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Floor Plan Fundamentals

The secret to building a perfect timber frame home starts with mastering a few floor plan fundamentals. Get expert advice on designing the perfect floor plan for your log home, and choose the size and layout that fits your family's lifestyle.

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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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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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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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12 Tips for the Perfect Timber Frame Floor Plan
Take it one step at a time, and use these 12 tips to create a floor plan that will satisfy you now and in the future.
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How to Make a Little Kitchen Have a Big Impact
No matter your square footage, here are a few ideas for kitchen space savers.
The Benefits of Building a Hybrid Timber Frame Home
The Benefits of Building a Hybrid Timber Frame Home
Whether you want an eclectic look or a way to keep the budget in check, a hybrid timber home offers a variety of advantages.
4 Must-Haves for Your Not-So-Big Home
4 Must-Haves for Your Not-So-Big Home
Jonathan Orpin, founder and owner at New Energy Works Timberframers, shares four things to include in even the humblest abode.
8 Design Elements for a Comfortable Timber Frame
8 Design Elements for a Comfortable Timber Frame
No matter the size of your home, be sure to leave room for these 8 design elements that will make your timber home comfortable ...
6 Guest Room Tips for Saving Space
6 Guest Room Tips for Saving Space
Make the most out of your guest room by following these space-saving tips.
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Three Smart Solutions for Small Timber Homes
Make the most out of your small timber home by following these easy steps.
Spatial Effects: How to Fit Furniture into Your Timber Frame
Spatial Effects: How to Fit Furniture into Your Timber Frame
Ensure your home and the rooms inside are appropriately sized by planning ahead.
5 Ways to Optimize a Laundry Room Floor Plan
5 Ways to Optimize a Laundry Room Floor Plan
Tips for designing a beautiful and functional laundry room in your timber home.
Design a Dreamy Guest Room That is Versitile
Design a Dreamy Guest Room That is Versatile
Impress visitors with a well-designed and versatile guest room in your timber home.
Design A Timber Frame Stairway That Blends Design + Function
Design a Timber Frame Stairway That Blends Design + Function
Create and build your stairway to complement your home's design and function
The Virginia Timber Frame That Blends Beauty & Nature
4 Floor Plan Mistakes and Easy Fixes
Four design experts share common design mistakes and how to avoid making them in the first place.
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Hybrids Homes: The Perks of Combining Logs and Timbers
Thinking about building a hybrid home? Here are our expert tips on combining logs and timbers like a pro.
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What’s a Timber Frame?
A timber frame is a home that uses a frame structure of large posts & beams instead of the 2X4-stud “stick frames” that are typ...
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Choose Your Timber Home Truss System
Strong and stylish, trusses hold their own. Learn how to pick the best timber home truss system for you.