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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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Your Timber Home Starts Here
The most important thing to understand? It's a process. Begin yours here:
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9 Topics to Discuss With Timber Companies
Buying a custom timber home is a one of the biggest commitments you’ll make in your life — you’ll want to ensure you’ve got the...
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5 Tips for Designing a Floor Plan That "Flows"
Expert tips for designing a gratifying timber home floor plan:
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Protecting Your Timber Home (Inside and Out!) From Humidity
Six tips to keeping your timber home nice and dry, no matter your climate
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The Case for Designing a Custom Floor Plan
Before you set your sights on the stock-plan route too firmly, you may want to explore the benefits of drafting a timber home t...
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The 5 Hottest Architectural Styles for Timber Homes
A look at five of the hottest architectural styles in today’s timber homes and the vocabulary vital to communicating the type o...
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Questions & Answers From Timber Frame Experts
Building a timber home calls for some serious decision-making. To help you make the most informed decision possible, we chatted...
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How to Decide Where to Put Your Timber Home's Chimney
A reader writes in wondering where to put a chimney to get the most bang for their buck...
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Making the Most of a Modest Budget
Here's how to make sure your money goes where it matters most:
A Small Timber Home Built for Two
How to Downsize Into a Timber Home
A reader writes in wondering what's the best way to build on a small scale:
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How to Make the Most of Your Space in a Small Timber Home Design
With a little forethought and healthy dose of good design, a tiny timber home will feel anything but cramped. Here’s how to mak...
A Sustainable North Carolina Timber Frame
Q+A: Can a Home Have Too Many Windows?
Where does function overrule form here?
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What's Your Dream Custom Home?
Figure out what kind of custom home you should build.
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9 Ways to Save Money on Home Construction Costs
Here are nine expert tips to keep your home construction budget from breaking the bank.
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How to Site Your Timber Frame Home on the Water
Want to boost your sense of well-being and happiness? Build your timber home along a body of water.
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Designing a Timber Frame Specifically for Your Budget
Join this on-demand webinar presented by Timbercraft.
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Why Timber Frame Homes Are So Sustainable
It’s not only the wood that makes people fall in love with timber frames — it’s their natural sustainability.
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Six Steps to a Healthy Timber Home
Keep your home’s interior fresh and fit with these six hints for cleaner indoor living.