If you are looking for a design that mixes contemporary design with wood, a timber frame house may be perfect for you.
What is a timber frame home?
A timber frame house is very similar to a post and beam log house. The simplest way to describe a timber frame home where the main horizontal structure is held up by many timber posts. The main difference between a post and beam and a timber frame is the timbers in a timber frame are precisely cut into a square profile where post and beam is a round profile. Usually, timbers are seen on the interior of the home with traditional siding options covering the outside.
Timber frame designs typically have clean lines, symmetry, and strength which allow you to push the boundaries of complex designs and style. We only use the highest quality Douglas-fir and western red cedar available. Our pre-cut timber frame log homes and cabins can be built in a couple of different ways and pack very efficiently into shipping containers, saving our customers time and money.
Advantages of Timber Frame Homes
- Flexible design options, allowing you to mix modern designs with timber.
- Unlike a traditional full scribe log home, there is no settling of the logs which makes maintenance a lot easier.
- Trades can frame, wire and plumb the home similar to a traditional home, saving you money.
- There is less maintenance and upkeep compared to a traditional full scribe log home.
- Option to kiln dry wood beforehand.
- Traditional siding can be used with a timber frame home, allowing you to build in city areas.
- Building a timber frame home can take 2-3 months, with reassembly taking 2-5 days.
How much does a Timber Frame Home Cost?
Compared to a traditional full scribe or post and beam a timber frame package is typically the least expensive of the three because timber frame homes have timbers only in the interior of the home with less exterior timbers exposed. Again cost depends on the complexity, size, design and type of timber used.
To help break it down, here is what a typical timber frame home package would include from Artisan Log Homes & Timber Frame:
- The timber frame structure.
- Reassembly on location.
- Interior stairs and railings.
- Pre-framed exterior wall and roof panels.
- Windows and doors.
- All engineered hardware.
- All hidden gasketing for reassembly.
- Labor for at least 2 of Artisan’s skilled builders to help in the reassembly.
The average cost of a timber frame package will range between $45 per square foot and $75 per square foot.
Depending on the type of timber you decide to use for a post and beam and timber frame it can affect the cost of your build. For a full break down check out our article “How Much Does a Log Home Cost“.