Once you’ve decided to build a custom home, there are a number of choices that you need to make including the type of home you would like to build. Currently, one of the most popular styles of home is a timber frame home.

A timber frame home is very similar to a post and beam home in that you have the advantage of wood and timber features without having an entire home built of logs. Full logs are used as the main structural support for the home. The big difference between post and beam and timber frame is that post and beam logs are round with a more natural and rustic feel where timber frame logs are square. Here are some other benefits of timber frame homes:

Open Concept and Strength

Have you thought about what it would be like to have an open concept home, working in the kitchen while looking through the living area and out into the backyard? A timber frame home can give you this freedom.

The strength of the timbers allows for less load bearing walls and an open floor plan free of obstructions. This type of framing has been used for centuries, especially in older churches, because of its strength and durability as well as its beauty.

Waste and Sustainability

There is generally less waste in using the entire log in a timber frame home than using dimensional lumber for framing a traditional home. Dimensional lumber is generally cut in the forest, hauled to a mill, cut to size, shipped to a distributor then to a local building supply store, and once on the job site will be cut again. Wood used for timber frame homes is typically handled less which means less cost. Once at the site, the logs will be fit to size and some adjustments will be needed, but waste will be minimal.


With a custom built log home you have the option of having your framing logs visible on the outer or the inner walls of your home. The sheer beauty and strength in being surrounded by perfectly placed timbers gives a sense of safety and comfort. Anywhere the timbers are exposed adds character and a design that is unique to every custom timber frame home. You also have more choice in where to place windows and doors with less load bearing walls and an open concept.

If you are considering building a custom log home but want to get away from the traditional full scribe log home, a timber frame may be a great option.

Check out our Timber Frame Plans and Galleries to give you some different ideas and concepts. Don’t be afraid to mix, match and integrate your own personal tastes as well. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us.

Still not sure of the difference between full scribe, post and beam and timber frame? Check out this article.