With your average stick-built house, beauty may only be skin-deep, but timber frames are thoroughly crafted, versatile homes, and your initial impression is only the beginning of the story. Though their roots are centuries old, timber frames are ready for the demands of modern life. They are naturally energy efficient, and many timber framers have embraced techniques in both design and construction that make it possible for a home to achieve net-zero energy usage. Timber frames can be enhanced to be very efficient passive-energy homes, often by following simple design guidelines, like orienting the house so the south face can absorb the sun’s warmth between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and taking advantage of the open floor plan designs that optimize the function of a passive system.
As you build your timber frame home, you’ll likely discover the greatest benefit of all: working with craftspeople who take as much pride in the construction of your home as you will in living in it. Owners of timber frames remark on the people who build their homes, noting their care and precision, and attention to design and detail. And timber framers remember every client, often counting them among their lifelong friends — a friendship founded in the discovery of a shared passion for beautiful, handcrafted homes.