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Plan Your Timber Frame House

There’s a lot of planning that goes into building a new timber frame house; get our expert advice on buying land, building a private road, choosing a post and beam style, selecting a wood species and more.

A Small Timber Home Built for Two
How to Downsize Into a Timber Home
A reader writes in wondering what's the best way to build on a small scale:
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How to Make the Most of Your Space in a Small Timber Home Design
With a little forethought and healthy dose of good design, a tiny timber home will feel anything but cramped. Here’s how to mak...
A Sustainable North Carolina Timber Frame
Q+A: Can a Home Have Too Many Windows?
Where does function overrule form here?
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What's Your Dream Custom Home?
Figure out what kind of custom home you should build.
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How to Site Your Timber Frame Home on the Water
Want to boost your sense of well-being and happiness? Build your timber home along a body of water.
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Why Timber Frame Homes Are So Sustainable
It’s not only the wood that makes people fall in love with timber frames — it’s their natural sustainability.
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Six Steps to a Healthy Timber Home
Keep your home’s interior fresh and fit with these six hints for cleaner indoor living.
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Anatomy of a Timber Frame
Use this handy illustration as a guide to timber frame terminology:
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Questions to Ask Before You Buy Land
A short and sweet list to help you walk through this big decision.
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Four Basic Timber Home Terms to Get You Started
Some intro terminology to get you going with your timber home research and planning
Deciding on a Timber Home
Deciding on a Timber Home Style
Some introductory terminology to get you started in choosing a timber home provider and understanding what the inside and outsi...
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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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11 Tips to the Perfect Timber Home
Take it one step at a time, starting with these 11 tips to creating a floor plan that will satisfy you now and in the future.
Blueprints for planning a timber home design
4 Vital Questions to Ask as You Plan Your Timber Home
Use these questions as a way to organize the daunting process of building a timber home.
Picking Land for Timber Home
What to Look for When Buying Land
Use this checklist to make sure you find the right piece of property for your timber home.
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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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How to Create a Hobby Room
Design a personalized space dedicated to what you love to do and get inspired by these fun examples.