Homestead Timber Frames

Cyndy Gardner

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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 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

Surface Treatments for Your Timber Frame

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Oct 31, 2016 3:14:39 PM

When building the timber frame home of your dreams, you're sure to be faced with many choices to make when it comes to the look and feel of your new home.The first decision you're going to have to make regarding the look of your finished timber frame is the texture of the timber surfaces. There are a lot of different ways to do this, so we'll go over a few of the most popular:

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Topics: Home Planning

7 Design Considerations When Building Your Retirement Home

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Oct 31, 2016 3:03:36 PM


According to Nielsen's Demand Institute, more than 40% of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are planning to move within the next five years, and in many cases, these people are looking to move into a retirement home. This may include downsizing, or simply moving into a home that requires less upkeep overall, but in any case there are certain things to think about when designing your retirement home. 

This generation is becoming aware that by being more active in their retirement years and planning for one-level living, being near good services for social integration and healthcare all adds up to being happy overall. Here is a list of our favorites when we begin the design phase for a couple building their ‘final home–their dream home.’
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Topics: Timber Frame Building, House Plan, Home Planning

15 Questions About the Timber Frame Home You Want To Live In

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Oct 31, 2016 2:55:59 PM


With careful planning, your new timber frame home design will reflect the way you want to live. We’ve listed some areas below that will help you think through your “must-haves” as well as what you desire in a home.

Think about how you’d like the home to feel. Talk about your lifestyle, how you like to entertain and which rooms you spend the most time in. How do you want life to be different in your new home? Do you want to create an outdoor living space? Thoughtful planning in the design phase will result in a home that truly works for you. 

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Topics: Timber Frame Home

Fitting your Magazine House Plan to a Timber Frame

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Oct 31, 2016 2:53:24 PM

The thrill of finding that perfect house plan in a magazine or online is hard to beat. You love the exterior colors or the curb appeal, the window styles, and especially the floor plan.  If only you could just change the size of those bedrooms for the kids or turn the kitchen the other way–then it would be just perfect!

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Topics: Timber Frame Building, House Plan, Dream House, Timber Frame Planning

11 Ways to Prepare For Your Initial Home Planning Meeting

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Oct 31, 2016 2:45:23 PM

The excitement of building a new home is a very palpable thing. The joy in the air can be felt as soon as you walk through the door, and the energy is infectious! As excited as you are to see your timber frame come to life, we’re just as excited to see your dream come true.

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Topics: Timber Frame Home, Home Planning