns?
  • Poles and columns sit “lightly on the land” and anchor the structure to the earth.
  • Steep building sites do not compromise the design.
  • Labor costs are usually much less than a conventional foundation.
  • Post and pole structural architecture allow for non-bearing walls, permitting great flexibility in interior design.
Do the poles and columns have to be buried in the ground?
  • No. Columns can be buried in a deep concrete reinforced hole or upon a footing with a steel support.
How do these structures stand up to earthquakes, flooding and high winds?
  • All of our research leads us to believe the pole structure is the safest structure designed for hurricanes, flooding, and tornados.
What is the advantage to a shop built design?
  • Design and construction costs are significantly lower in any shop design build. Our components are cut and drilled using CNC technology to the highest tolerances avoiding costly mistakes in the field. The installation process goes quickly and reduces the construction costs significantly. There is very little material waste.
What is the cost per square foot?
  • That will depend on the customization and scale. You can estimate between $75-$200 for an open air pavilion plus shipping.
Do I need to get a building permit and is that more difficult than on a conventional structure?
  • Check with your local building department. Usually, structures under 120SF do not require a permit if you do not hook up to electricity. Permit costs are no different that of conventional construction.
Are the kits difficult to assemble? Do I need a general contractor?
  • We recommend a building professional. Squaring up the columns and leveling the structural components is the most critical part of the build. You’re leaving that to a professional. Our pavilions use timber frame joinery for most connections making the assembly a smooth process.
What is the time frame for assembly?
  • After concrete is set, the timber framework and roof joists should take less than one week. Blocking the floor joists, nailing down subfloor, and roof sheathing will take less than a week.
What equipment is necessary?
  • We completed every operation from setting the bents, staging material, and placing material using a Gradall. Our build was on moderately steep terrain and staging was about 100 yards from the site.
What are shipping costs?
  • We only ship what will be used in the build. Remember there is no material waste! The material for the open air pavilions will range between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds.
Can the kits be shipped outside the Continental United States?
  • Yes. We can load containers at our plant and arrange shipping anywhere in the world.
What kinds of wood are used?
  • The columns, framing timbers, joists and girders are FSC Select Structural Douglas fir, (FOHC) free of heart center. This minimizes splitting and splitting. The tongue and groove ceiling, exterior deck, and torsion walls are Port Orford Cedar. The sub-floor is plywood, and the finish floor is optional.
Is the wood sustainably harvested?
  • Yes. All of our materials are sustainably harvested. If so desired, the entire structure can be designed and built from 100% recycled timber. Our sister company Sonoma Millworks specializes in salvage and re-purposed timbers.

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