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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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Maximizing Small Timber Home Kitchens
In a small home, spaces that pull double duty rule. And an eat-in kitchen is multitasking at its best.
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The Timber Home Difference
This free guide addresses timber frame homes from top to bottom, energy efficiency to layouts, joints and trusses to wood speci...
Picking Land for Timber Home
How to Choose Property for Home Construction
Before you start designing and building your home, you'll need to pick your property. Here's how to choose property for home co...
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One Floor Plan, Four Ways
A handful of homeowners customize a popular plan to make it their own.
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8 Pro Planning Pointers
Expert advice for creating the perfect plan.
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Windows & Doors: Boosting Energy Efficiency
The right windows and doors will go a long way toward boosting your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.
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The Top 15 Questions About Timber Homes
No doubt you’ve got questions about timber-frame houses: building them, designing them, living in them. Thankfully, we have ans...
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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Private Road Ownership
Sharing a private road with your neighbors can be a great way to ensure peace and quiet for all—if you do your homework.
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Q & A: How to Convey Your Ideas to Timber Frame Professionals
The things you need to do before you start talking to your timber frame professional.
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3 Tips for Downsizing Your Timber Home
Good things come in small packages — even when it comes to your timber home. Check out these tips on downsizing your home.
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Special Spaces: 4 Rooms to Personalize Your Timber Home
From quiet corners to hobby hangouts, consider adding a few extra personal places when designing your new home.
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The Lifestyle Home: Timber Home Design
We asked two timber-home design teams to create two different timber frame house plans to match lifestyle requests from consumers.
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Timber Frame House Plans: 10 Steps to Perfection
How do timber-frame house plans come into being? A methodical approach works best. Follow our 10-step plan to get the perfect d...
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Cutting Costs in Home Building Budgets
Your home-building budget may have shrunk in the past 12 months. But you can still get the home you want while spending less.
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6 Tips for Working with Contractors
Developing a positive relationship with your contractor is a key to keeping headaches to a minimum.
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Can We Afford This? Setting a Home Construction Budget
How much should you budget for building a house? Here's how to develop a timber frame home construction budget to avoid running...
Getting Creative with Natural Materials
How creative can you really get with natural building materials?
We Take This Floor Plan and Customize It Six Ways
We Take This Floor Plan and Customize It Six Ways
Floor plans are more flexible than you think, so we took one floor plan and re-designed it six different ways.