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Questions to Ask Before You Begin

For centuries, people have chosen timber framing as their preferred building style because of its traditional beauty, durability, and overall visual impact. If you are planning to build, you might know from day one that you want to have a timber frame home, but how do you go about finding the right company to bring this ideal home to life? Here are a few questions to ask potential timber frame providers before you embark on your home building journey.

1.       Will the timber frame company customize their designs?

The look and feel of a home’s interior timbers depends heavily on the overall design. Many companies will offer portfolios of their standard plans to browse through. See if not only changes to the layout can be made, but also the design’s timber framing. For instance, a kit company that offers little to no customization may provide a cost-effective solution with a shorter time frame, but it can sacrifice a lot of creativity and personalization for the home’s design and timber framing.

2.       How will you acquire your design?

If you already have an architect for your project, this will not be a big issue. However, if you are looking for design services along with your timber frame, you will want to see if the company you are speaking with will provide you with a draftsman or degreed architect. The level of design and customization you want will often determine which one of these services you will require.

3.       Do they provide SIP paneling or other Energy Efficient options?

What energy efficient options does this timber frame company offer? Do they provide Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), or does their system work with standard fiberglass or blow-in insulation. Consider the level of importance you wish to put on the energy efficiency of your home and make sure your requirements can be met by the company you are speaking with.

4.       How will they manufacture your timbers?

There are really only two options for manufacturing timbers; through handcrafting, or modern-day technology like CNC machines. While both options bring positive qualities to the building process, handcrafted timbers can increase costs and time lines, so consider these factors when making your choice.

5.       Will they raise your timber frame on your site?

Many timber frame companies offer the option of raising your timber frame on your site along with their manufacturing services. However, there are also companies that will just deliver the package to the site. By discussing what services your timber frame company provides, you will be better prepared for any scenario upon delivery.

6.       Who will build your home?

Will the timber frame company you choose be building your home, or will their services end once your timbers are delivered or installed? Will they offer you access to their network of builders or help you find a qualified builder to take over? Make sure you know the extent of your timber frame company’s services and whether or not they have a network of qualified builders.