The rich history of timber framing includes Old World designs found throughout Europe. Sturdy, hand-hewn posts and beams, and careful craftsmanship have combined to create lodges, mountain chalets, and Tudor-style homes that have sheltered families for hundreds of years. Whether employed in large manors or more modest homes, the lines of traditional European architecture are still popular today in the New World, as they create a sense of history even in new construction.
Many European style floor plans are based on Alpine chalets or other expansive estates, so these timber frame floor plans can often be quite large. Consider the size and shape of your building site to ensure that the balance between house and landscape is properly proportioned. Homes on a slope may do well to tuck garages into the basement or make other alterations for best results.
If you love Europe design but worry that the look is a bit too grand for your neighborhood, you may choose to incorporate some of your favorite features like curved timber or stone accents into a more modest home. Likewise, fairy-tale style turrets and steep roof lines can be added to a home that’s the right size for your family while harkening back to the Old Country.
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