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Timber Trusses Help Define the Space

Feb 22, 2019

Growing up, you likely heard it’s “what is on the inside” that matters most. Or maybe it was the more, colloquial version, “Never judge a book by its cover.” Regardless of which one sounds more familiar to you, timber frame home owners and craftsman alike embrace these truisms every day. This is because, (beautiful exteriors […]

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Timber Framing History Part III

Oct 12, 2018

This is the third article of a four-part series about the history of timber framing. For those of you currently living in the warm embrace of a timber frame home, we hope you have developed a stronger sense of the bond between your home and its relationship with the past. For readers pondering a timber […]

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Timber Framing History Part II

Sep 27, 2018
timber frame topping out ceremony

Part One of this series on the history of timber framing saw us review thousands of years of history across multiple continents. Today’s article introduces you to the history behind timber framing’s rich traditions. Still carried out today, these traditions range from ceremonies to saw marks. One thing these traditions have in common? Each appears […]

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Four Things You Should Know Before Selecting A Timber Frame Company

Aug 17, 2018
Cook County timber frame exterior entry

Selecting a timber framing company to create your dream home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Over the past 40 years, Riverbend has helped thousands of people design and build their custom timber frame homes. Read on to learn about some things you should know before selecting a timber framing company. […]

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Add Space with a Timber Frame Loft

Mar 20, 2018
upstairs timber frame home

A timber frame home is crafted with trusses that are both functional, beautiful, and meant to be seen. This open, vaulted space created by these trusses holds potential to create an additional living space in your home. So, if you are building a timber frame home, why not consider including a loft? Where Should the […]

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The Advantages of Timber Framing

Jul 09, 2013
timber frame great room

Timber framing creates more than just an elegant, authentically built home. Timber framing also brings energy efficiency, structural integrity, design flexibility, and centuries of craftsmanship and tradition to every home. Let’s take a look at several benefits of timber framing, summarizing an article courtesy of the Timber Framers Guild. Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency is critical […]

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What Will The Frame Look Like?

May 21, 2013

You’ve made the decision to build a timber frame home and are on the brink of entering the design process. However, have you thought about what your actual timber frame will look like? During the design process, there are three elements that can be changed to create a home unique to you. These three elements […]

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Timber Framing in Non-Vaulted Spaces

Apr 23, 2013

A vaulted ceiling soaring overhead, adorned by an intricate web of timber framing – this is the image many of us conjure when visualizing a timber frame home’s interior. In fact, vaulted ceilings and repeating timber trusses are almost the standard in timber framing. However, they don’t have to be in your home design. The […]

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Where Will Guests Stay in Your New Home?

Jan 29, 2013
timber frame guest bedroom

A traditional timber frame home, with its wood-to-wood connections and wide open spaces, is built to be shared with family and friends. Whether it is that lakefront getaway your grandchildren visit in the summer or your extended family’s mountain retreat for the holidays, you want your home to be a place of comfort and relaxation […]

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Timber Frame Homes From Shore to Shore

Jul 24, 2012

For over 30 years, Riverbend has built custom timber frame homes for clients across Canada, the United States, and beyond. Highlights of three of these homes, including their unique stories, are below. Regardless of where you live, Riverbend offers the experience needed to help you design and build the timber frame home of your dreams.  Craftsman-style […]

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