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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.

Are Exotic Hardwoods Worth the Cost?
Are Exotic Hardwoods Worth the Cost?
What are the benefits of exotic hardwoods for exterior spaces, and are they worth the cost?
3 Ways to Create a Modern Rustic Timber Home
3 Ways to Create a Modern Rustic Timber Home
A rustic look on a timber home isn't always easy, but these three tips should help when planning your modern rustic timber home.
4 Unique Timber-Frame Traditions
4 Unique Timber-Frame Traditions
In the timber-frame construction process, there are a few steps and traditions not found in conventional home building, and the...
Cut Energy Costs and Control Your Timber Home From Your Smartphone
Cut Energy Costs and Control Your Timber Home From Your Smartphone
New devices help monitor electricity use and cost and let consumers run their appliances from a smartphone.
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Incorporate Artistic Tiles in Your Timber Home Bathroom
Takes these tips on choosing a bathroom tile that will create a unique flair in your home.
Is PEX Plastic Tubing Better than Copper?
Is PEX Plastic Tubing Better than Copper?
Why plastic tubing is replacing copper water pipes in homes.
17 Tips for Making Your Small Timber Home Mulifunctional
17 Tips for Making Your Small Timber Home Multifunctional
Multitasking rooms help make small timber homes appear larger.
4 Classic Wood Pieces You'll Keep Forever
4 Classic Wood Pieces You'll Keep Forever
The trend in furnishings is to spend wisely on wood and neutral-toned pieces that will last a long time and won’t soon go out o...
The Case for Straw Bale Timber Frame Homes
The Case for Straw Bale Timber Frame Homes
Why straw bales are increasingly popular for timber-home walls.
Benefits of a Pier Foundation
Benefits of a Pier Foundation
Learn about the uses of a pier-and-beam, or pier foundation, and the pros and cons to building this construction style.
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Charming + Chic Log and Timber Frame Kitchens
Without a doubt, the kitchen is the hub of any home. From timeless antique to farmhouse chic, feast your eyes on our readers' f...
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10 Timber Frame Kitchen Cabinet Styles
Understand timber frame cabinet styles to make the best decision for your kitchen.
What is a Solar Tube?
What is a Solar Tube?
Solar tubes — also known as sun tubes or tubular skylights — can help to permanently light your home without using extra energy...
4 Must-Haves for Your Not-So-Big Home
4 Must-Haves for Your Not-So-Big Home
Jonathan Orpin, founder and owner at New Energy Works Timberframers, shares four things to include in even the humblest abode.
How to Downsize into a Timber Frame
How to Downsize into a Timber Frame
Moving into a smaller home frees you from the cost and time commitment that comes with more square footage. Here’s how one coup...
8 Design Elements for a Comfortable Timber Frame
8 Design Elements for a Comfortable Timber Frame
No matter the size of your home, be sure to leave room for these 8 design elements that will make your timber home comfortable ...
The Timber Frame Bathroom Lighting Guide
The Timber Frame Bathroom Lighting Guide
Style doesn’t have to end in your great room or kitchen. Here’s a primer on choosing bathroom lighting that’s anything but basic.
6 Guest Room Tips for Saving Space
6 Guest Room Tips for Saving Space
Make the most out of your guest room by following these space-saving tips.
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Three Smart Solutions for Small Timber Homes
Make the most out of your small timber home by following these easy steps.
7 Jewel Tone Products for your Home
7 Jewel Tone Products for your Home
This year’s hottest colors are rich jewel tones that perfectly pop off the neutral backdrop of wood.