Riverbend Timber Frame Floor Plans
Instead of searching for a perfect match, browse our floor plan gallery for a starting point. All of our plans are customizable, so everything can be modified. After you browse through our portfolio, we hope that you entrust Riverbend with the custom design of your timber home.
No matter if you want to modify an existing plan or start from scratch, the design process works the same way - there is no additional fee.
BARN Style Timber Home Designs
Perhaps no architectural style is more identifiable with a timber frame home than a barn. The tradition of timber framing spread from east coast barns to mid-west farm homes and eventually to the ranches of the West. We have put a collection of barn and ranch style floor plan concepts together below. See which of these design ideas inspire your custom timber home plan.
BARN Style Characteristics
- Traditional Barn Gambrel Roofs
- Cupolas and Clerestory Windows
- Wrap-Around Porches
- Vertical Siding
- Big, Open Interiors
MOUNTAIN Style Timber Home Designs
Whether you choose to build in a place like the Canadian Rockies or amongst rolling hills such as the Appalachian range, a mountain style floor plan can take advantage of views and mimic the landscape. Sloped mountain side lots often provide the opportunity for walk-out basements, which are easy to incorporate into our architectural designs. Below we present floor plan concepts as they might look in various mountain landscapes.
MOUNTAIN Style Characteristics
- Deep Roof Overhangs
- Prominent Exterior Timber Framing
- Large Prow Windows
- Stone Accents
- Large Outdoor Living Areas
TRADITIONAL Style Timber Home Designs
A timber frame home doesn’t have to stand out from the architectural style of the rest of your neighborhood. You may prefer a more traditional exterior that blends into a suburban setting, but that doesn’t mean it will lack character. Timber framed entries and gable peaked dormers are just a few traits that your traditional timber style home might adopt. Browse some of the examples below.
TRADITIONAL Style Characteristics
- Inviting Entryways
- Attached Garages
- Smaller Windows
- Less Complex Roof Lines
- Symmetrical Gable Dormers
WATERFRONT Style Timber Home Designs
For many, the dream of owning a timber frame home begins with a floor plan that will complement their lake, beach or river front property. Below are some floor plan concepts that might be great starts for building on your waterfront. Review this selection of floor plan ideas to discover elements that we can incorporate into your custom timber frame home.
WATERFRONT Style Characteristics
- Great Views of the Water
- Extended Outdoor Living Spaces
- Fits Well with the Architecture of the Area
- Deeper Overhangs to Reduce Sun Glare
- Easily Modified to Flow with a Sloped Lot
COTTAGE Style Timber Home Designs
The word cottage could evoke a range of visual ideas, from fairy book homes deep in the forest to quaint saltbox designs with weathered wood siding. We have assembled a variety of cottage style design concepts below. See if any of these catch your eye and work with our design team to create your own timber frame cottage.
COTTAGE Style Characteristics
- Smaller Footprints
- Window Shutters
- Condensed Outdoor Spaces
- Saltbox Designs
- Cozy Interiors
FRENCH COUNTRY Style Timber Home Designs
The rich history of timber framing includes old-world designs in France, England and Italy. Many of these architectural characteristics remain popular today. You may choose to base your entire home on the French Country style or simply incorporate some of your favorite features, like curved timber or stone accents. Review the plans in this gallery to find inspiration.
FRENCH COUNTRY Style Characteristics
- Elliptical or Arched Windows
- Hipped Roofs
- Narrow Overhangs
- Stone Accents
- Steeper Roof Pitches
Floor Plans for VACATIONS
Your ideal vacation home may be a cute cottage that serves as home base after a day of skiing or boating. Or you might be looking for a larger retreat that all your friends and family can enjoy together. As you consider layout ideas for your timber frame vacation home, review these floor plans below and see if any of them could act as the starting point for your design. These are just a few of our plans that might inspire you.
Popular Layout Features for VACATIONS
- Plenty of Rooms for Guests
- Open Living Areas
- Extended Outside Living Spaces
- Storage for Toys and Provisions
- Secluded Master Suites
- Recreational or Game Rooms
Floor Plans for RETIREMENT
If you are looking for a plan that will accommodate your retirement years, either now or in the future, there are certain characteristics you may require. The plans selected below showcase many of the layout features that people look for in homes later in life. We can easily modify existing plans to match your unique needs or design a home from scratch. These are only a few of our plans that might work for you.
Popular Layout Features for RETIREMENT
- Single Level Layouts
- ADA Accessible Hallways and Doorways
- Formal Dining Areas for Holidays
- Easy-to-Maintain Outdoor Spaces
- Master on the Main Level
- Smaller-Sized Layouts
Floor Plans for ENTERTAINING
You may not be building a home specifically for entertaining, but if your timber home dream includes sharing your space with family and friends, here are some plans with layouts that can accommodate your lifestyle. Many of the ideas found in the plans below can be incorporated into our other design concepts or a custom plan we create together.
Popular Layout Features for ENTERTAINING
- Multiple Eating Areas
- Open Living Rooms
- Large Pantries or Butler’s Pantry
- Formal Entryways
- Built-in Bars
- Rooms that Flow to Outdoor Living Spaces
Floor Plans for COTTAGE LIFE
Whether you call it a cottage, cabin or retreat, the idea of building a cozy timber frame house is the dream of many. A cozy layout can come in a variety of architectural styles, so we invite you to browse the plans below to get ideas for how your floor plan might look and we can work with you to match that with the exterior style you prefer.
Popular Layout Features for COTTAGE LIFE
- Smaller, Cozy Layouts
- Lofts for Multipurpose
- Cute Exteriors
- Open Kitchens
- Patios and Decks
Floor Plans for LARGE FAMILIES
If yours is a large family, bedrooms, baths and common areas are going to be an important part of your layout needs. We have compiled a group of plans that showcase how we might approach the design of your custom floor plan. Most of our other plans can also be modified to add rooms or extra square footage as needed.
Popular Layout Features for LARGE FAMILIES
- Extra Bedrooms
- Specially Configured Bathrooms
- Bunk Rooms (in 2nd Homes)
- Multiple Living Areas
- Multiple Outdoor Living Spaces
- Large Dining Rooms
Floor Plans for OUTDOOR LIVING
Many people who plan to build a custom timber frame home have a location in mind that will grant them access to beautiful views, lakeside shores or winter wonderlands. If your idea of the perfect floor plan is one that helps you enjoy your environment to the fullest, then check out the features found in some of our plans below. Keep in mind that you can incorporate many of these ideas into any of our floor plan concepts.
Popular Layout Features for OUTDOOR LIVING
- Lots of Deck Space
- Storage for Toys
- Large Window Groupings
- Multiple Access Points to Outdoors
- Sunrooms or Screened-in Porches
A modern approach to traditional barn style architecture, the Barlow showcases both a sloping roof-line and a gambrel barn-shaped roof on the opposite elevation. Visit the Barlow page to see both rendered.
Designed to blend into neighborhoods or more traditional style subdivisions. This classic Tudor look is achieved through faux half-timber accents complimented by true timber frame trusses and stucco.
This layout reduces the total footprint of the home by eliminating most of the vaulted spaces, giving more total area and larger individual rooms.
Inspired by Northeastern bank barn renovations, the Ellington mixes the best of traditional barn style architecture with modern conveniences. The spacious garage is conveniently located in the basement.
The exterior of this impressive design immediately evokes the cottage style. The Foxwood is memorable for its curved dormer window, tall roof pitches and a mix of wood sidings and detailed timber frame accents.
Inspired by traditional New England architecture, the Portsmouth design concept looks as though it could have stood for a hundred years. Work with us to design a home with a similar style.
This cottage layout is divided into three distinct areas. The main living space is open and separated from the master suite by the staircase. Upstairs, two extra bedrooms share a uniquely designed bathroom.
This design has many of the characteristics of a traditional farmhouse, including a screened-in porch and a single ridge roof line. A continuous dormer on the 2nd floor incorporates old-style banded windows.
The Appalachian version of mountain style architecture has lower pitched roofs, and is spread out more like the Hamilton floor plan concept. While deck space is designed in, a large screen porch is a great fit for the South.
There are lots of great spaces in this floor plan layout, including a reading nook in the loft, a dining area designed for bench seating and screened-in porch with its own fireplace.
Many vacation homeowners wish they had more room for guests. While the master suite is secluded on the main level of the Mountain View, three more bedrooms and a bonus room are all located upstairs.
As this concept’s name indicates, it was conceived to capture views. The view elevation includes a large window grouping and patio. The exterior design uses a mixture of stone, siding and timber frame trusses.
The prow design of the Mayson's great room is so named because of its resemblance to a ship. A wall of glass is divided by the stone chimney that flows from basement to rooftop.
One of the best-loved traits of a mountain style home is a prow window with its amazing views, as illustrated in the Mayson. Interest is also created from the entry elevation with timber frame trusses.
Depending on your needs, the Mayson's layout is very flexible and can easily grow or shrink in size. The exterior elevations provide multiple entrances and opportunities to capture views.
Large windows in the prow of the great room let amazing views in. The upper deck is accessible from multiple locations and the lower patio flows from the family room in the basement.
The Applewood showcases how design elements prominent in ranch-style timber homes can add character to any plan. Such as the covered wrap-around porch and extended dormer window grouping.
The Applewood design concept has the ability to capture views from any side of the design, from either high atop a hill or in the valley below looking up.
Entertaining is easy in this open layout that includes a formal entryway with large coat closet. The dining room flows into the great room and each has its own access to the wrap-around deck.
A porch wraps around the entire house, with access from multiple rooms. Glass doors and clerestory windows help add natural light and views to the interior vaulted spaces.
While the size of this cute design may seem more than cozy, an easy reconfiguration can eliminate the basement and result in a more cottage-like 1,900 square foot single level layout.
1,920 sq.ft. (w/o basement)
This plan could become a single level if the den is converted into a second bedroom and the mudroom becomes the laundry room. Reducing the total size to around 2,000 sq.ft.
A cozy main level remains open and inviting, while the master suite is secluded. The basement of this floor plan adds extra bedrooms and a recreational area for enjoying weekends and vacations.
This traditional single-level plan is far from ordinary. Timber trusses are tucked under extended eaves, while the covered entryway is wide and full of light from the square windows that surround the door.
An expansive deck runs along the back of the house which also includes a sun room and greenhouse. The over-sized garage has space for a boat or other toys.
This single level layout features a master plus a guest suite. A sun room provides access to the outdoors in a controlled environment and an attached greenhouse reduces the need to toil in the garden.
This subtle design uses window groupings and a covered front porch to add curb appeal. A two-car garage is joined by an off-set third bay for extra space.
The central kitchen is an obvious gathering place, while the cozy great room includes a fireplace and lots of light from clerestory windows above. A screened-in porch adds charm off of the dining room.
Hipped roof styles can add a unique look to any home, as it does here on the Hickory Lakes floor plan concept. Window shutters and curved accents also add to the French Country appeal.
Large families mean someone is almost always hungry. This layout showcases a large pantry, kitchen with a breakfast bar, a nook with bench seating and a formal dining room.
Guests can gather on the front patio, outside the dining room, or head through the great room to the fire pit on the rear patio. The kitchen has it’s own space but is easily accessible.
This stepped design could be altered into a single level. There are also elements of the plan which can be reduced in size to create a smaller layout.
The stepped design of the Bar Harbor floor plan can flow with the gentle slope of a waterfront property. This concept also incorporates multiple outdoor areas.
This plan could inspire your beach front bungalow. Take in the ocean from the private balcony, hit the beach from the double doors near the patio, or wake up to amazing views from your master suite.
The Bridgewater is an example of a saltbox style cottage. A popular theme for timber frame designs, the open interiors feel larger than their square footage might indicate.
The loft can be used for an office, TV room or extra sleeping space. For an even smaller layout, reduce the size of the great room and choose a smaller island in the kitchen.
The great room of the Sonoma Hills plan has a great vantage point for admiring the landscape, and the deep, timber framed overhang provides shelter for outside activities.
Two bedrooms upstairs each have their own bathroom and are separated by a loft. A forth bedroom is accessible over the garage and could be great for in-laws or older children.
For retirees who need plenty of space, the Sonoma Hills features two extra bedrooms and a loft upstairs, plus a guest sweet above the garage. A formal dining room gives you plenty of space for holiday meals.
Subtle French Country elements add charm to this timber frame floor plan. Curved elements, stone accents and steep roof peaks were subtly added to the concept.
The covered deck on the main level has a built-in fireplace to keep you warm. The two spare bedrooms have their own deck space, while a large patio is located on the walk-out basement level.
Designed with entertaining in mind, the entry opens up to a see-through fireplace with great room behind. There is a formal dining area and a family room next to the kitchen for informal gatherings.
This floor plan can accommodate large groups, all at the same time. The Carolina Retreat includes five bedrooms, multiple shared living areas and a spacious recreational room in the basement.
The Palo Verde is an example of how timber framing can add to the appeal of Southwestern architecture. Features include stucco walls, a terra cotta roof, courtyard and balcony space.
Typical of what you might find on the coastline of England or France, this version of our Greenbrier concept showcases steep roofs, stone accents and stucco.
This version of the Greenbrier exterior showcases some of the many style characteristics of a cottage inspired design. Curved elements, window shutters and a compact footprint are just a few.
An exterior designed to mimic traditional European cottages, hints at the cozy spaces in this layout. The family can all come together for a meal in the dining room, or gather in the warm living room.
The Lyon design concept incorporates many of the traditional French Country themes, from stone facades and steep roofs to window shutters and ornate ironwork.
This layout shows how you can create spaces for everyone. Mom and Dad can relax on their patio, school projects get done in the nook, while a book is read in the library and games played in the loft.
The main structure of this design concept includes small square window groupings and central open area framed in timber. The detached garage mimics a barn shape and has vertical siding.
Late morning coffee on the side porch, or interacting with the entire family while you cook a meal - the layout for the Asheville floor plan showcases lots of ideas for weekend living.
This open layout features few hallways and could be reduced in size by removing the office and reconfiguring the master suite. Multiple covered porches provide easily accessible outdoor spaces.
The Lancaster showcases some of the hallmark traits of a barn style home. These include the clerestory cupola that stretches atop the main living space, vertical wood siding and a gambrel-shaped structure.
Four bedrooms with three full baths and a powder room were drawn into the Lancaster floor plan. Room for a large dining table, the living room, family room, office and loft provide private space for everyone.
A formal gallery guides guests past the dining room into the living room. In contrast, the family room promotes a more relaxed atmosphere with a breakfast bar facing the kitchen, and a large pantry adjacent.
Tall roof peaks, rounded windows and wood siding help bring a cottage feel to one of our most popular timber home design concepts.
The Cattail Lodge concept was designed so that a walk-out basement could be added for a garage, extra rooms or an entertainment space below. A screened-in porch is perfect for mountain areas with lots of critters.
This plan features a main-level master, with guest rooms upstairs. A screened-in porch provides an easy-to-maintain outdoor living space.
In addition to the spacious rear deck, the screened-in porch on the side makes it possible to enjoy the outdoors almost all year round.
This sprawling ranch style design features the majority of exposed timber frame in the central core of the living area. Covered porches accentuate the look.
The center of this layout features a large living room with plenty of room for everyone. Smaller, more intimate groups can gather in the great room which flows from the dining area and kitchen.
Single level design which can be reduced in size by removing areas like the den and extra great room,if a smaller layout is preferred.
This flexible plan shows three bedrooms with a shared full bath between the two upstairs rooms. A bonus space above the garage and an area for an additional bath can give you even more rooms.
This floor plan includes an over-sized pantry with room for a second refrigerator. The kitchen opens to the dining area with a breakfast bar. Guests can access the expansive deck or a cozy screened-in porch.
Oversized windows, deep overhangs and outdoor access from multiple areas are good starting points for designing your lakeside floor plan. Perhaps the Melody Lane will inspire your custom design.
The timber framed entry, along with a mixture of claddings that includes shake shingles, gives the design an inviting look.
Master is on the main level, which has an open layout with limited hallways. The second level has a small loft and two guest bedrooms.
A covered patio welcomes you into the open layout, with a great set-up between the kitchen and dining area. If you are looking for less square feet, the great room could be reduced, and the fireplace removed.
Visitors to a home based on the Oak Grove floor plan concept are welcomed under a covered timber frame entry, located in the center of the design.
The foyer provides a dedicated area to greet people, while the majority of the main level is an open living space with a fireplace in the middle. The master and other bedrooms are upstairs and out of the way.
This design features a sprawling design from the garage to the great room. While all of the bedrooms are drawn on the second floor, it would be easy to move the master suite to the main level where the office is.
Curved windows and a single ridge line help define the Turnwood Cottage floor plan concept. The timber frame entryway provides extra charm to the exterior.
Three good-sized bedrooms are packed into this adorable cottage, that offers an open shared area for the kitchen, dining table and living room.
Sometimes all you need is a simple retreat with a nice open space for everyone to gather when they are not out enjoying nature. The Turnwood Cottage is an example of one way to meet those needs.
The Manitou Shores echoes the architecture of Victorian beach homes. Turrets, decks at multiple levels and an abundance of windows give this floor plan concept its unique look.
Hexagonal rooms help take advantage of multiple view corridors while three available levels of decks and patios give you access to the outdoors.
The main level of the Manitou Shores is open and full of light. A large pantry helps keep your second house stocked with supplies, while a bonus room over the garage provides extra space for guests.
Many people are drawn to the Tecumseh design because of the covered porch which is tucked into the front of the home. Matching gable dormers help brake up the long roof line.
The Hyannis showcases how a design can easily flow on a sloped lot overlooking a body of water. Multiple covered decks are tiered with each level, giving house guests plenty of options for outdoor access.
This unique layout creates distinct spaces for each of the four bedrooms. The two bedrooms upstairs are separated by a jack and jill bathroom with dual sinks. A quiet den and large pantry are also included.
Views are captured from plentiful windows located on all levels. A sunroom acts as the formal dining room with windows on three sides. The garage includes extra storage for toys or gear.
Although the size of the Cotswold may exceed a typical cottage, the cozy interiors and simplistic single ridge-line have a unique flare that can be incorporated into your design.
Lower ceilings create a more intimate feeling inside this floor plan. The kitchen is large enough for a small group to gather while extra rooms like the study and studio allow family to find their own space.
Gables add character to this residential design which includes a separated two-car garage that is connected via the laundry room. Timber accents are located in the main gables and hold up the front porch.
For the family that likes to cook together, the kitchen has plenty of space and flows into a large dining area. The study on the second floor provides a great space for homework or friends to visit.
This design concept offers lots of ideas for creating your custom home. From the indoor hot tub area, to the screened in porch and large study, the Gladstone is worth checking out.
If you are looking for special spaces that will fulfill your dream home ideals, the Lexington includes a spacious master suite with private sitting area and office space, as well as a large mudroom area and chef's kitchen.
The Kamakura is an example Riverbend's ability to customize a design to fit the specific needs of our clients. This concept is based on a client's home and features full wrap-around decks and a central gathering space.
This design was created as a concept for lake home living. The main level is open through the center with bedrooms on each side and a large deck. The basement is ideal for recreation and extra sleeping space.
Dormer windows with multi-plane roofs are a key focus of this concept. The addition of slopes at the end of the roof pitch are also a distinct element of this European architectural style.
The design process is the same whether you choose to start from one of our existing concepts or start from scratch. We would love the opportunity to work with you to create your ideal timber home.