Old Hampshire Designs is an award-winning design/build company located in New London, NH. We have been helping people create the home and buildings of their dreams in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region since 1984. Whether you’re looking for a Timberpeg® timber frame, a conventionally framed home or office, or anything in between, we will work with you to create a structure that meets your individual style and objectives.

We invite you to browse through our portfolios and hope you enjoy touring some of the custom homes and commercial projects we have built for our satisfied clients. Though it represents just a small sample of the hundreds of projects we have completed, we offer it as an introduction to some of our award-winning and finely crafted details such as fireplaces, interior trim and paneling, stairways, masonry and magnificent windows. Thank you for visiting. We look forward to hearing from you.

Timber Frame / Timberpeg®

Old Hampshire Designs has been a representative of Timberpeg, an internationally leading timber framing company since 1984. Setting the standard for quality design and construction, Timberpeg homes are based on a modular system of engineering with many basic designs that can be easily adapted to meet your site and lifestyle needs. Old Hampshire Designs will work with you to custom design the ideal structure for your objectives. For more information about Timberpeg construction, visit timberpeg.com.

Conventional Construction

We’ve earned our reputation by designing and constructing award-winning conventional homes for 30 years. Regardless of the style you choose, we’re committed to quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service. We are a leader in green building practices and energy-efficient design.  We handle everything from start to finish and our service often continues beyond the traditional warranty to ensure that our customers are completely satisfied.


By definition, hybrid homes combine the best of both conventional and timberframe construction methods and the design options are endless. Hybrid new home construction is a cost-effective way to highlight distinctive craftsmanship in specific areas best suited for showcasing architectural detail such as in a great room. A spectacular timberframed addition is also a popular way to add value, openness, light and beauty to any conventional structure. 


Commercial Construction

We enjoy working with our commercial clients who often want energy efficient, comfortable, professional environments for their employees that will also make a favorable impression on their own customers. At Old Hampshire Designs we view all of our customized design/build projects as an opportunity to build on what we do best: establish lasting relationships with our clients that match the integrity of our buildings.

Recently Old Hampshire Designs was  featured in NH Home Magazine: The Face of Custom Home Building.

  • I had an excellent working relationship with Jay. He would have done anything I insisted on but he used his experience to point out other possibilities. Jay was flexible and accommodating and so was I. We had a very good relationship. Jay has incredible integrity and it was a pleasure to work with him.

    Virginia ~ Newbury, NH 

  • We talked often and sent designs back and forth. It was a long distance project. I knew what I wanted and had total confidence in Jay’s ability. I’d go up for three or four days and spend all of them picking things out and talking…Jay and Timberpeg were very clear on costs; there were no surprises.

    Virginia ~ Newbury, NH 

  • Thanks to Jay and Rick for working with us on our original design, and creating a more practical New England structure without changing the floor plan or overall feel of the exterior. And thank you also for your high standards (often even higher than our own).

    Rob & Kathy ~ Enfield, NH 

  • The subs that worked on our house were wonderful…We had no negative experiences with subs. All problems were fixed quickly, and with no questions asked. We have heard MANY stories about negative experiences others have had with contractors. Tales of arguments, poor workmanship, ignored schedules, and outright rudeness. We experienced none of the above.

    Rob & Kathy ~ Enfield, NH 

  • I cannot recommend Old Hampshire Designs highly enough. This was a home building project of over $1.5 million. From initial design to finished details this company was a true partner always concerned to meet our requests.

    Willy & Anne ~ Sunapee, NH 

  • The men that worked on our house were always respectful and courteous. When we would show up on the job site we were always welcomed regardless of how involved they were with the work they were doing. They never let us feel that we were in their way or intruding.

    Tina & Bill ~ Newbury, NH 

  • Someday we plan to build a retirement home on a nearby lake. Hopefully you will still be building great houses when we do.

    Kathy & Rob ~ Enfield, NH 

  • Above all, thanks to Bill for his patience and responsiveness. He took our seemingly endless supply of calls and questions and dealt with them in an efficient and professional manner. We feel that he makes the ideal project manager.

    Rob & Kathy ~ Enfield, NH 

  • We have built four homes and remodeled three and this is the first time I could say we enjoyed every minute of the thirteen month project. First class all the way!

    Fred & Kathleen ~ Sunapee, NH 

  • Thanks to Karen for keeping us up to speed on how things were going, and working with us to stay as close to the budget as possible. We appreciate the fact that a quality home builder would take on our “small” project…

    Kathy & Rob ~ Enfield, NH 

  • You have enabled us to build our dream home, and also be confident that it is just as much a good investment as it is a place to live.

    Kathy & Rob ~ Enfield, NH 

  • It is hard to find all the words to express our gratitude to you at Old Hampshire Designs for the outstanding work that you did for us on our home. We will always remember the days of -40º when your subs made their way up the hill. The workmanship on our home is outstanding and we have great respect for your craftsmen.

    Bill & Tina ~ Newbury, NH 

  • We want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the great work you have done in managing our project. The house is beautiful, and you made the experience as stress free and easy as possible.

    Rob & Kathy ~ Enfield, NH 

  • We very much appreciate all of your support and hard work – the house is great. We are a big supporter of yours.

    John & Sharon ~ New London, NH 

  • We wanted you to know how appreciative we were of your rapid response to our “leak”…It is comforting to know that you and your staff stand behind your work and respond quickly.

    Matt & Bert ~ Thetford Center, VT 

  • We wish to thank you all for a job well done. We love the design and are pleased with our farmhouse look.

    Fred & Carol ~ Henniker, NH 

  • Their products are designed with exquisite attention to detail, built for generations to come, and the all-important customer service is unrivaled. Old Hampshire Designs is a six-star company in a five-star world.

    Tod ~ New London, NH 

  • Old Hampshire Designs and Jay Tucker have been representing Timberpeg in the Lake Sunapee and Dartmouth New Hampshire regions for nearly 30 years. In addition to being cooperative and supportive to our company’s sales, design and manufacturing staff, we are continually impressed with the services and quality building experience they provide to their customers.

    Colleague ~ Claremont, NH 

  • Thank you for all your efforts to build our beautiful home.

    John & Patty ~ Wilmot, NH 

  • I would not hesitate to use this company again and have recommended them to others.

    Debby & Jack ~ Enfield, NH 

  • Every design-build company should emulate Old Hampshire Designs. They make a potentially stressful project stress free and pleasant.

    Colleague ~ Claremont, NH 

  • Billy Andrews is wonderful to work with and we were always confident that you and Billy were doing the best for us. We always appreciated how faithful Billy was with returning phone calls and his good communication. Karen was as much a part of the team as all the craftsmen and we appreciated their efforts.

    Tina & Bill ~ Newbury, NH 

  • The people who worked on the house were all easy to get along with, and they clearly all enjoyed their job. Communication was excellent, the house was finished within our time frame, the detailed estimates we received were accurate.

    Debby & Jack ~ Enfield, NH 

  • It is very difficult to find the right words to express our deep gratitude to you for our very lovely home. We were so delighted with our very own “Home” wine… how clever and touching. And the lovely wreath was the first perfect item to grace our walls. Thanks for helping to make a “dream come true”.

    Jo & Al ~ Brownsville, VT 

  • Our beautiful home was built on time and on budget. Their solutions to building issues and suggested value engineering as well as enhancements were invaluable.

    Chip & Kathy ~ New London, NH 

  • Their workmanship and contractors are the finest. Jay Tucker and his associates are professional, easy to work with and readily available.

    Colleague ~ Claremont, NH 

  • Since these are our vacation homes, we rely on honest, hardworking contractors to complete work we cannot be there to oversee. They are very responsive, complete the work in a timely manner at a reasonable rate. We have been very happy with Old Hampshire Designs.

    Sheri & Gerry ~ New London, NH 

  • They are professionals of the highest quality. They were always willing to listen, but not hesitant to state a professional opinion, even if I differed from what we (thought) we wanted. They have continued to be available for questions and follow up on any aspect related to the project…truly a lasting relationship.

    Anne & Willy ~ Sunapee, NH 

  • With over 100 Timberpeg homes built, their knowledge and expertise of designing and building timber frame homes is superb and the feedback we receive from their customers is consistently positive. We’re honored to have them representing the Timberpeg brand.

    Colleague ~ Claremont, NH 

  • We have been working with Old Hampshire Designs for about 4 years now. They completely renovated our lakeside cabin. The work was meticulous and their subs (painter, plumber, electrician, etc.) all worked seamlessly. Much of the work was design build. Since then, they have completed several jobs for us at another house including a room renovation over a garage with heating and AC, replacing a well and many small projects that have come up.

    Sheri & Gerry ~ New London, NH 

  • It is with great appreciation that we write this letter to you. We were totally pleased with all aspects of the remodeling and addition that your project manager, Rick Flint, and his various crews provided to our home in 2008. The design challenges were met in the planning stages and also on the day to day variations that did arise.

    Sue & Richard ~ New London, NH 

  • I chose Old Hampshire Designs, Inc. as our builder after contacting several other builders for our unique, Chris Williams designed vacation home. From our first contact Jay Tucker and Bill Andrews were as excited over our plans as I was. As a home builder in the Washington, DC area, I instantly recognized their expertise as well as their confidence and honesty.

    Chip & Kathy ~ New London, NH 

  • We hired Old Hampshire Designs to build our timber frame home. They were recommended by our architect, and once we had met with them and seen other homes they had built, we knew they were the best choice. The quality of the work was extraordinary, down to the last sub-contractor.

    Debby & Jack ~ Enfield, NH 

  • Old Hampshire Designs built our custom designed home following the architect’s plans. Old Hampshire Designs pays close attention to details, giving great concern to the finished product and has an excellent team of craftsmen. Their service and caring for the finished product lasts long after the home has been completed.

    Bill & Tina ~ Newbury, NH 

  • I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing the Old Hampshire Designs team both personally and professionally for over 25 years. They designed and built my traditionally-framed home as well as my detached Timberpeg garage. Additionally, I’ve worked with Old Hampshire Designs extensively as one of the founding members of the Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury, NH which showcases a post and beam Pro Shop and half-way house designed and built by Old Hampshire Designs. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire Old Hampshire Designs team.

    Tod ~ New London, NH 

  • The scheduling of crews was most efficiently productive and totally accommodated our personal needs and wishes. The crews were dependable to a full work day schedule as they were precise to the smallest detail of skillful performance. Their attention to detail was also observed in their clean up at the end of each work day. It was very easy for us to enjoy the process of transition in the new area as we passed through to our original living area. This attention to detail also left us with a strong impression of their pride and integrity in their work.

    Sue & Richard ~ New London, NH 

What Is Design/Build?

As a design/build firm Old Hampshire Designs coordinates directly with you throughout the entire building process. We begin by offering you a no obligation initial review of your site by one of our designers. The next step involves creating conceptual sketches. During the design phase we work with you to determine your goals, develop a budget and create your customized plans complete with construction specifications. We then acquire the permits, manage the subcontractors and billing, and construct the home. The integrated design/build collaborative is a proven construction approach that results in a highly efficient and seamless transition from initial concept to completion.

If you’re already working with your own architect or designer, we also enjoy working exclusively as a General Contractor. We are available for renovation consultations and commercial construction. Our skill set and expertise results in projects that successfully stay within the budget and timeframe that you choose. Please let us know if you have any specific questions about this process, we are here to help.

Building Green

A Common Sense Approach

Our approach to green building starts with common sense. Basic principles, such as siting the house to take advantage of passive solar gain, proper insulation and ventilation, and using the right windows, can make a huge difference in your home’s energy efficiency and impact on the environment. We also work with a LEED-certified architect and are a proud member of the New Hampshire Green Building Council. We’ll work with you to develop a green building plan that meets both your needs and budget.

Building Green From Start to Finish

Old Hampshire Designs is an Energy Star Partner and green building begins well before we break ground on your new home. Whether your home is conventionally framed, timber framed or a hybrid of the two, we can provide you with FSC-certified wood, grown in well-managed forests as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.  Timperpeg®’s factory cut frames from FSC-certified Douglas fir or eastern white pine grown here in the northeast, plus their Structural Insulated Panel (SIP’s) system of construction minimizes waste.  As a building material, wood is a renewable resource, grown without artificial energy, and endures for generations.  It is also important that our suppliers share the same commitment to sustainable practices and we seek out individuals and businesses that work towards green building.

Finding the Right Shade of Green

All Timberpeg homes exceed Energy Star ratings, and we can custom design your home to go up to the level of green that’s right for you. Technology has made former cost-prohibitive energy improvements, such as closed-cell insulation and solar voltaic shingles, more affordable than ever before. But it’s also important to understand which technologies make sense for your lifestyle and budget before you invest. We’ve been building “green” since we began in 1984, and can help you explore your green options to both reduce energy dependence and create a safe, healthy home.

The Team


From left to right: Bill Andrews, Project Manager; Wendy Parker, Office Manager; Jay Tucker, President; Karen Lafiosca, Accounts Manager; Rick Flint, Project Manager.

Jay Tucker
Jay Tucker

Jay Tucker, President, began Old Hampshire Designs in 1984 after working for Timberpeg as both a designer and production coordinator. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the New Hampshire Green Building Council, the Greater Lake Sunapee Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, and MBA at Plymouth State University.



Bill Andrews
Bill Andrews

Bill Andrews, Project Manager, graduated from Keene State University and has worked in the building construction industry for over 30 years. Several of the homes Bill has built are featured on our website. Bill also taught woodworking at the Cardigan Mountain School.




Karen Lafiosca
Karen Lafiosca

Karen Bennett Lafiosca has worked for Old Hampshire Designs for 17 years as the Accounts Manager, providing accounting, customer service, and all-around support.




Karen Lafiosca
Wendy Parker

Wendy Parker is our Office Manager. She joined us in 2013 and provides administrative support for the whole Old Hampshire Designs team. Wendy also spearheads our marketing and customer relations.

What Is  Timber Frame?

Since 1984, Old Hampshire Designs has been an award-winning representative of Timberpeg®, an internationally leading timber framing company. Setting the standard for quality design and construction, Timberpeg® offers many standard or custom designed homes that can be easily adapted to meet your site and lifestyle needs. Old Hampshire Designs will work with you to custom design the ideal home for you and your family. For more information about Timberpeg® construction, visit www.timberpeg.com, or give us a call. 

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A standard Package for a Timberpeg® building consists of the following:

1. Eastern white pine or Douglas fir timber frame*
2. 2×8 t&g decking for the decking/ceiling finish
3. Drywall (B.O.)
4. 6-1/2″ Structural Insulated Panel
5. Felt paper (B.O.)
6. Drainage plane material
7. Andersen®, Marvin, or Eagle® windows and doors
8. Clear vertical grain cedar bevel siding
9. Aye & better grade Western red cedar or PVC trim
10. 1×8 or 2×8 t&g decking
11. 1/2″ layer of exterior grade plywood (B.O.)
12. 6-mil polyethylene vapor barrier (B.O.)
13. Blocking at perimeter of roof for nailing on fascia trim
14. 4″ or more of Polyisocyanurate foam insulation
15. Double layer of 1×4 strapping for venting
16. 5/8″ exterior grade plywood (B.O.)
17. Felt paper (B.O.)
18. Architectural grade composition shingles
*Timber Frame Includes a 10 Year Structural Warranty

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