Designing Your Perfect Timber Frame House

When purchasing timber frame homes they are generally built according to the specifications of the buyer. If you are considering having one built for you there are some things to consider that would make it perfect.

Look at your lifestyle

Consider your family members, such as adults and children, or adults only and how you like to live. Do you prefer a casual or formal, relaxed or hectic life style and if you like to entertain a lot or will have family or guests spending time at the home. All of these things will help you develop the floor plan for the perfect timber frame house for you and your family.

Size things up

Although bigger is not always better it will cost more. Look at different floor plans and choose the one that is perfect for your family without a lot of wasted-pace you will not need but will pay for. Some of the popular elements of this type of home include large windows, gabled or hipped roofs, massive trusses, window seats, and domers. Figure how many rooms you will need and organize them into how you will use each one. Draw a rough sketch of where you would like to have the private rooms such as the bathroom and bedrooms and then communal rooms like the living area and kitchen. You also need to decide how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need.

Learn to compromise

It is very essential that you learn how to balance quality, budget, and size. The reality is that you cannot always get everything you want your timber frame house to have unless you have unlimited resources. Make cuts that work for your lifestyle. This can include minimizing special features, cutting down on the square footage, or even reducing quality but you have to be careful here. Some things that you should not cut back in quality on are the doors and windows.

Look at where you are going to build your timber house

Before you decide on building a timber frame house, take notes of the challenges and advantages of the site where the house is to be built including the geography, climate, wind and sun exposures, sounds, and views. Determine how these various factors will affect each room of your new home. Once this is done you may have to make adjustments on your plans.

Choose your style

Having your timber frame house built according to the design you have in mind and roughly sketched you can have it virtually built in any style. Make sure that you know what style you want before you start to build. Also, vision how you want the exterior and interior. Know what you want because once the building process starts you cannot change the style.

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