Timber Home Living March April 2011

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Custom Design | A Small Family Canada Timber Home

Custom Design | A Small Family Canada Timber Home
A mix of wood species, an expansive gathering space and smart design choices combine to create a stunning home on the shores of Ontario's Kawartha lakes.



Log Home Show Promoters Join Forces

Home Buyer Publications (HBP) announced today that their Log & Timber Home Shows will be partnering with two other promoters, Solid Wood Promotions and The Log Home Shows, to facilitate better scheduling and marketing of the nation’s premier log and timber consumer events.


Harmony in Color

The colors in your home’s interior should emanate balance and peace. One designer shows you how to make it happen.

Harmony in ColorHarmony in Color
The colors in your home’s interior should emanate balance and peace. One designer shows you how to make it happen.


Nature's Bounty | An Eco-Friendly North Carolina Timber Home

Nature’s Bounty | An Eco-Friendly North Carolina Timber Home
A North Carolina timber-frame home mixes local materials and eco-friendly methods.


Nature's Bounty | An Eco-Friendly North Carolina Timber Home Photos

Nature’s Bounty | An Eco-Friendly North Carolina Timber Home
A North Carolina timber-frame home mixes local materials and eco-friendly methods.



Q & A: How to Convey Your Ideas to Professionals

Q & A: How to Convey Your Ideas to ProfessionalsQ & A: How to Convey Your Ideas to Professionals
You've been planning your timber home for years, but it's hard to convey the ideas you have in your head to the pros who will be creating your home. Here are some tips to help communicate exactly what you want.





Home Stretch

Your home will be built this spring — now what do you need to discuss with your general contractor or builder before the sawdust flies?

Home StretchHome Stretch
Your home will be built this spring — now what do you need to discuss with your general contractor or builder before the sawdust flies?


Who's In Charge?

Who's In Charge?Who's In Charge?
Hiring and working with a general contractor.


Building Blocks | Timber Building Guide

Roof QuestionsBuilding Blocks
Now everything comes together — will you (and your builder) be ready? Our advice can save time, money and, perhaps most important, your sanity.






Breaking New Ground | An Energy-Efficient Michigan Timber Home

Breaking New Ground | An Energy-Efficient Michigan Timber Home
The most attractive thing about this Michigan home isn't its good looks — it's its devotion to protect the land it lies on.



Bridge to the Future | An Old-World Timber Home in Virginia

Bridge to the Future | An Old-World Timber Home in Virginia
Hybrid technology guarantees this Virginia home is both naturally beautiful and energy efficient.


Outdoor Elements | Outdoor Timber Structures

Outdoor Elements | Outdoor Timber Structures
Outdoor structures — gazebos, pergolas, etc. — can enhance your home and your outdoors experience. Here are a few of our favorites.



Updating Tradition | A Wyoming Reclaimed Timber Home

Updating Tradition | A Wyoming Reclaimed Timber Home
Salvaged logs and reclaimed wood transport this Wyoming homestead back in time.



A Family-Friendly Retreat | A North Carolina Reclaimed Timber Home

A Family-Friendly Retreat | A North Carolina Reclaimed Timber Home
Two Florida attorneys create a getaway to share with others using reclaimed timbers from the survivor of a 1779 tragedy.



Take It Outside the Home

Indoor comfort for outdoor rooms.


Lighting: A New Path

Energy-Efficient LightingLighting: A New Path
Traditional incandescent light bulbs are being cycled out, starting in 2012 — are you ready?




A Home for Generations | California Timber Home

A Home for Generations | California Timber Home
This sturdy western California home's design provides ample space and interest for both adults and children to enjoy.



Lakeside Getaway | An Idaho Timber Home

Idaho Timber HomeLakeside Getaway | An Idaho Timber Home
An Alaskan couple builds their retreat in the lower 48 states to be near family and familiar Idaho scenery.


An Automated Abode | A Colorado Timber Home

Colorado Timber HomeAn Automated Abode | A Colorado Timber Home
A Rocky Mountains timber-frame home gets a modern upgrade through smart-home technology.


European Influences | Montana Timber Home

Montana Timber Home European Influences | Montana Timber Home
Adopting the Montana foothills as their new home, the couple surprises East Coast visitors with their Tudor-style lodge.





North Carolina Timber Home Photos

North Carolina Timber HomeA Love of the Land | North Carolina Timber Home
A North Carolina homeowner designs a home around old-growth hemlock trees and rhododendrons.



Colorado Timber Barn Photos

Colorado Timber HomePlay Station | Colorado Timber Barn
A Colorado barn becomes a haven for family, friends—and lots of fun.


Play Station | Colorado Timber Barn

Colorado Timber HomePlay Station | Colorado Timber Barn
A Colorado barn becomes a haven for family, friends—and lots of fun.



Going With a Pro

Going With a ProGoing With a Pro
Architect or designer—how do you choose?



Functional Furnishings

Game RoomsFunctional Furnishings
One of the newest trends in storage is actually a throwback to previous storage solutions: furniture that doubles as an organizer.


Memory Maker | Montana Timber Home Photos

Montana Timber HomeMemory Maker | Montana Timber Home
A Montana couple spends 20 years getting their home just so.


Memory Maker | Montana Timber Home

Montana Timber HomeMemory Maker | Montana Timber Home
A Montana couple spends 20 years getting their home just so.



Ohio Timber Home Photos

Ohio Timber HomeLakeside Landmark | Ohio Timber Home
An Ohio home stands out by keeping a low profile


Lakeside Landmark | Ohio Timber Home

Ohio Timber HomeLakeside Landmark | Ohio Timber Home
An Ohio home stands out by keeping a low profile



Home Grown | British Columbia Timber Home

British Columbia Timber HomeHome Grown | British Columbia Timber Home
A British Columbia couple uses local materials and new friends to construct a dream home.





The Simple Life | An Idaho Timber Home

An Idaho Timber HomeThe Simple Life | An Idaho Timber Home
An Idaho couple builds a timber retreat dedicated to rest and relaxation.



A Lesson in Efficiency | Colorado Timber Home

Colorado Timber HomeA Lesson in Efficiency | Colorado Timber Home
Family, pets and placement all play a part in the creation of one well-designed Colorado home.



The Lifestyle Home | Home Design

Montana Timber HomeThe Lifestyle Home | Home Design
We asked two timber-home design teams to create two different plans to match lifestyle requests from consumers. The results are nothing short of gorgeous.



A Hand in Beauty | Washington Timber Home

Washington Timber HomeA Hand in Beauty | Washington Timber Home
A Washington State couple finishes a home themselves, saving money and offering a world of satisfaction.


Mission Accomplished | Savvy Shopper

Savvy ShopperMission Accomplished | Savvy Shopper
Clean lines and warm hues characterize this simplistic style.


Using Decorative Wood

Natural accents can jazz up your home


By request: Architects helping create unique innovations

As the design of custom wood homes become more intricate, services and solutions by architects have become more innovative


Material Gain

How hybrids can combine the best of all worlds


6 steps to planning the ultimate kitchen

Bigger is better in today's kitchen, including ... well darn near anything


Barn Home Q&A: Advice from the experts

We asked the major barn-home producers for the answers to common questions on barn homes


Hardwood flooring Q&A

Self-authored piece from The Hardwood Council extols the virtues of hardwood flooring and gives maintenance tips


Tips from Custom Wood Homes magazine: Building Green

Author is an expert on energy-efficient construction


Getting started on windows

Tips, tricks and tactics to get the windows your home needs


HOOKED ON LOGS

Photos by Hatch-Cloos Photography
• Courtesy of Alpine Log Homes

Different photos ran in the magazine.



Views, openness and covered outdoor space enlarge a Colorado cabin


10 cutting-edge interior design ideas

10 Cutting-Edge Interior Design Ideas
Here are the latest trends to create a green and fashionable interior.


Feng Shui: The art of placement

Custom Wood Homes magazine looks into the origin of Feng Shui design and its applications today


Windows Q&A

Here are questions to ask yourself and tips to consider when it comes time to select your windows


Planned to Perfection

Forethought is the key to optimal long-term landscaping


Building with Energy Efficient Products | Make Your Home Green with These Eco Friendly Products

Achieve your "green" house goals with the most energy-efficient products and building materials.


Top 10 tips for first-time home buyers

Newlyweds helped build their own affordable timber-frame home; here's how


6 unique ideas in flooring

The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated found these interesting new options in flooring


COTTAGE LIFE

Timber frame home proves less is more


MOUNTAIN GETAWAY

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

More photos ran in the issue.



Arizona home lures buyers looking for nature's beauty


FAMILY AFFAIR

Generations enjoy an Ohio homestead


BACK AT RUBY RANCH

Custom mountain home takes the Old World out West


HAPPY MEDIUM

A hybrid strikes the right balance between rugged and refined


Bottoms Up: Expert basement advice

Timber Homes Illustrated asked a basement expert what you need to know


DO IT HERSELF

Washington woman builds a dream cottage on the water


GOING WITH THE FLOW

Mountain home built at the water's edge


SECOND CHANCE

A mothballed timber frame finally makes its debut


DRAWING ON MEMORY

A youthful reminiscence guides a dream design


A MODEL LIFE

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

Different photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine, which is SOLD OUT.



When a couple decided to retire to the Wisconsin woods, a model home provided the right amount of inspiration


DEEPLY ROOTED

A Missouri family preserves its country heritage


A VIEW FOR THE TAKING

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

More photos ran in the magazine.



A Montana hybrid home with a lodge feel features unparalleled views


FROM RURAL ROOTS

A sophisticated dream home takes its cue from the humble barn


STATEMENT HOME

Photos by Hilliard Photographics



What started as a remodeling project turned into a one-of-a-kind custom wood project in Colorado


Timber Homes Basics

Considering a new home and not sure if timber is for you? Here's what you need to know.


SWEET START

Newlyweds build their own timber-frame home


5 Eco Friendly Design Tips | Design a Home That's Good for the Planet and Good for Your Budget

Want a home that's good for your budget and good for the planet? Then read on for our top 5 tips for eco-friendly designs:


Landscaping Tips To Prepare Your Lawn For Winter

Landscaping tips to prepare your lawn for winter.


Custom doors: Making an entrance

Your front door can make a lasting first impression


5 Essential Log Home Building Tips From a Pro

Veteran log-home builder, Jim Cooper, passes along 5 pearls of wisdom every new homeowner should know.


In Good Company | Building a Log Home with Someone Else

Two like-minded couples come together to create a classic log home with a contemporary twist.


Hybrid Log Home | Merge Into One | A Rustic Hybrid Cabin

A homeowner expands his Pennsylvania home by using materials and designs that flawlessly integrate into his hybrid log home.


Don't invite bears to dinner

Book helps you live in harmony with bears


DOUBLE VISION

Couple creates two dream homes at once


Anatomy of a hybrid home

Custom Wood Homes magazine pictured and examined this example of a typically fabulous hybrid home


NATURAL APPEAL

Photos by James Ray Spahn
• Styling by Colleen Macomber


More photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine



A Colorado home along the banks of a trout stream takes on a European lodge feel


Greenest of the green homes

Doctor-entrepreneur puts together a green home to demonstrate it can be done


How To: Select Unusual Evergreen Trees for your Landscaping Needs

These poor evergreens rarely get the press they deserve. Think outside the cone and try one of these creative and unusually shaped trees in your landscape.


WEST MEETS EAST

Photos courtesy of Roy Dimond



The cityscape of Vancouver provides Eastern inspiration to a log home


THE MODERN TRADITION

A northern Wisconsin hybrid home mixes materials to create a new 19th century home


A CHANGE IN PLANS

A family designs a new life by accident


Shower Power

Here are some of the latest options in showers


TAKING THE HYBRID APPROACH

A Wisconsin home blends logs, timber and shake for a cutting-edge look in log homes


Spring Landscaping Trends for Log Homes

The editors of Horticulture magazine give us 10 must-know trends


SIMPLE BEAUTY

Photos by Hearthstone and Rick Donhauser

Different photos ran in the magazine



The art of Japanese styled custom wood homes


EASTERN VISION

Photos by Joe Hilliard

Different photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine



On a mountain ridge in North Carolina is a home that would look comfortable in the Land of the Rising Sun


ARTFULLY INSPIRED

Photos by Roger Wade
Courtesy of Alpine Log Homes

Different photos ran in the magazine



A cowboy painting triggers grand Western architecture and furnishings in a Montana home


Timber homes offer lighting opportunities

Options offer challenges and opportunities when your home has soaring ceilings


SOUTHERN BEAUTY

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

More photos and the floor plan ran in the magazine.

Click here to subscribe and receive the next issue.


 

In the trillium development of Cashiers, North Carolina, a one-of-a-kind home blends the exotic with the practical to capture the unique vision of the homeowners


Planning the ultimate master suite

A master bedroom isn't just a bedroom anymore


THE ARCHITECT'S DREAM

An array of unique riverside structures in New York represents an architect's custom-wood legacy


Building a Timber Frame Home: A Consumer's Guide

The purpose of this Consumer's Guide is to provide you with a basic understanding of the process of planning, designing and building a timber frame home. As in any custom-built house, your timber frame home will require your input and will ultimately reflect your personal preferences and requirements.


HUTKER WINS AWARD FOR VERMONT TIMBER FRAMES HOME

Log & Timber Homes Network Exclusive

Submitted by Vermont Timber Frames

Photos by Brian Vanden Brink


A TIMELY MANOR

Photos by Tim Buchman for Dienst Custom Homes

Different photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine. Order it here and click here to subscribe.



In the Queen City, an award-winning home bridges cultures and styles


10 tips for displaying your collection

Log and timber homes offer unique opportunities for displays


HYBRID GETAWAY

Photos by Roger Wade--Styling by Debra Grahl

Floor plans ran in the magazine

Get a special subscription offer here


What Are Natural Element and Hybrid Log Homes?

You may hear about "natural element," "hybrid" or "mixed-materials" homes. Here's what that means.


LIVING THE (HY)BRID LIFE

More photos ran in the magazine

Subscribe with a special offer here

Photos by James Ray Spahn •
Styling by Colleen Macomber


Additional photography by KCJ Photography



A Midwestern hybrid home sports a mixture of materials


Bedroom planning and decorating tips

Country's Best Log Homes asked the experts and compiled these top tips


Davis Frame building 'green' manufacturing plant

New Hampshire company will attain LEED status


ON MOUNTAIN TIME

Leaving the corporate commute behind


Work in Progress: EcoNest building step-by-step

Follow along as an organic home is built from the ground up


THAT FEMININE TOUCH

Idaho home radiates warmth and elegance


Work In Progress: Putting together a SIP building

Insulspan lets Timber Homes Illustrated readers see inside the factory


Plaster offers modern options, classic look

Many kinds of plaster are now available to use on your log or timber interior


Work in Progress: Barn restoration

Timber Homes Illustrated pictures a barn restoration by New Jersey Barn Co.


Keys to buying raw land

Site selection is as important as choosing your cabin



The 23 coolest amenities money can buy

Pick out an extravagance or two and turn your future home into a dream home


HIGH LIFE

Mountain getaway becomes family home


Designing for Life

New Hampshire architect offers expert advice


BIG SKY MEETS THE BIG APPLE

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

Different photos ran in the magazine



A contemporary barn lives large


Warming trends

A hearth expert shares his years of knowledge


What is a SIP? The basics

SIPS.org provides this detail about what goes into make a SIP


LET IT BE

Colorado couple leaves the rat race behind


The Allure of Age

Reclaimed wood makes for a historically beautiful floor


10 ways to make your home office work

Modern designs and creative advances can help you design the perfect work space for your particular situation


WORTH THE WAIT

Wisconsin homeowners create a dreamy master suite


BY DESIGN

A studio reveals timber framing's potential


IN THE MEADOW

A rural property is the perfect setting for a classic timber frame


CUSTOM REMODELING

Photos by James Ray Spahn
• Styling by Colleen Macomber

More photos and the floor plan ran in the magazine.

Click here to subscribe and receive the next issue.



Revamping an old plan


Reclaimed timbers

Discovering and reusing wood with ties to the past


What makes timber framing sustainable?

Hugh Lofting's expert explains what is 'green' about timber-frame building


How to avoid the pitfalls of private road ownership

Many log and timber-frame homes have private access. You need to know what you're getting into.


Woodhouse SmartWood line described

Company says timber frames now affordable for the 'average buyer'


Fall and spring roofing maintenance tips

The NRCA offers these starter points for inspecting your roof and avoiding serious problems


10 ways to create a lively loft

Lofts in today's log and timber homes can have multiple uses


LAND LOVERS

Photos by Roger Wade • Debra Grahl

Different photos ran in the magazine.



An Idaho couple escapes to an idyllic setting


The first 5 steps of creating your floor plan

The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated offer these helpful hints to start zeroing in on your floor plan


Decorating: 10 ways to bring the outdoors in

Timber Homes Illustrated helps you continue your wood home's natural-looking them inside


The Ins and Outs of SIPs

Construction method for many timber-frame homes offers extreme energy efficiency


Is geothermal right for your new home?

If conditions allow, your heating and cooling can come from Mother Earth


Trends in kitchen cabinets

The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated take you beyond doors and drawers


Fireplace options

Choices abound when it comes time to plan that massive great room centerpiece


10 tips for going green

Timber Homes Illustrated offers these ideas if you want to minimize your 'footprint'


FAMILY FRIENDLY

Building a spacious home on a budget


Universal design is more than one-level living

When done correctly, universal design for the mobility-challenged can be invisible and effective


Landscaping on a budget

The editor of Horticulture magazine gives us four ideas that can help you save money


Wood of Ages

Reclaimed timber makes for high-character flooring


COMBINED EFFORT

How do you design a custom wood home to meet the specific requests of a husband and wife?


From the top: Your roofing choices

Timber Homes Illustrated summarizes your options to top off your home


Organic Architecture

Bold new green designs grace a home in Chile


COTTAGE LIFE

Timber frame home proves less is more


5 Eco Friendly Design Tips | Design a Home That's Good for the Planet and Good for Your Budget

Want a home that's good for your budget and good for the planet? Then read on for our top 5 tips for eco-friendly designs:


6 Tips for Working with Contractors

6 Tips for Working with Contractors
Developing a positive relationship with your contractor is a key to keeping headaches to a minimum.


Decorating: 10 ways to bring the outdoors in

Timber Homes Illustrated helps you continue your wood home's natural-looking them inside


Custom doors: Making an entrance

Your front door can make a lasting first impression


How To: Select Unusual Evergreen Trees for your Landscaping Needs

These poor evergreens rarely get the press they deserve. Think outside the cone and try one of these creative and unusually shaped trees in your landscape.


HYBRID GETAWAY

Photos by Roger Wade--Styling by Debra Grahl

Floor plans ran in the magazine

Get a special subscription offer here


SOUTHERN BEAUTY

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

More photos and the floor plan ran in the magazine.

Click here to subscribe and receive the next issue.


 

In the trillium development of Cashiers, North Carolina, a one-of-a-kind home blends the exotic with the practical to capture the unique vision of the homeowners


Hybrid Log Home | Merge Into One | A Rustic Hybrid Cabin

A homeowner expands his Pennsylvania home by using materials and designs that flawlessly integrate into his hybrid log home.


In Good Company | Building a Log Home with Someone Else

Two like-minded couples come together to create a classic log home with a contemporary twist.


Don't invite bears to dinner

Book helps you live in harmony with bears


The Allure of Age

Reclaimed wood makes for a historically beautiful floor


Keys to buying raw land

Site selection is as important as choosing your cabin


From the top: Your roofing choices

Timber Homes Illustrated summarizes your options to top off your home


Organic Architecture

Bold new green designs grace a home in Chile


BY DESIGN

A studio reveals timber framing's potential


IN THE MEADOW

A rural property is the perfect setting for a classic timber frame


By request: Architects helping create unique innovations

As the design of custom wood homes become more intricate, services and solutions by architects have become more innovative


Anatomy of a hybrid home

Custom Wood Homes magazine pictured and examined this example of a typically fabulous hybrid home


Work in Progress: Barn restoration

Timber Homes Illustrated pictures a barn restoration by New Jersey Barn Co.


Fall and spring roofing maintenance tips

The NRCA offers these starter points for inspecting your roof and avoiding serious problems


10 ways to create a lively loft

Lofts in today's log and timber homes can have multiple uses


HUTKER WINS AWARD FOR VERMONT TIMBER FRAMES HOME

Log & Timber Homes Network Exclusive

Submitted by Vermont Timber Frames

Photos by Brian Vanden Brink


Plaster offers modern options, classic look

Many kinds of plaster are now available to use on your log or timber interior


THE MODERN TRADITION

A northern Wisconsin hybrid home mixes materials to create a new 19th century home


Spring Landscaping Trends for Log Homes

The editors of Horticulture magazine give us 10 must-know trends


Timber homes offer lighting opportunities

Options offer challenges and opportunities when your home has soaring ceilings


The Ins and Outs of SIPs

Construction method for many timber-frame homes offers extreme energy efficiency


BIG SKY MEETS THE BIG APPLE

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

Different photos ran in the magazine



A contemporary barn lives large


WEST MEETS EAST

Photos courtesy of Roy Dimond



The cityscape of Vancouver provides Eastern inspiration to a log home


Fireplace options

Choices abound when it comes time to plan that massive great room centerpiece


Planning the ultimate master suite

A master bedroom isn't just a bedroom anymore


DRAWING ON MEMORY

A youthful reminiscence guides a dream design


SIMPLE BEAUTY

Photos by Hearthstone and Rick Donhauser

Different photos ran in the magazine



The art of Japanese styled custom wood homes


COMBINED EFFORT

How do you design a custom wood home to meet the specific requests of a husband and wife?


Landscaping on a budget

The editor of Horticulture magazine gives us four ideas that can help you save money


FROM RURAL ROOTS

A sophisticated dream home takes its cue from the humble barn


A CHANGE IN PLANS

A family designs a new life by accident


EASTERN VISION

Photos by Joe Hilliard

Different photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine



On a mountain ridge in North Carolina is a home that would look comfortable in the Land of the Rising Sun


ARTFULLY INSPIRED

Photos by Roger Wade
Courtesy of Alpine Log Homes

Different photos ran in the magazine



A cowboy painting triggers grand Western architecture and furnishings in a Montana home


Work in Progress: EcoNest building step-by-step

Follow along as an organic home is built from the ground up


Work In Progress: Putting together a SIP building

Insulspan lets Timber Homes Illustrated readers see inside the factory


A TIMELY MANOR

Photos by Tim Buchman for Dienst Custom Homes

Different photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine. Order it here and click here to subscribe.



In the Queen City, an award-winning home bridges cultures and styles


SECOND CHANCE

A mothballed timber frame finally makes its debut


Wood of Ages

Reclaimed timber makes for high-character flooring



DEEPLY ROOTED

A Missouri family preserves its country heritage


The Truth About Being Your Own General Contractor | 3 Essential Tips

The Truth About Being Your Own General Contractor | 3 Essential Tips
Thinking about acting as the general contractor for your own homebuilding project? Here are a few things to consider before you dive in.


Timber Homes Basics

Considering a new home and not sure if timber is for you? Here's what you need to know.


DOUBLE VISION

Couple creates two dream homes at once


Top 10 tips for first-time home buyers

Newlyweds helped build their own affordable timber-frame home; here's how


THAT FEMININE TOUCH

Idaho home radiates warmth and elegance


DO IT HERSELF

Washington woman builds a dream cottage on the water


HOOKED ON LOGS

Photos by Hatch-Cloos Photography
• Courtesy of Alpine Log Homes

Different photos ran in the magazine.



Views, openness and covered outdoor space enlarge a Colorado cabin


Universal design is more than one-level living

When done correctly, universal design for the mobility-challenged can be invisible and effective


GOING WITH THE FLOW

Mountain home built at the water's edge


THE ARCHITECT'S DREAM

An array of unique riverside structures in New York represents an architect's custom-wood legacy


Bottoms Up: Expert basement advice

Timber Homes Illustrated asked a basement expert what you need to know


HAPPY MEDIUM

A hybrid strikes the right balance between rugged and refined


FAMILY AFFAIR

Generations enjoy an Ohio homestead


The 23 coolest amenities money can buy

Pick out an extravagance or two and turn your future home into a dream home


The first 5 steps of creating your floor plan

The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated offer these helpful hints to start zeroing in on your floor plan


Feng Shui: The art of placement

Custom Wood Homes magazine looks into the origin of Feng Shui design and its applications today


What makes timber framing sustainable?

Hugh Lofting's expert explains what is 'green' about timber-frame building


STATEMENT HOME

Photos by Hilliard Photographics



What started as a remodeling project turned into a one-of-a-kind custom wood project in Colorado


A VIEW FOR THE TAKING

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

More photos ran in the magazine.



A Montana hybrid home with a lodge feel features unparalleled views


A MODEL LIFE

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

Different photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine, which is SOLD OUT.



When a couple decided to retire to the Wisconsin woods, a model home provided the right amount of inspiration


ON MOUNTAIN TIME

Leaving the corporate commute behind


NATURAL APPEAL

Photos by James Ray Spahn
• Styling by Colleen Macomber


More photos and a floor plan ran in the magazine



A Colorado home along the banks of a trout stream takes on a European lodge feel


Building a Timber Frame Home: A Consumer's Guide

The purpose of this Consumer's Guide is to provide you with a basic understanding of the process of planning, designing and building a timber frame home. As in any custom-built house, your timber frame home will require your input and will ultimately reflect your personal preferences and requirements.


Is geothermal right for your new home?

If conditions allow, your heating and cooling can come from Mother Earth


Trends in kitchen cabinets

The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated take you beyond doors and drawers


10 tips for going green

Timber Homes Illustrated offers these ideas if you want to minimize your 'footprint'


BACK AT RUBY RANCH

Custom mountain home takes the Old World out West


MOUNTAIN GETAWAY

Photos by Roger Wade • Styling by Debra Grahl

More photos ran in the issue.



Arizona home lures buyers looking for nature's beauty


Bedroom planning and decorating tips

Country's Best Log Homes asked the experts and compiled these top tips


SWEET START

Newlyweds build their own timber-frame home


Warming trends

A hearth expert shares his years of knowledge


TAKING THE HYBRID APPROACH

A Wisconsin home blends logs, timber and shake for a cutting-edge look in log homes


10 tips for displaying your collection

Log and timber homes offer unique opportunities for displays


HIGH LIFE

Mountain getaway becomes family home


LET IT BE

Colorado couple leaves the rat race behind


Using Decorative Wood

Natural accents can jazz up your home


Reclaimed timbers

Discovering and reusing wood with ties to the past


FAMILY FRIENDLY

Building a spacious home on a budget


LIVING THE (HY)BRID LIFE

More photos ran in the magazine

Subscribe with a special offer here

Photos by James Ray Spahn •
Styling by Colleen Macomber


Additional photography by KCJ Photography



A Midwestern hybrid home sports a mixture of materials


Greenest of the green homes

Doctor-entrepreneur puts together a green home to demonstrate it can be done


10 cutting-edge interior design ideas

Here are the latest trends to create a green and fashionable interior


What is a SIP? The basics

SIPS.org provides this detail about what goes into make a SIP


5 Essential Log Home Building Tips From a Pro

Veteran log-home builder, Jim Cooper, passes along 5 pearls of wisdom every new homeowner should know.


What Are Natural Element and Hybrid Log Homes?

You may hear about "natural element," "hybrid" or "mixed-materials" homes. Here's what that means.


Landscaping Tips To Prepare Your Lawn For Winter

Landscaping tips to prepare your lawn for winter.


CUSTOM REMODELING

Photos by James Ray Spahn
• Styling by Colleen Macomber

More photos and the floor plan ran in the magazine.

Click here to subscribe and receive the next issue.



Revamping an old plan


Getting started on windows

Tips, tricks and tactics to get the windows your home needs


WORTH THE WAIT

Wisconsin homeowners create a dreamy master suite


10 ways to make your home office work

Modern designs and creative advances can help you design the perfect work space for your particular situation


Material Gain

How hybrids can combine the best of all worlds


Designing for life

New Hampshire architect offers expert advice


6 unique ideas in flooring

The editors of Timber Homes Illustrated found these interesting new options in flooring


Davis Frame building 'green' manufacturing plant

New Hampshire company will attain LEED status


Barn Home Q&A: Advice from the experts

We asked the major barn-home producers for the answers to common questions on barn homes


Hardwood flooring Q&A

Self-authored piece from The Hardwood Council extols the virtues of hardwood flooring and gives maintenance tips


How to avoid the pitfalls of private road ownership

Many log and timber-frame homes have private access. You need to know what you're getting into.


6 steps to planning the ultimate kitchen

Bigger is better in today's kitchen, including ... well darn near anything


Woodhouse SmartWood line described

Company says timber frames now affordable for the 'average buyer'


Planned to Perfection

Forethought is the key to optimal long-term landscaping


Shower Power

Here are some of the latest options in showers


Building with Energy Efficient Products | Make Your Home Green with These Eco Friendly Products

Achieve your "green" house goals with the most energy-efficient products and building materials.


Tips from Custom Wood Homes magazine: Building Green

Author is an expert on energy-efficient construction


LAND LOVERS

Photos by Roger Wade • Debra Grahl

Different photos ran in the magazine.



An Idaho couple escapes to an idyllic setting


Windows Q&A

Here are questions to ask yourself and tips to consider when it comes time to select your windows





Brown and Baby Blue | Savvy Shopper

Savvy ShopperBrown and Baby Blue | Savvy Shopper
Dress your home in our favorite color combination: brown and baby blue.



Our Favorite Small Homes

Colorado Timber HomeOur Favorite Small Homes
Charming, smart and abundantly livable, check out our picks for some of the best small homes we've seen over the past few years.


True Heritage | A Swan Mountain Range Timber Home Tour

Swan Mountain Range Timber HomeTrue Heritage | A Swan Mountain Range Timber Home Tour
Reduce, reuse, recycle. It's the triumvirate of sustainability, and this "old" timber barn built from the reclaimed wood of older structures performs a green hat trick.


It's All Fun and Games | Game Rooms

Game RoomsIt's All Fun and Games | Game Rooms
When well designed and outfitted to a T, your game room is sure to be your home's ace in the hole.


Trendy Timbers | Timber Home Construction Trends

Timber Home Construction TrendsTrendy Timbers | Timber Home Construction Trends
You'd think a traditional building method like timber-home construction would stay fairly static through the years—but nothing could be further from the truth. Here's what's hot (and what's not) in timber framing right now.




Easy Elegance | A Timber Home in Montana

Montana Timber HomeEasy Elegance | A Timber Home in Montana
A move to Montana reveals the value of teamwork as an industrious couple builds a home that thoughtfully blends comfort and sophistication.


Myth Busters | Green Energy True and False

Green Energy True and FalseMyth Busters | Green Energy True and False
We set the record straight on four of the biggest misconceptions of going green.


Night Lights

Night LightsNight Lights
Light up your landscape with gorgeous outdoor fixtures.



Sunny Side Up | New Mexico Timber Home

Colorado Timber HomeSunny Side Up | New Mexico Timber Home
Smart design and material choices make this New Mexico timber home a passive-solar powerhouse.




The High Life | Fire Tower Photos

Fire Tower PhotosThe High Life | Fire Tower Photos
A city-dwelling family escapes their concrete confines for something wild—a fire tower in western Montana.


Kitchen & Bath Trends

Kitchens and Bath TrendsKitchen & Bath Trends
Quick Picks for Kitchen & Bath This Spring


Bathrooms | Savvy Shopper

Savvy ShopperBathrooms | Savvy Shopper
Spruce up your bathroom for Spring


What Does It Cost?

CostWhat Does It Cost?
Your homebuilding budget may have shrunk in the past 12 months. But you can still get the home you want while spending less.


Elements of Calm | Stress Free

Stress FreeElements of Calm | Stress Free
The last thing you need is a house that causes stress. Here are 10 ways to create zones of serenity that are both practical and aesthetically perfect.


Details, Details | Kitchens - Before and After

Kitchens - Before and AfterDetails, Details | Kitchens - Before and After
We use a little publishing magic to showcase kitchen details that truly make the hub of your home stylish and functional.


It's a Wash | Laundry Rooms

Laundry RoomsIt's a Wash | Laundry Rooms
Make a clean break from mundane laundry rooms—we've got loads of ideas to get you started.


Special Spaces | Personal Places Within Your Timber Home

Personal Places Within Your Timber HomeSpecial Spaces | Personal Places Within Your Timber Home
From quiet corners to hobby hangouts, consider adding a few extra personal places when designing your new home.



Small Wonder | Colorado Timber Home

Colorado Timber HomeSmall Wonder | Colorado Timber Home
Just as when people built timber homes two centuries ago, available materials helped determine the look of this Colorado beauty.


Small & Fabulous | Space Planning

Space PlanningSmall & Fabulous | Space Planning
Want to squeeze more space out of your small floor plan without adding a single square foot? We'll show you how—no sleight of hand required.


A Zen Den | Sleep in Peace

Sleep in PeaceA Zen Den | Sleep in Peace
Lull yourself into sweet dreams with these secrets to a serene sleep space.



Helping Hands | New England Timber Home

New England Timber HomeHelping Hands | New England Timber Home
A New England couple lends a hand in building their Nordic nest in Maine's ski country.


Dining in | Dining Room Furniture

FireplacesDining in | Dining Room Furniture
Whether your kitchen wish list contains all the latest gadgets or just the essentials, chances are there's one feature that tops your list—a space for dining.


Get Stoked | Fireplaces

FireplacesGet Stoked | Fireplaces
Bye-bye brick and stone. Freestanding hearth products are all the rage in timber home design.



The Simple Life | Blue Ridge Mountains' Timber Home

Blue Ridge Mountains' Timber HomeThe Simple Life | Blue Ridge Mountains' Timber Home
A wonderful getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains provides breathtaking views and a relaxed lifestyle.



A Room for All Seasons | Outdoor Rooms

Kitchen Home OfficesA Room for All Seasons | Outdoor Rooms
Want to make sure your outdoor room gets used even after the temperature drops? Then start planning now—we highlight the most important things to consider when creating an all-weather space.


Home Office Hotspot | Kitchen Home Offices

Kitchen Home OfficesHome Office Hotspot | Kitchen Home Offices
As the kitchen expands its role as the family headquarters, add a dash of office space into its design.



Hands-on Home | Kentucky Timber Home

Montana Timber Home Hands-on Home | Kentucky Timber Home
How one Kentucky woman took "do-it-yourself" to a whole new level


Floor Plan Fever

Floor Plan FeverFloor Plan Fever
The hottest concepts in timber home design


Floral Fever | Savvy Shopper

Savvy ShopperFloral Fever | Savvy Shopper
Beautiful accessories for your home are in full bloom this spring.



The Not-So-Big Room | Make Small Rooms seem Bigger

A Massachusetts Timber Home The Not-So-Big Room | Make Small Rooms seem Bigger
Pump up the space in your home with 10 tips that will make even the tiniest room feel large and in charge.


Island Fever | Kitchen Islands

Kitchen IslandsIsland Fever | Kitchen Islands
Have you caught it yet? It's the kitchen-design element most timber home owners can't live without—and we have some amazing ideas.



Call to Cowboy Country | A Timber Home with Cowboy Style

A Timber Home with Cowboy StyleCall to Cowboy Country | A Timber Home with Cowboy Style
When the Rocky Mountains and a timber home lifestyle beckon, it's impossible to resist.


Lofty Aspirations

Lofty AspirationsLofty Aspirations
A timber home necessity, your loft is more than just a perch from which to appreciate the impressive view—it's also a blank canvas for your creativity.


8 Easy Ways to Add Timber Style to Your Home

8 Easy Ways to Add Timber Style to Your Home8 Easy Ways to Add Timber Style to Your Home
Remodeling your existing home with a great room, sunroom or addition is easier than you think.



Nature First | A Massachusetts Timber Home

A Massachusetts Timber Home Nature First | A Massachusetts Timber Home
With a bucolic Massachusetts backdrop and plenty of artistic inspiration, a home becomes a sanctuary for the soul. A wall of windows on the rear of the home allows the sun to bathe interior spaces in light and offers lush views.


How to: Design a Floor Plan

How to: Design a Floor PlanHow to: Design a Floor Plan
There are architects and there are designers—here's how to know the difference.


What Does a Timber Home Cost?

What Does a Timber Home Cost?What Does a Timber Home Cost?
No doubt about it—timber homes are stunners. But if you're serious about owning one, there's likely one big unanswered question rolling around in your head: How much will it cost to build compared to a conventional house?



The Modern Edge | A Minnesota Timber Home

A Timber Mountain MasterpieceThe Modern Edge | A Minnesota Timber Home
A Minnesota home puts a contemporary spin on a classic building form.





A New View | A Timber Mountain Masterpiece

A Timber Mountain MasterpieceA New View | A Timber Mountain Masterpiece
Colorado homeowners redesign and renovate an old ranch house with modern materials to create a mountain masterpiece.


Know the Lingo | Timber Terms Defined

Timber Terms DefinedKnow the Lingo | Timber Terms Defined
"What the heck is a truss?" you ask. We translate some of the basic terms you're bound to hear during the building process.


Pick a Pro | Choosing a Designer

Choosing a DesignerPick a Pro | Choosing a Designer
There are architects and there are designers—here's how to know the difference.


Hot Foot | Radiant Floor Heating

Flooring GuideHot Foot | Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant-floor heating has legions of fans, mostly for its energy efficiency. Before you buy, learn the basics.



Raise the Bar | Savvy Shopper

Savvy ShopperRaise the Bar | Savvy Shopper
Spirited finds for this year's holiday season


Build a Green Home | Eco-Friendly Design

Roof QuestionsBuild a Green Home | Eco-Friendly Design
9 ways to tread a little lighter on the earth and save money while you're at it.


Flooring Guide: How to Buy Right | Ground Rules

Flooring GuideFlooring Guide: How to Buy Right | Ground Rules
Looking for new underfoot options? Check out the facts in our guide to flooring.



A LEED-Certified Timber Home | Tight & Bright

LEED-Certified timber home exteriorA LEED-Certified Timber Home | Tight & Bright
An environmentally friendly Michigan home is short on waste and long on beauty and comfort.







Design It Right | Designing the Perfect Timber Home Plan

Design It RightDesign It Right
Almost all timber companies keep a catalog of stock floor plans that their customers can peruse as they’re shopping for their dream homes. But did you know that 99.9 percent of those plans are completely customizable? From small changes like moving interior walls or incorporating dormers to major alterations such as adding or eliminating entire rooms, a so-called "stock plan" should really be viewed as a mere jumping-off point.




Mountain Timber Home | Perfect Mountain Getaway

Mountain timber home exteriorMountain Timber Home | Perfect Mountain Getaway
When a couple goes back to the drawing board to rethink the design of their vacation retreat, a dream is finally built.


Western Decor for Timber Homes | Savvy Shopper

Savvy ShopperWestern Decor for Timber Homes | Savvy Shopper
Outstanding Western-themed buys for the bedroom, bath and great room


Lighting Gallery

Timber home lighting designLighting Gallery
6 images we've plucked from recent issues of Timber Home Living that will provide lots of lighting inspiration


Kitchen Design for Every Taste

Timber home kitchen designKitchen Design for Every Taste
Few rooms serve up as much style as the kitchen, and we showcase a range of amazing looks!



Fabled Country Timber Home | Mixing Old & New

timber home exteriorFabled Country Timber Home | Mixing Old & New
New England's rich tradition of barn building influences the design of a modern classic.











Choosing A Roof For Your Timber Home

Roof QuestionsChoosing A Roof For Your Timber Home
We get the skinny on metal roofs from Dennis Johnson, owner of Bridger Steel.


Your Top 15 Timber Home Questions Answered

Your Top 15 Timber Home QuestionsYour Top 15 Timber Home Questions Answered
No doubt you’ve got questions about timber homes: building them, designing them, living in them. Thankfully, we have answers.



A Gorgeous Lakefront Timber Home | On The Waterfront

timber home exteriorA Gorgeous Lakefront Timber Home | On The Waterfront
A Toronto couple builds a charming timber home getaway on the shores of Lake Muskoka.


Hot Springs, Arkansas: Natural Beauty And Peace In Zip Code 71901

art from stones timber home decorHot Springs, Arkansas: Natural Beauty And Peace In Zip Code 71901
Whether you're basking in natural beauty or soothing yourself in thermal waters, a sense of peace is easy to come by in Hot Springs, Arkansas.






Timber Frame Barn | A Rustic Barn on the Outside, a Soho-Style Loft on the Inside

summer timber home decorTimber Frame Barn | "The Phoenix Barn"
After a devastating fire destroys a much-adored barn-home, a group of visionaries builds anew and accomplishes the unforgettable.


Summer Decor for Timber Homes | Savvy Shopper

summer timber home decorTimber Home Summer Decor Picks
What's new in the world of timber home decor? Read on to find our Savvy Shopper's favorite picks!


5 Steps to Finishing a Cozy Timber Home | Timber Home Finishing Tips

Finishing a Timber Home5 Steps to Finishing a Timber Home
Once you’ve designed the perfect cozy timber home, here are some hints on how to finish it off in a welcoming way.


5 Steps to Implementing the Kitchen Work Triangle in Your Timber Home

Creating an Outdoor Kitchen5 Steps to a Kitchen Work Triangle
Creating a smart work environment in your kitchen is crucial to your kitchen's overall efficiency and effectiveness. These 5 steps help you get it right.




Timber Home Window Gallery | Photos of Creative Windows in Timber Homes

timber home windows10 Unforgettable Timber Home Windows
Windows-and the light they usher in-often make the house. Enjoy these photos of our favorite timber home window options.



The 4 Rules of Finding Eco Friendly Decor for Your Home

viva terra  stoolThe 4 Rules of Eco Friendly Decor
Choosing decor that's as gorgeous as it is good for the planet has never been easier.


7 Tips for Planning Timber Homes | Advice for the Timber Home Planning Process

timber home in the woods7 Tips for Planning Timber Homes
Most dream homes are prefaced with a nightmare of preparation work (like most summer BBQ's, actually). Face the planning process without fear with these 7 tips.


A Touch of Glass | Unique, Handmade Stained-Glass Art

flower stained-glassHandmade, Stained-Glass Art
Self-taught stained-glass artist Robert Oddy is breaking new ground in the medium by teaching others his unique technique.






Traditional Timber Frame Home | Matter of Time | Harmony Timberworks

traditional timber frame, timber homeTraditional Timber Frame Home | "Matter of Time"
Something old becomes something new when longtime Carolinians build a traditional timber home to replace their beloved summerhouse.


Timber Home Door Guide | Find Doors for Your Timber Home's Interior, Rear or Garage

doors for timber homesDoors for Timber Homes | A Guide
Bring on the style with our favorite doors for every part of your timber home.


Tiles by Nature | Ceramic Artist Crafts Tiles Using Traditional Japanese Method

japanese ceramic tiles, artJapanese-Inspired Ceramic Tile Art
A ceramic artist crafts nature-inspired tiles using a traditional Japanese method.








A Timber Home with Japanese Architecture | East Meets West | South County Post & Beam

A Timber Home with Eastern InfluenceEastern Timber Home | "East Meets West"
Japanese architecture influences a serene timber home tucked into the woodlands of Rhode Island.


4 Hallmarks of a Casual Timber Home | Is Your Timber Home Casual and Comfortable?

4 Hallmarks of a Casual Timber Home
A home should be a place where you can kick back and relax. Create a space that eschews tradition for serious livability with our expert tips.


Using Natural Materials in Timber Homes | Primer on Designing with Stone

Natural StonesDesigning with Natural Stone Elements
Looking for a material that will strike a chord with your timber home's style? Get ready to rock!


Creating a Timber Home Floor Plan that Flows | Designing a Seamless Floor Plan

Flowing Floor PlansCreating a Seamless Floor Plan
A primer on the subtle art and science of designing a timber home plan that flows seamlessly from one space to the next.


4 Things You Must Know About Hardwood Flooring | Hardwood Floors for Timber Homes

Antique Barn Wood4 Facts About Hardwood Flooring
Don't make any decisions about hardwood flooring for your timber home without reading these 4 expert tips.


Designing an Outdoor Kitchen for a Timber Home | Outdoor Kitchen Design

Creating an Outdoor KitchenDesigning an Outdoor Kitchen
Follow these smart ideas to create a truly tasty outdoor kitchen for your timber home.


Creating the Perfect Eat-In Kitchen | Designing Dining Space in Timber Homes

Creating the Perfect Dining SpaceCreating the Perfect Dining Space
Whether your kitchen wish list contains all the latest gadgets or just the essentials, chances are there’s one feature that tops your list — a space for dining.







Canadian Timber Home | Detail Oriented | Designed by Rodney Deeprose Inc.

Tour this Canadian Timber HomeA Canadian Timber Home | "Detail Oriented"
A Canadian home proves that the smallest touches make the biggest impact.


5 Floor Plans that Flow | Timber Home Plans with Seamless Design

Floor Plans Designed with Flow5 Timber Home Plans that Flow
Check out five of our favorite floor plans that flow, and see the reasons why they work.











Timber Home Decor Ideas | Add Comfort to your Timber Home

Timber Home Decor IdeasDecor Ideas | Savvy Shopper | May/June 2008
Make your timber home a lap of luxury with these made-for-comfortable-living timber home decor ideas.





Find a Timber Home Company | Ask These 9 Questions to Find the Perfect Timber Home Company

Find the Perfect Timber Home CompanyFind the Perfect Timber Home Company
Use these 9 questions to interview representatives from any timber home company you're thinking about building a home with.


Timber Home Planning Ideas | 5 Questions to Help Plan a Timber Home

5 Questions to Help Plan a Timber Home5 Questions to Help Plan a Timber Home
Before you build the timber home of your dreams, there are many things to consider. Get your timber home planning started with these 5 questions to ask (and answer!)


Building a Timber Home | 8 Steps to Ensure a Smooth Timber Home-Building Process

8 Steps to Building a Timber Home8 Steps to a Smooth Timber Home-Building Process
The planning is done. The design is finalized. The timber package is ordered. Now it's time for you (or at least your builder) to get your hands dirty.


Save Money by Downsizing Your Timber Home in 3 Steps | Timber Home Living

3 Steps to Downsizing Your Timber Home3 Steps to Downsizing Your Timber Home
Good things come in small packages - even when it comes to your timber home. Here are three steps to downsizing your space so you can get more for the money.


Timber Home Design Tips | 12 Simple Tweaks to a Better Dream Timber Home

12 Steps to a Better Timber Home12 Steps to a Better Timber Home
Polish off your timber home design with these 12 tips aimed at taking your timber frame home from good to great.


Find the Perfect Timber Home Plan in 10 Simple Steps | Timber Home Living

Designing a Timber Home Plan10 Steps to the Perfect Floor Plan
So just how does a floorplan come into being? A methodical approach works best. Follow our 10-step plan to the perfect design.


Interior Style Guide | Stylish Timber Home Staircases | Timber Home Living

Timber Home StaircasesInterior Design Guide | Stylish Staircases
The first step to a stylish staircase begins with interesting design. Here, we showcase 5 of our favorite timber home staircase styles.


Customizing a Timber Frame Home | Interview with Architect Jeremy Bonin

Customizing a Timber HomeInterview: Building a Custom Timber Home
Creating a masterpiece involves more than handing over your ideas to a design team; it requires a little homework and lots of collaboration.


How to Maximize Space in Your Timber Home Plan

Maximizing Space in a Timber HomeHow To: Maximize Space in your Floor Plan
Are you already dreaming of family holidays and friend-filled dinner parties in your new timber home? Here’s how to make sure your floor plan has the capacity to handle your guests.



Hooked on Rugs | Canadian Artisan Martina Lesar Kumer Creates Vintage-Inspired, Hand-Hooked Rugs

Hand-Hooked RugsArtisan Showcase: Hand-Hooked Rugs
Drawing on a longtime love of textiles, Canadian artisan Martina Lesar-Kumer creates unique, vintage-inspired, hand-hooked rugs. Read her story here.







PineRidge Timberframe Home Tour | Nature's Valley | Timber Home Living

PineRidge Timberframe | Home TourTimber Home Tour | "Nature's Valley"
A gorgeous Wisconsin timber home overlooks two stunning valleys in the state’s Driftless region.







Contemporary Timber Home Tour | Destined for Greatness | Timber Home Living

Contemporary Timber HomeTimber Home Tour | "Destined for Greatness"
Careful planning, paired with a few well-timed coincidences, helped one couple create a serene and contemporary Colorado home.






A Mountain Timber Home Tour | Season's Greetings | Timber Home Living

Mountain Timber HomeTimber Home of the Month | "Season's Greetings"
A change of scenery and a timber home stunner lie at the heart of this Montana getaway.








Timber Home of the Month | All Remains True | Timber Home Living

Timber Home TourTimber Home of the Month | "All Remains True"
After a fire devastates their 18th-century home, a Long Valley couple builds anew and maintains the historic character of their original house.


Designing a Guest-Friendly Home | Timber Home Design Ideas

Timber Home Design Ideas10 Design Ideas | For Guest-Friendly Homes
Looking for design ideas for rooms that will be used to host a crowd? Get inspired by checking out our 10 tips for a roomy space.









3rd Annual Timber Home Living Floorplan Design Contest

3rd Annual Floorplan Design Contest3rd Annual Floorplan Design Contest
Check out the 7 timber home plans that won Timber Home Living's 3rd Annual Floorplan Design Contest.







Decor Ideas | Savvy Shopper | Decor for Timber Homes

decor ideasDecor Ideas | Savvy Shopper | March/April 2008
Some of the best timber home decor is on display in this issue's Savvy Shopper.




Country Kitchen Photo Gallery | Timber Home Living

country kitchensTop 10 Timber Home Country Kitchens
View this gallery of the best examples of timber home country kitchens.







A "Reclaimed" Timber Home | "Rustic Renewal"

reclaimed timber homeTimber Home Tour | "Rustic Renewal"
A stunning home in Colorado breathes new life into reclaimed timbers














Decor Quiz | What Decor Style is Right for your Timber Home?

antique quilted blanketFind Your Style | Decor Quiz
Those uninitiated to the timber-home lifestyle might think the word "rustic" describes just one type of decor—but by now, you've probably discovered that this one little word can encompass anything from an Old West lodge to a country cabin. Take our quiz to find out which version of rustic suits you best.







Timber Home of the Month | "Cozy Quarters" | Timber Home Living

timber frame homeTimber Home of the Month | "Cozy Quarters"
An award-winning timber frame provides one Michigan family with a comfortable home they can sink right into.




Stock to Custom Floorplans | Modifying Your Home's Plans

timber home planCustomizing Timber Home Plans
You may know you want a timber home, but you're not exactly sure if you'd like to use a stock floorplan provided by your selected timber home company. Here's how two homeowners took a stock floorplan and customized to make it better suite their needs.


Timber Home Packages | What's in a Timber Frame Home Kit?

timber home packageWhat's in a Timber Frame Home Package?
If you’re trying to get a handle on what you’ll get when you buy a timber home package, start with this sample timber home kit package list.


Planning Your Floorplan | Guide for Determining Your Floorplan

planning home plansFloorplan Wish List | Home Plan Guidelines
Rank your priorities—and create the perfect floorplan—with this handy checklist.


Buying Land | A Guide for Finding Perfect Land

buying land onlineLand Buying Checklist | Guide for Finding Land
Does your prospective home site have the right stuff? How will the land affect your home’s design? Use this checklist as your guide to buying the perfect piece of land.


Pre-Qualification Worksheet | Estimate How Much You're Qualified to Borrow

cash for home mortgageAre Your Prequalified for a Mortgage Loan?
Answer the questions on this worksheet to determine if you are pre-qualified for a mortgage loan.



Timber Frame Home News: Plywood Mills Earn Certification 11/27/2007

Timber Frame Home News: Two Timber Products Hardwood Plywood Mills Earn FSC Certification. New designation gives customers more sustainable choices













Free Desktop Backgrounds | Timber Home Living

downloadable desktop backgroundsDownloadable Desktop Backgrounds
Put the beautiful craftsmanship and timelessness of timber frame homes on display year-round with these free downloadable desktop backgrounds.


Kitchen Island Accessories | Organize your Workspace

kitchen storage solutionsKitchen Storage Solutions
Use these product and accessory ideas to keep you (and your kitchen) efficient and organized.


Tour this Timber Frame Home | Mountain Art | Timber Home Living

Mountain Timber Frame HomeTimber Frame Home Tour | "Mountain Art"
High in the Rockies' San Juan Range, a home proves to be just as gorgeous as the art gracing its walls. Enjoy the timber frame images and printable home plans.


Tour the Timber Frame Home of the Month | It Takes Two | Timber Home Living

Mountain Timber Frame HomeTimber Home of the Month | "It Takes Two"
A talented couple combines their homebuilding experience to create a striking house in the mountains of Colorado. Enjoy this inspiring story and the inspiring timber frame home images that go along with it!














Timber Home Living's Home of the Year

An imaginative homeowner brings a splash of Normandy to Ontario in Timber Home Living's Home of the Year.









Savvy Shopper | Decor Ideas | Timber Home Living

decor ideasDecor Ideas | Savvy Shopper | November 2007
See what's turning our heads this month as we unveil some of the best furniture and home products on the market.



Decor Ideas | Savvy Shopper | October 2007

decor ideasDecor Ideas | Savvy Shopper | October 2007
Browse our decor ideas to find inspiration for decorating your timber frame home.


Savvy Shopper - September 2007

Russell & Mackenna product September - 2007 | View our Savvy Shopper's decor picks for your timber frame home.




































































Savvy Shopper - August 2007

Lamp August - 2007 | View our Savvy Shopper's decor picks for your timber frame home.










Found Money

Plan in the MakingWhat's the foremost must-have luxury for your great room? An oversized, buttery-soft leather sofa you can sink into. With that showpiece in place, the rest of the room comes together with details such as classic Tiffany lamps, a personalized fireplace screen and an Old World armoire to conceal newfangled gadgets.


Information Lenders Need

Information Lenders NeedDon't underestimate the value of providing potential lenders with detailed information about yourself and your home-building project when you first approach them for a loan. The bank will want to know exactly what you're going to build, how much it will cost, how long it will take, who will do various portions of the work and something about your ability to get the job done, on time and within budget. That information will allow the bank to appraise the value of your home and determine how much they will lend you to build it.


Mountain Modern

Plan in the MakingJack Fisher believes you can go home again. The Atlanta-based developer scoffs at author Thomas Wolfe’s famous mantra when he considers the home and community he built amid the old forests and ridges of North Carolina’s Grassland Mountain. “I grew up in the area,” Jack says of the gorgeous setting just minutes from Asheville, “and my mother and sister still live nearby. We’ve been in the area for three generations.”


Design Inspiration

Design InspirationOh, they sound so boring: structural insulated panels, or SIPs, the computer-designed-and-cut building material for walls, floors and roofs that can both structurally support and insulate your timber home.



Old Wood, New Life


Old Wood, New Life:
Reclaimed timber isn't cheap, but it offers a world of charm and uses in your new home. Here's how to find it and gauge its quality.


Build Now, Pay Later

Build Now, Pay Later It's a common situation: You don't want to wait 'til retirement to enjoy that log cabin in the mountains, but you can't comfortably carry two full mortgages. Or maybe the kids' tuition is draining your bank account. It may seem as if building your dream home is just that - a dream.


Living Color

living COLORColor is a magical elixir that can transform a plain room, warm up a cold space or turn a tired area into an exciting, personal oasis. Here are eight great strategies to infuse your home with color.


Guiding Light

Guiding LightHow you light your interior spaces can make or break your log home’s overall feel. But with so many options to choose from, finding the right light can be an overwhelming task, leaving home owners in the dark when it comes to choosing the right fixture, selecting the level of illumination and knowing how to install it.



5 Essential Questions...

5 Essential Questions...5 essential questions you should ask (and answer) before you plan the timber home of your dreams.


10 Decorating Dilemmas Solved

10 Decorating Dilemmas SolvedIf you are having troubles putting the finishing touches on your log home, you're not alone. We asked design professionals to help tackle some of the most common decorating dilemmas, including problems specific to log home owners.


Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future

It's a commonly held belief among timber frame enthusiasts that timber framing is much more than just building a house or a barn. It's an art form—one that not only can be enjoyed the way one enjoys the "Mona Lisa" or Michelangelo's "David," but also can become an integral part of a person's life—a place to call "home."


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