Floor Plan Fundamentals

Here you’ll discover everything you could ever need to know about timber home floor plans.


Big Custom Timber Home on the Prairie

A Michigan couple creates a custom timber home that evokes the flavor of pioneer days.
Story by: Stacy Durr Albert
Photos by: Joseph Hilliard

If there’s one thing Dan and Susan Hope wanted to capture in their custom timber home, […]

Past Meets Present

A Canadian retreat blends the beauty of yesterday and today.
By Stacy Durr Albert
Photos by Heidi Long

When you think of wood homes, you probably don’t envision 18th-century villas or castle-like exteriors. Yet if you take a […]

Storybook Style

A Michigan couple breathes life — and an unusual purpose — into a fairytale-themed cottage.
Story by Suzanna Logan
Photos by Roger Wade
Styling by Debra Grahl

Tucked away in a grove of white pine trees and surrounded by […]

From Site Plan to Floor Plan

A beautiful home is one that works well for the people that live in it. Follow these guidelines for getting your ideas and needs on paper.

While it’s probably the most involved of all the stages […]

Hardwood Flooring for Timber Homes

Go natural with solid wood flooring for your timber home.

The reasons homeowners fall in love with wood flooring go well beyond its beauty. First, there’s the longevity factor. A solid wood floor can last for […]

Simple Additions on Your Timber Home

Need more space? Adding on to your timber home can save you dollars — and make a lot of sense.

Do you dream of a spacious main-level master suite or a four-season room? Is a spacious […]

Design Ideas for Built-Ins

Carve out customized units in your timber home to address storage needs and complement your home’s style along the way with built-ins. For more built-in ideas, click here!

Regardless of a home’s size, space-saving solutions always […]

Timber Home Space Savers

While some people still subscribe to the “bigger is better” mantra, for many custom-home designers, this is the age of small homes. Despite a smaller space, there’s plenty of room for movement. We show you […]

Timber Framing 101

Timber framing 101: modern design meets traditional craftsmanship in today’s timber frames.

A timber home is a kind of house that uses a frame structure of large posts and beams that are joined with pegs or […]

The Great Escape

The home-building experience has come to an end. But for the Olsens, life at their getaway retreat is just beginning.
Photos by Scott Hemenway

Drive two hours north on the Taconic State Parkway, away from the bright […]

Simple Design in a Washington Timber Home

A warm mix of materials meets smart, simple design in this Washington timber home.
Photos courtesy of Natural Element Homes

When you live your life in the fast lane, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the […]

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 […]

A Waterfront Timber Home in Texas

When disaster forces a Texas couple to rebuild their waterfront timber home, they’re determined to make it even better than before.
Story by Suzanna Logan | Photos by Heidi Long

I n the early morning hours, Russell […]