Residential Projects
Weatherby-Reynolds-Fritson, has created a name for itself by responding to the concerns of their clients. WRF recently won the 2007 CELSOC Engineering Excellence Award for small firms with the Henry House located in Jackson, California. Designer Kevin Fritson blended an old-world process with new-world technology to create an unbelievably energy efficient and spectacular rammed earth home in harmony with its surroundings.

Conventional wood frame construction generally involves the use of 2x wood members for both walls and roofs. Although generally recognized as the method of tract home building, conventional wood frame construction also allows extreme flexibility for us within our custom design applications as well. WRF often uses conventional construction methods in conjunction with other construction assemblies to create hybrid homes that are pleasing and efficient. The advent of numerous new ecologically aware materials allows us to use conventional wood frame construction to create green, cost effective structures that will look good and perform well through the times ahead.
Timber frame or post and beam construction is a centuries old building technique which has stood the test of time. Modern timber framing is a mixture of simple post and lintel framing, truss dynamics and appropriate joinery design. The artistically crafted timber frame creates the support structure of the building and the beams are fully exposed to the interior of the dwelling. Since there are typically no load bearing walls most are an open floor plan with dramatic vaulted ceilings. The feel of a timber frame building is one of warmth, strength, and security.
While straw bale construction is considered a staple of green living today, the concept is not new. A straw bale home is a very sustainable, earth friendly type of building that has been around for a long time. It was popular in the plains states in the 1800 and 1900s because it utilized an available material and was constructed easily.

Straw is the dead stalk material that is left over after various grass grains are harvested. It is not a living product and is not used interchangeably with hay. Straw is for livestock bedding, mulch, compost and various other applications.

There are two types of straw bale construction, load bearing and non-load bearing. The most popular type of building for straw bale is load bearing. A post and beam frame is erected and the bales are put in between to create the walls. When the bales are covered with stucco it creates a home that can withstand the harshest of weather conditions and is extremely well insulated. The advantage of a straw bale home over conventional building practices is easy availability, low cost, and its high insulation value.

WRF has honed in on this renewed interest in sustainable living and are always ready to step outside the common approach of construction.

Rammed earth construction is exactly what the name implies. What takes thousands of years for the earth to develop naturally now can be done with relative ease by mechanically compacting properly prepared dirt. When completed a rammed earth home is about as strong as concrete.

The advantages of construction of this type include fireproof walls, rot resistant, and termite proof. The super thick walls make the home soundproof and highly energy efficient.

Design and engineering in the snow country presents its own unique set of challenges. Dealing with the high snow loads encountered requires intelligent engineering solutions whereas consideration of snow drifts and sliding snow must utilize creative design ideas.

WRF has the experience to handle both the design and engineering of structures in the snow country and has currently executed projects in Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood, and Bear Valley.