Homestead Timber Frames

Making the Most of Wasted Space

Posted by Larry Johnson on Jun 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Our mission at HTF is to create a well-designed home without wasted spaces. Wasted space is a major dilemma that hits us all at one point or another. Everyone finds themselves wondering what to do with that extra room or two they’ve got sitting empty in their timber frame home.  Fortunately, we happen to be full of ideas regarding the use of space that’s dormant.  Read on to discover how to make all that extra space in your timber frame home work for you – you’ll be glad you did!

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Working Your Personality Into Your Timber Frame Home

Posted by Larry Johnson on Jun 9, 2017 2:09:50 PM

Let us start off by saying that a timber frame home comes imbued with a personality that’s all its own.  The home you plan can be as small as 850 square feet or as large as 4,500 square feet and the timber frame that holds it together will stand larger than life, drawing eyes and calling plenty of attention onto itself.  However, if you really want your timber frame home to “shine”, so to speak, fill it with your personality and you’ll add more light and life to your timber frame home than you could ever imagine.

When our design team is working on a new timber frame home, our primary goal is to design a functional space that’s customized to fit your needs and project your lifestyle.  Another goal that is important to us is to have the timber frame compliment the home – not ‘take over’ the feel of the spaces. To accomplish this, we make it a point to get a feel for who our clients truly are, and that starts with our initial communication. Those first conversations – be they by phone, by email or in person – are the best way for us to gauge what type of timber frame home we’ll end up building for a client, and we do this by asking a few simple questions:  
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Make Your Own Construction Schedule

Posted by Larry Johnson on May 15, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The process of building a timber frame home is an incredibly rewarding one, but it can be very stressful as well.  You’ll have a great deal placed before you to learn and consider, which can create a web of worries that may easily entangle you if you aren’t careful.  Preparing yourself for what’s to come can take a lot of weight off of your shoulders, and you can do this easily by creating your own construction schedule.  Read on to learn how a construction schedule can benefit your project – as well as how you can make your own.

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Fireplaces and Timber Frame Homes

Posted by Larry Johnson on May 10, 2017 12:58:10 PM

It goes without saying that the fireplace is a common fixture in timber frame homes.  It’s virtually impossible to find a photo of a great room that doesn’t prominently feature a grand stonefireplace!  In a timber frame great room, it may seem coincidental that the fireplace is staged as a focal point – after all, why would you want to take attention away from a timber frame structure?  In reality, where your designer locates the fireplace should be completely intertwined with the development of the overall timber frame design.  Today, we’re going to learn why.

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Planning for the Additional Costs of a Timber Frame Home

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Feb 23, 2017 3:28:07 PM

Without any prior knowledge, it would be easy to assume that building a timber frame home is the same as any custom home. While there are some similarities, it’s really like comparing apples to oranges. Considering the extra production, craftsmanship and materials that go into a timber frame home, the process becomes much more complex, but it can be done!

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Topics: Insider, Home Planning

Timber Frame Porches

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Feb 23, 2017 2:04:57 PM

Have you ever driven by a home that really caught your eye?  It’s usually the lines of a house – the placement of an unusual window or the combination of materials used, or maybe the welcoming front porch.  The home stands out from the others around it and, more often than not, expresses the personality of the people within. 

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Topics: Timber Frame Building, Timber Frame Home, Home Planning

Check These 4 Qualifications Before You Apply for a Timber Frame Loan

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Feb 8, 2017 4:26:53 PM

Not just anybody can walk into a bank off the street and qualify for a loan—especially since the banking crisis in 2008. Banks now use stricter qualification processes to approve individuals for home loans to reduce foreclosure and delinquency rates.

This isn’t a bad thing, but it does mean that you should understand the basic qualifications for a home loan. Most loan officers are going to look at these four things.

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Topics: Insider, Home Planning

The Case for a One Level Timber Frame Home

Posted by Larry Johnson on Jan 11, 2017 4:24:52 PM

Lately we’ve been getting a lot of design requests for one level timber frame homes from clients looking for the perfect ‘forever home’. ‘Ranchers’, as these rectangular homes were once called, are perfect for those who are looking for a grand home with a simple and accessible floor plan. They can come in a variety of styles, from rustic to modern to mountain or even Mediterranean. This only serves to further boost their popularity with home builders, and these layouts are an excellent choice for timber frame homes.

The one level rancher rose to prominence in the 1950’s, usually boasting a square footage of around 1500. California-style ranchers were more rambling and built in an L or T shape with lots of windows and terraces. In the east, you found more compact ranchers with covered porches or a carport attached. A few builders would introduce open roofs or beams in the ceilings which only lent to their attractiveness. Modern ranch style homes featured angled or sloped rooflines also featured open rafters in the ceilings. The ranch style home waned in popularity for some time, but the one level style of living is making a comeback, and for good reason.

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Topics: Timber Frame Building, Home Planning, Timber Frame Planning

The 5 Most Common Species of Wood in Timber Framing

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Dec 15, 2016 3:19:00 PM

Timber framing has been practiced and refined for more than 1000 years now and in many different cultures. In each culture the wood species traditionally employed would have been the strongest, largest, and most abundant species available.

The Great Halls of England are timber framed using English oak. Colonial America saw use of Eastern white pine, spruce, maple, and the oaks. Timber framing in Appalachia added Tulip poplar and even American chestnut. Bald cypress joins the list for projects benefiting from a weather-resistant species. On America’s West coast Douglas fir, Western red cedar, Western white pine, the Redwoods, and Sugar pine all saw use in timber framed structures.

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Topics: Timber Frame Building, Timber Frame Home

The 3 Most Common Finishes for Timber Frames

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Oct 31, 2016 3:19:52 PM

Throughout the past three decades of this ongoing timber frame revival, timber framers have tried just about every finish available.  Some have worked well and some have failed miserably.  The challenges are:

1. To find a finish solution that is easy to apply, readily available and reasonably priced
2. Safe to the user – the environment – and the occupant
3. Durable and easy to repair
4. Yields the desired surface appearance and is long-lasting.

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Topics: Home Planning, Timber Frame Planning