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Why we chose to build a timberframe home

As I mentioned to my intro post, my husband and I are currently in the process of building our first home- a timberframe.

Before we started we spent so much time talking about the process: what we wanted, how we wanted to do it, and how we were going to pull it off. There are so many things to consider when building a home, especially when you’re crazy like us and you do a lot of the work yourself. One thing we agreed upon quickly was that we didn’t want to build a conventional home (or “stick frame”), we wanted it to be old-fashioned and we wanted it to be something that was going to be sturdy and last a long time. We didn’t want to involve a lot of modern decor or fixtures, but still wanted a clean set-up.

Ultimately it came to a choice between a timberframe home and a log home. Both were solid structures like we wanted, and both had that old-world look that we were going for. They both have advantages and disadvantages, and it was certainly a difficult decision. We changed our minds a few times, and decided to leave it alone for awhile and come back to it a few weeks later. Somehow over that time we both seemed to settle on a timberframe, and when we talked about it both agreed that we couldn’t picture it any other way.

There have been many hurdles to building because of the face that we didn’t choose a conventional framing style. In particular plumbing, ventilation, and wiring have been challenging. We have, however, been very fortunate to have a great group of people backing us up on our decision and helping us overcome the challenges.

The timberframe is strong and beautiful. The day they raised the frame was one of the more exciting and awe-inspiring days that we’ve had in our house construction. There was something so magical about seeing those huge timbers forming the shape of our soon to be home.


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