Custom Built Homes. Open-plan Kits. Additions, Barns, and Small Buildings


As a design build company, we take a truly integrated approach to the design, engineering, fabrication and raising of your structure. In our 38-year history as teachers and builders of fine post and beam homes and barns, we have continued to refine all aspects of our process to provide you with the most efficient structures, most beautifully.

Shelter Design Build Services


Our clients enjoy full access to our in-house engineering and building services. We will guide you through structural options, costs, and timeframes so you can choose solutions that make sense. We offer site planning, floor plan design, and engineering services for your project. We work with you to develop and define your vision. Schedule an appointment today to begin designing your new structurally-engineered timber frame, barn, garage, addition, or any structure you can imagine, which we can design, cut, deliver, and raise.

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    • Pete Neidhardt
      After taking their Design & Build course, I had the confidence to build this timber frame house, from a version of their stock plans. And you will too.
      Pete Neidhardt
    • Chasen Gillies
      We drove thirteen hours through a blizzard to take the timber framing course and it was worth it. You can tell this family has been teaching people since the 70's. 70's?! These guys are great. I hope to be back to learn but just saying "HI" would be a win. They've probably mapped out every minute of the week for the students but it still feels relaxed. Best of all, I can say with confidence, I can build a house. A timber structure. And I will
      Chasen Gillies
    • Matt Anglin
      Excellent course on house building. Teaches about every aspect of house including good design principles.
      Matt Anglin
    • Laurie Palagyi
      Shelter is a phenomenal resource of skill, intelligence, and good people. I took the two week design/build course and it was wonderful. I left with the confidence to assess my own home and any future home that I may build or purchase. Shelter is the real deal.
      Laurie Palagyi
    • David H T Kane
      Instructors make sure their lectures are clear and understandable to the students. Great follow through.
      David H T Kane
    • Deborah Caldwell
      Nothing can beat the hands-on experience that my daughter and I enjoyed for three weeks at the shelter institute. I have kept in touch ever since. I am disappointed that I cannot leave a comment on Pats chainsaw videos. The system does not seem to acknowledge our presence.
      Deborah Caldwell
    • Enzo Talladira
      As a second generation carpenter/joiner Shelter Institute's online course is a must for all who are interested in Timber Framing and the enjoyment of life.

      I have found the team to be responsive, caring and helpful. A pleasure to deal with.
      Enzo Talladira
    • Kristina Rae Bolduc
      So far our online courses are phenomenal!!! We love Pat, Gaius, and Blueberry! Gabe is pretty awesome too!!
      Kristina Rae Bolduc

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