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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.

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How to Decorate a Fireplace Mantel
The mantel is an underestimated fireplace feature that can set the tone in any living space. Here's how to decorate a fireplace mantel to work with the design in your timber home.
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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?
We're Obsessed with this Salvaged Barn in Montana
What is a Natural Timber Home?
What exactly is a naturally built timber home, and what sets it apart from other homes?
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How to Maintain Your Wormy Maple Floor
Wormy or ambrosia maple is known for its white and dark wood tones, but it can lose color over time. Here's how to keep your wo...
Why a Wood-Burning Fireplace is Worth the Investment
Why a Wood-Burning Fireplace is Worth the Investment
It's time to rekindle your romance with an old flame: the wood-burning fireplace.
How to Design Your Home for Holiday Entertaining
How to Design Your Home for Holiday Entertaining
Whatever your holiday traditions may be, make sure your timber home is decorated to match the festive family fun this winter.
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4 Types of Wood Used for Timber Frames
These 4 different types of wood are the perfect building blocks for your next timber frame home.
6 Festive Timber Frames Decorate for the Holidays
6 Festive Timber Homes Decorated for the Holidays
Find some seasonal inspiration for your home in our gallery of holiday timber homes. How will you decorate your wintry abode?
Why Build a Timber Frame Home?
Why Build a Timber Frame Home?
Why you should consider building a timber frame home for you and your family.
Donna Peak's Holiday Traditions
Donna Peak's Holiday Traditions
Editor in Chief Donna Peak reveals some of her family's favorite holiday traditions. What do your family traditions look like?
Timber-Frame Gazebo Inspiration
Timber-Frame Gazebo Inspiration
A well-designed timber-frame gazebo provides a flexible outdoor living space perfect for a range of gatherings.
Where to Place Your Chimney
Where to Place Your Chimney
What are the pros and cons for an interior versus an exterior chimney? We’re working on a limited budget and need to build some...
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3 Tips for Lighting Your Vaulted Ceiling
Successful lighting design in a timber home with cathedral and vaulted ceilings soaring 20-plus feet into the air creates an ad...
What You Need to Ask Your Timber Provider Before You Hire
What You Need to Ask Your Timber Provider Before You Hire
Jeff and Stephanie Bowes of Canadian Timberframes share three topics to address before choosing a timber provider.
What is a Party Barn?
A Rustic Barn for a Timber Home in the Finger Lakes
This rustic barn structure was built to include two separate living spaces: a large area with a bar for entertaining, and a sec...
How High to Hang a Light Fixture?
How High Should You Hang Light Fixtures in Timber Homes?
How high or low should you hang your lighting fixtures? Here are a few quick guidelines.
Lighting Definitions: Lighting Styles for Your Timber Frame
Lighting Definitions: Lighting Styles for Your Timber Frame
Confused about all of the different lighting options out there? Here’s a brief overview of different fixtures.
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How to Design a Timber Frame Exterior
The exterior of your timber frame is just as important as the inside.
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The Party Barn: How to Build the Ultimate Timber Frame Barn
A symbol of American tradition, backyard barns have become the place to be for good old-fashioned fun! Here’s what you need t...