Timber Home Living March April 2011

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Planning a Timber Home

All the advice you need to get started on planning your timber home. Practical advice, knowledge and things you maybe didn't think of from the editors of Timber Home Living magazine.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Kitchen & Bath Trends

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


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.


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 & 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 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.


Floor Plan Fever

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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!




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!)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.



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.


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.


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