We recognize that not all sites are equal and sometimes ‘re-building’ is better than tearing down and building new. We welcome the challenge that these special projects offer and enjoy designing unique solutions for them. From islands with no roads to raising church roofs, to replacing 200 year old timbers, our team thrives in diverse construction environments.
Curious about how Shelter can help you with your building project?
Watch a YouTube video (step 1 and step 2) of Shelter installing glulam timbers in an old church so the owner could bring new life to the building and incorporate a studio apartment and a restaurant into the beautiful historic space.
Or view a slideshow of the Shelter crew building a 24x36 hemlock frame with a 20-ft wide dustpan dormer on Gay Island, which is off the tip of Cushing between the Back River and the St. George River. Read more about brining the frame and building materials to the island and assembling the frame on the Shelter Build blog.
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.
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
Excellent course on house building. Teaches about every aspect of house including good design principles.
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.
Instructors make sure their lectures are clear and understandable to the students. Great follow through.
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.
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.
So far our online courses are phenomenal!!! We love Pat, Gaius, and Blueberry! Gabe is pretty awesome too!!
We are well into the second week of class winding up a rousing day of Wiring taught by Pat Hennin , Blueberry Beeton wrapped up our Monday with Model-Framing. Tomorrow starts bright and early with a window installation and water-proofing workshop with Gaius Hennin