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Wall & Roof Options for Timber Frame Homes

Understand the wall and roof choices for your timber home.

While the structural frame may be the star of the show in a timber home, the enclosure system (translation: your walls and roof) is what protects the house from the exterior elements. Plus, depending on what materials you choose, this system can create a high-performance house […]

Building a Deck at Your Timber Home

From conception to construction, building a deck that’s both fantastic and functional is totally doable – here’s how.

Everyone loves the idea of a sprawling deck (or two) to expand their home’s usable living space. But before putting shovel to soil, you’ll need to do some thorough planning to ensure you’ll build a deck that you […]

From Dream to Design

What happens when one family takes the plunge and decides the time is finally right to build their timber-frame retreat?

Thanks to a well-documented design/build process — and a homeowner’s willingness to share — over the next four issues, we’ll follow the Olsen family’s journey from start to finish, and get the inside scoop on exactly […]

What’s a Timber Frame?

A timber frame is a kind of home that uses a frame structure of large posts and beams instead of the 2X4-stud “stick frames” that are typically used in tract homes.

You’ve seen the photographs of the classic Amish barn raising. That’s a timber frame, and it’s used for far more homes than barns these days.

Timber […]

8 Steps to a Smooth Timber Home Build

Construction is the most critical phase of the custom-home buying process, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. Knowing how the process unfolds will allow you to preview the work ahead and know who’s responsible for making sure everything goes according to plan.

The construction process is where you’ll see your dreams start to […]

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.

As […]

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 answers to these 10 questions will help to get your project off to a running start when you’re ready to start building a timber home.

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 […]