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 […]

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 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.
(Just joining the journey? To read more about the Olsens’ timber-home build, start here, then go here and here!)

“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 […]