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Expert advice for building a timber frame home, including advice on timber frame construction, eco-friendly building, window options, framing & trusses, insulation tips, wood choices and construction site management.

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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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The Secrets Behind SIPs
Structural insulated panels are among the most energy-efficient building products you can buy, boasting impressive R-values and...
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Your Checklist For Finalizing Construction Plans
You’re on track to build your home this year. What do you need to discuss with your general contractor or builder before the sa...
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The Welcome Home Series Part 4: Passing Inspections
Attention to detail in the design and planning stages allowed this family vacation home to pass a trio of building inspections ...
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The Welcome Home Series Part 3: Raising the Frame
After finalizing the design details, the next step in this Riverbend Timber Framing home’s journey to completion is to cut and ...
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The Welcome Home Series Part 2: Designing a Timber Home Dream
After laying the groundwork for success in Part 1 of our series, the Riverbend Timber Framing design team gets to work, craftin...
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The Welcome Home Series Part 1: A Timber Home Away From Home
Our Welcome Home Series is back! This time, we follow a Florida couple’s dream of creating a second-home retreat for their grow...
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The Timber Frame Company Helping Preserve the Brazilian Rainforest
Rick Paid is like the Indiana Jones of timber. One part adventurer, one part preservationist and one part visionary, he is sust...
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What's Your Dream Custom Home?
Figure out what kind of custom home you should build.
Wiring and Ductwork
How to Plan Your Wiring and Ductwork
What goes on behind your four walls requires a lot of planning. Here’s how to get your systems straight.
Timber Home Construction
Who Actually Builds Your Home?
Whoever builds the home, the best qualifications are that the person provide reliable, qualified subcontractors and that you fe...
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Anatomy of a Timber Frame
Use this handy illustration as a guide to timber frame terminology:
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Our Checklist for a Smooth Build
Follow these 8 steps to a productive, efficient build.
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The Advantage of Using SIPs, or Structural Insulated Panels
Timber homes are leading the charge in comfort and energy efficiency, thanks to the use of structural insulated panels (SIPs), ...
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What's the Difference Between Post-and-Beam and Timber Framing?
It's the details that make all the difference after all!
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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.
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Getting Creative with Natural Materials
How creative can you really get with natural building materials?
The Timber Frame with Amazing Views
Conventional vs. Naturally Built Timber Homes
What are the biggest differences between conventional and naturally built homes?