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 […]

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 […]

Timber Home Tour: Refined Rustic

One timber home mixes refined rustic and a modern feel in the Montana mountains.
Photos by Karl Neumann

In the world of custom-home building, it’s all about scale. And in southwestern Montana, with its towering mountains, endless […]

Anatomy of a Small (and Smart) Home

At just over 2,000 square feet, this Colorado home showcases space planning at its finest.
Photos courtesy of Frameworks Timber

In life, we’re told not to sweat the small stuff. But sometimes, in certain special circumstances, it’s […]

Stone Fireplaces For Timber Homes

A natural choice for wood houses, stone fireplaces look right at home in a timber frame.

Most timber homes just wouldn’t be complete without a fireplace, and stone fireplaces are often homeowners’ first choice. If your […]

5 Design Ideas for a Cozy Timber Home

Longing for comfort? Follow these five design ideas and soon your timber home will be the coziest place around.

What does “cozy” mean to you? A mug of coffee on the porch during sunrise? A good […]