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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 Home Destinations: Traverse City, Michigan
From cherry-picking to wine-tasting, snowshoeing to kiteboarding, there’s a little something for everybody in the midwestern town of Traverse City, Michigan.
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7 Low-Maintenance Landscaping Tips
Love the look of a well-maintained yard but hate all the work that it requires? Here are some low-maintenance landscaping tips!
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Building a Deck at Your Timber Home
From conception to construction, building a deck that’s both fantastic and functional is totally doable - here's how.
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Masonry Heaters and Bakeovens
Combining the ancient wonders of nature with innovative design and technology, Tulikivi masonry heaters bring energy-efficient ...
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How a Family Took the Plunge in Building Their Dream Home
What happens when one family takes the plunge and decides the time is finally right to build their timber-frame retreat?
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Timber Home Kitchen Design Tips & Inspiration
Cook up your dream timber home kitchen with our expert tips, layout advice and finishing inspiration.
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What’s a Timber Frame?
A timber frame is a home that uses a frame structure of large posts & beams instead of the 2X4-stud “stick frames” that are typ...
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Build the Perfect Timber Home Kitchen Pantry
Storage is never in short supply when a well-designed timber home kitchen pantry is just steps away.
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Choose Your Timber Home Truss System
Strong and stylish, trusses hold their own. Learn how to pick the best timber home truss system for you.
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The Benefits of a Smaller Timber Home
Downsizing your home may be the ultimate luxury. There are many benefits to building and living in a smaller timber home.
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Using Reclaimed Wood in Timber Home Design
Vintage charm and one-of-a-kind character make reclaimed wood a winner with homeowners.
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9 Steps to the Perfect Timber Frame Floor Plan
One major benefit of timber homes goes well beyond the wood. It’s the opportunity to configure that wood — in other words, you ...
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4 Steps for Buying or Building a Timber Home
Follow these fundamentals, and you’ll be on the road to timber home perfection. These steps will show you how to buy or start b...
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The Winners of the Timber Home Living Readers' Choice Awards
The best in home design, chosen by the real timber-frame enthusiasts: you!
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Barn Home Style
This short Q&A with top timber frame experts explains why the charming and classic barn style home is now more popular and mode...
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American Made Products
Want to show your patriotic pride by buying American? Know the facts first.
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Designing a Seamless Open Floor Plan
When an open floor plan flows well from one room to the next, you barely notice it — it’s when it doesn’t that it’s a real traf...
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Element of Surprise
The Olsens’ home is nearly complete thanks to creativity, collaboration and — of course — a few last-minute design decisions.
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Planning Pointers from the Pros
Planning tips from some of the top timber home designers in North America.