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Get planning and building tips for timber home construction, including info on budgeting, eco-friendly building advice, siting your home, interior & exterior design elements, and more.

Timber Frame Anatomy Illustration
Anatomy of a Timber Frame
Use this handy illustration as a guide to timber frame terminology:
Home Building Tools
Our Checklist for a Smooth Build
Follow these 8 steps to a productive, efficient build.
Open Land to Build Timber Home
Questions to Ask Before You Buy Land
A short and sweet list to help you walk through this big decision.
Picking the Perfect Property
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 Home Plan
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...
Timber Truss Welker Home Tour
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...
SIPs Illustration
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), ...
Difference in Timber and Post-and-Beam 2
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.
Stacked Logs for Wood Species 2
What You Need to Know About the Most Common Wood Species
The details of each variety may seem small, but their effect is huge.
Truss Styles
Great Room With Fireplace and Large Windows
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.
the big finish
The Big Finish for Your Timber Frame
Take your timber frame to the next level with these design considerations.
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Designing the Outdoor Area of Your Dreams
Keep these 10 tips in mind when designing your dream outdoor space.
concrete prints
DIY Design: Concrete Imprints
Add your own fossil-like imprints to concrete to give your timber frame home an aged appearance.
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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.