This craft we love so much – the craft of timber framing – has certainly seen its ups and downs over the centuries. It came over the pond with the Colonials and stuck around for quite a while, at least until the early twentieth century. By the early 1900s timber framing was a memory as consumers turned to “stick” homes and kit structures. Then the late 1970s happened…
The barn has made for popular agricultural fixtures and repurposed homes for decades. Even barns built specifically as homes have been in high demand since at least the 1970’s. While these structures still serve such purposes very well, we’re here to get you to notice them in a different light.
Like any creative professional, the Architect (that’s you) constantly strives for excellence. You push yourself daily to create new designs that are unique to the personalities of each client that you serve. Your creations are nothing short of works of art and you have the portfolio to reflect it. That portfolio is an enchanting blend of the conventional and unconventional – steel and stick structures that function as perfect snapshots of who your clients truly are.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.