4 Steps for Buying or Building a Timber Home

Follow these fundamentals, and you’ll be on the road to timber home perfection. These steps will show you how to buy or start building a timber home.
Timber homes continue to win converts with their craftsmanship, variety and superior energy efficiency. But despite their positive features, timber homes remain a small segment of the custom-home market.

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SIPs vs. Stick-Built Construction

The main contributor to the exceptional efficiency of a timber home is the building envelope, starting with structural insulated panels (SIPs).

The Big Finish

Just joining the journey? To read more about the Olsens’ timber-home build, as well as their initial design process, click here.
Taking a risk with mixed materials pays off in the Olsens’ New York retreat.

It’s no secret that one of the biggest benefits of building a timber home is you can make it look any way you […]

Customizing Popular Home Floorplans

Three companies share their most popular designs — and the secrets for customizing them to suit you.
If you’re like many potential timber home owners, you probably have a stockpile of ideas, wish lists and inspirations for your future home’s design. But just because you have specific wants and needs for your plan doesn’t mean you […]

10 Questions to Answer Before Building a Timber Home

The Starting Block
The answers to these 10 questions will help to get your project off to a running start It takes years of training and hard work before an Olympic track runner steps up to the starting blocks that leads to the record breaking and medal winning. You will need to have the same type […]

The Cost of Building a Timber Home: Timber Package

Need a little guidance for choosing your home’s timber package? The experts discuss the factors involved in choosing a timber package and what sets one package apart from the rest.


Barn Inspired Timber Homes

The classic barn design is an inspiration for timber home architects everywhere, creating beautiful structural looks using this clean post and beam trend.

The Timber Home Building Process & Lessons Learned

Expert advice during the building process takes the Olsens’ timber-frame project from good to great.
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“Sometimes you have to be smart enough to know what you don’t know.”

This, according to Greg Olsen, has been one of the key secrets […]

Laying the Groundwork

With their timber-home plans in hand, this family is ready to break ground and get their frame in place — but not without a few last-minute considerations.

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? From a well-organized party to a perfectly executed house, it takes effort and know-how to turn individual elements into a cohesive […]

Built to Last

The planning is done. The design is finalized. The timber frame has even been raised. Now it’s time for the Olsens to watch their dream become reality.

Custom-home construction can be an overwhelming idea. Let’s face it — we’ve all heard a few nightmarish stories about everything from costly delays to sloppy subcontractors. But there’s no reason […]