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Design your timber home to fit your family's needs. We cover how to furnish and design each room of your home, plus highlight the little finishing materials that add detail and conversation to every corner of the room.

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How to Pick the Right Piece of Property
Scouting your property early in the process can uncover hidden costs and design challenges. Here’s how to prepare.
Designer Vs. Architect
What's the Difference Between Architects and Designers?
Architects design homes. So do designers. What’s the difference, and how do you choose?
Stock vs. Custom Illustration
Should You Buy a Stock Plan or Go Custom?
While it’s no secret that a stock plan will cost less up front, a well thought-out custom design may be cheaper in the long run...
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What You Need to Know About the Most Common Wood Species
The details of each variety may seem small, but their effect is huge.
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Timber Frame Homes
Timber frame construction has been used for centuries and is increasingly popular today – here’s why.
Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel
Decorating Your Fireplace Mantel
The mantel is an underestimated fireplace feature that can set the tone in any living space. Here's how to decorate your own.
Why a Wood-Burning Fireplace is Worth the Investment
Why a Wood-Burning Fireplace is Worth the Investment
It's time to rekindle your romance with an old flame: the wood-burning fireplace.
How to Design Your Home for Holiday Entertaining
How to Design Your Home for Holiday Entertaining
Whatever your holiday traditions may be, make sure your timber home is decorated to match the festive family fun this winter.
6 Festive Timber Frames Decorate for the Holidays
6 Festive Timber Frames Decorate for the Holidays
Find some seasonal inspiration for your home in our gallery of holiday timber homes. How will you decorate your wintry abode?
Donna Peak's Holiday Traditions
Donna Peak's Holiday Traditions
Editor in Chief Donna Peak reveals some of her family's favorite holiday traditions. What do your family traditions look like?
Timber-Frame Gazebo Inspiration
Timber-Frame Gazebo Inspiration
A well-designed timber-frame gazebo provides a flexible outdoor living space perfect for a range of gatherings.
Where to Place Your Chimney
Where to Place Your Chimney
What are the pros and cons for an interior versus an exterior chimney? We’re working on a limited budget and need to build some...
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3 Tips for Lighting Your Vaulted Ceiling
Successful lighting design in a timber home with cathedral and vaulted ceilings soaring 20-plus feet into the air creates an ad...
What is a Party Barn?
What is a Party Barn?
A symbol of American tradition, backyard barns have become the place to be for good old-fashioned fun!
How High to Hang a Light Fixture?
How High to Hang a Light Fixture?
How high or low should you hang your lighting fixtures? Here are a few quick guidelines.
Lighting Definitions: Lighting Styles for Your Timber Frame
Lighting Definitions: Lighting Styles for Your Timber Frame
Confused about all of the different lighting options out there? Here’s a brief overview of different fixtures.
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How to Design a Timber Frame Exterior
The exterior of your timber frame is just as important as the inside.
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Party Barns: How to Build the Ultimate Timber Frame Barn
A symbol of American tradition, backyard barns have become the place to be for good old-fashioned fun! Here’s what you need t...
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4 Types of Lighting Used in Homes
Light is light, right? Actually, no. A variety of light sources are needed for safety, livability and ambiance. It can help you...