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Planning a timber frame home involves more than just the floor plan; here you'll find expert advice on everything you need to get started, including budgeting, buying land, choosing wood, specifying a timber frame style, and more.

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Pitch Perfect: Designing for a Sloped Lot
Designing for a sloped lot has its ups and downs, but with creativity and proper planning, you can call a mountainside site home.
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Preparing for Your Loan Application
The phrase “loan application” is one that can cause shivers of dread and concern. Take a deep breath and approach the loan appl...
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5 Ways to Keep Your Energy Bills in Check
While the new dynamic promises an improved work-life balance, it will also cause energy use and utility bills to skyrocket with...
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Inside the Floor Plan: a Charming Cabin Made for Entertaining
Though originally conceived as a weekender, the size, amenities and layout of this plan make an ideal primary home for those lo...
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10 of the Dreamiest Mountain Locales
As the saying (almost) goes: the higher the home, the closer to heaven. These 10 divine mountain locales offer broad appeal, wi...
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Designing a Timber Home for Multiple Generations
Designing a log or timber home that suits multiple generations requires a careful balance between togetherness and privacy. W...
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7 Home Investments That Make Your Life Easier and Healthier
There’s no time like the present to prepare your log or timber home for the future.
The Top Timber Frame Home Floor Plans of 2021
The Top 10 Timber Home Floor Plans of the Year
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Reflections on Craft and Building Connections
Timber Framers Guild Centuries Old Timbers Find New Life
How Centuries-Old Timbers Found a Fourth Life
In a historic timber reclamation and up-cycling story, some nearly 500-year-old timbers begin their third use, or fourth life, ...
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Q&A: What Should I Look for When Shopping for Land?
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Inside the Floor Plan: a Layout for All Ages and Places
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The Winning Spaces of Our Readers' Choice Contest
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Our Readers' Favorite Timber Homes
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Inside the Floor Plan for a Modern Day Classic
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The Benefits of Building Small
Thanks to their innate charm, log and timber homes are ideally suited for downsizing. Here’s how to live large in a little space.
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Take a Look Inside This Cozy, Totally Custom Floor Plan
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Your Guide to Single-Story Homes
Single-story homes are as versatile as they are practical, and they’re perfectly designed for a lifetime of enjoyment.

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