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Have questions about what goes into timber home construction? Need info on wood species, log profiles and corner styles? Looking for floor plan design tips and inspiration? The answers are at your fingertips.

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Timber-Frame Terminology
Here are some of the key terms used in timber-frame construction.
9 Fabulous Fireplaces
Your home's fireplacement is serious business. In this photo gallery we share 9 of the all-time best fireplaces to heat up any timber home.
Suite Dreams: Master Bedroom Design for Timber Homes
No longer just another bedroom, the perfect master suite is all about the details.
6 Big Ideas for Small Timber Homes
Most consumers are realizing that a smaller footprint will save energy, money and provide a house that better suits their lifestyle. Here’s how to perfect your small-home masterpiece.
Outdoor Fire Pit Setup Done Right
Key considerations in designing the perfect fire-fueled al fresco arrangement.
Get Stoked: Freestanding Fireplaces
Bye-bye brick and stone. Freestanding hearth products are all the rage in timber home design.
Warming Trends: The Latest in Timber Home Hearths
A hearth expert shares his years of knowledge.
Green Design 10
Forget high-tech gadgetry or the latest green-washing trend. These basic design elements will prime any home for increased efficiency.
Island Fever: Kitchen Island Design Ideas and Photos
Kitchen islands are the most frequently requested kitchen-design element in homes. Check out this array of island design options.
Top 15 Questions About Timber-Frame Houses
No doubt you’ve got questions about timber-frame houses: building them, designing them, living in them. Thankfully, we have answers.
Hit the Deck: 7 Factors for Successful Deck Design
From conception to construction, build a fantastic deck that’s functional, too.
Luxury for Less: The Great Room
Dress up your timber home's great room without breaking the bank.
5 Steps to a Home that Saves You Money
Increase your new or existing home's energy efficiency and save money with these 5 steps.
Tip: Kitchens Without the Kitsch
Revive your kitchen's decor without reverting to cliché style choices.
Cooking Up a Good Kitchen Design
To get the most out of your timber-home kitchen, design it around your cooks.
3 Tips for Downsizing Your Home to Save Money
Good things come in small packages — even when it comes to your timber home. Check out these tips on how to downsize your home.
Feng Shui: Balanced, Peaceful Design
For a harmonious environment within your timber frame home, incorporate some of the following principles to enjoy the benefits of feng shui.
Windows Q&A: Choosing Windows for Your Timber Home
Since load-bearing walls are largely unnecessary in timber frame homes, fill your walls with glass to bring in as much natural light as possible.
Top 10 Country Kitchens
Looking for inspiration for your kitchen? Check out our favorite photos of country kitchens from 10 timber frame homes.
Design a Zen Den: Sleep in Peace
Lull yourself into sweet dreams with these secrets to a serene bedroom design.