Homestead Timber Frames

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 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

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

Location, Location, Location

Posted by Cyndy Gardner on Sep 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM

3 Keys to Finding the Perfect Plot of Land

So you’ve decided to finally invest in building the timber frame home of your dreams. Throw a man-cave in somewhere, a dining room fit for a king, and a kitchen that chefs would fight to cook in and you're ready to go.

With all of the glamour that comes with building your dream home, it’s easy to get excited about your finished product, and overlook some of the smaller details. Many times, our clients will come to us with a specific plot of land in mind to build their new timber frame. Whether it’s on the top of a mountain, beachfront property, or somewhere in between, you’ll want to consider these 3 things before making a decision on your plot of land.

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Topics: Timber Frame Building, Timber Frame Planning