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What Will the Frame Look Like?

Posted on May 21, 2013

Timber Frame

You’ve made the decision to build a timber frame home and are on the brink of entering the design process, but have you thought about what your actual timber frame will look like? During this process, there are three aspects of design that can ultimately be changed to create a home that is unique to you; the architectural feel, the layout, and its timber frame skeleton. While all three elements work together to create a home, they do not have to be inherently tied together. Today we will talk about the relationship between timber framing and the rest of a home’s design and how you can modify it to match your specific project goals.

Examining Conceptual Drawings

Looking at Riverbend’s floor plan gallery, each floor plan showcased offers a look at corresponding elevations, a rendering, and a timber frame skeleton. While these conceptual drawings have been created for that specific floor plan, they are merely a suggestion. For example, if a client loved the architectural look and feel of a certain design’s elevations, but the timber skeleton showcased alongside the plan is not what they want, they can have the timber frame re-imagined to better suit their desired look.

Timber Framing

Examples of Identical Layouts with Differing Timber Skeletons

Customizing the Timber Skeleton 

A timber skeleton can be crafted in a variety of ways, all of which will help to create the ideal atmosphere within the completed home. When deciding on your home’s timber structure, you will want to think about how much timber you want to see in your main living areas. Will you want that timber framing to flow throughout the home or be confined to certain spaces?

In this image, the two floor plans seen have identical layouts, but their timber skeleton is completely different. In the left layout, the timber structure is seen expanding over all of the main living spaces, offering a more open feel for this central area. In the layout on the right, the timber frame extends from the entrance through the great room, placing a greater focus on this particular space.

For many clients, it can be hard to envision the combination of their desired exterior elevations, the layout, and the timber framing in a completed state. With Riverbend’s design process, we provide you with conceptual examples as a source of inspiration, as well as designers who understand your project goals so that you can gain a better idea of how your finished home will look, inside and out.


For more examples of timber frame design, take a look at ‘Understanding Design Complexity.’

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