People in the Know: Alan Milanette of Timber Frames Inc


Located near Canandaigua, Timber Frames, Inc. uses a method of construction sometimes called  “post and beam” for each of the individual timber frame homes they build. Their craftsmen cut and secure their framing timber one by one, by  interlocking mortise and tenon joints, pegged with oak trunnels.

When did Timber Frames Inc. start? What is it known for?

Alan: In 1977 my wife and I erected our first Timber Frame home and fell in love with the concept. By 1980 we were exclusively doing timber framing. Each structure is made up of joinery hand cut by skilled craftsman in our local shop in South Bristol. Timber Frames is known for its innovative and one-of-a-kind designs uniquely crafted for the Finger Lakes geography. We are also known for building customer relationships that have lasted a lifetime.

What is one new project that you’re working on that especially excites you?

This year’s outdoor patio addition to the Billboro Winery is a small piece of the exciting future for the Finger Lakes food and beverage industry.

What part of the Finger Lakes do you like the most?

The reason we love all of the Finger Lakes is because it has it all. My wife and I are avid boaters, hikers, music lovers, cross country skiers, and epicureans.

What is one of your most defining moments in life?

In 1976 my wife and I took a road trip around the United States to find a place to call home. After a 12-week tour, we made our way back to the Finger Lakes and literally bought the house next door where we started our family and Timber Frames, Inc.

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