My grandfather was a carpenter in Yale, South Dakota. Growing up I used to marvel at the creations he made. During high school I discovered I also had a passion for woodcraft. Now I am joined by my sons and daughter creating a new timber frame construction company based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Together we have over 20 years of construction experience and decades worth of wood working expertise.
If you are considering building a timber frame in South Dakota, we would love to talk to you.
hello my name is charles brister, i live in madison, ms. i have always wanted to build a log or timberframe home but have not had to chance to. my wife and i are in our early fiftys and with just 2 kids left in college we are starting the process of building a timberframe home. we finally went with a timberframe because it allows us alot more options in different neighborhoods. as of now we are staying in ms. looking for lake front property to build on. have been looking at magazines for years pulling ideas reading stories of others that have already gone thru the process. so i hope to keep coming back here for answers from friends we work our way thru the process. thanks again for a great site...
I did some remodeling at young age and finished completing a new house years ago but always wanted to complete one from ground up doing most of work myself. After attending a log cabin show we sit down and watched a seminar on timber framing and knew that was the look we wanted in as many rooms as possible. We not only put the Hammer Beam bents in the great room, but put arched beams in the kitchen, king post in master bath and flat beams in the master bedroom and dining room. Found a lot over looking lake in southern Indiana and started the two year process. We also wanted open floor plan with a unique character for entertaining and offering fantasic views without all the up keep required by log cabins. Enclosing the timber frame with ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) was the biggest cost savings because of doing the labor ourselves by laying the forms like LEGO blocks and house is so energy efficient....over 4800 sq. ft electric heat pump less than $300 per month on average cost year around! Be glad to answer any questions for anyone considering to do the same. firstname.lastname@example.org
I always dreamed of having a log home in the mountains some day? Now at age 60 and looking to retire, I began thinking about that log home again, but this time for real. So I began looking into log homes. But, although I loved the look outside the inside was another story. Especially, since this was to be our full time residence.
So I began to look at alternatives, like Prefab Cedar Homes, Post and Beam Homes and Timber Frame homes.
A Timber Frame seemed to be the right answer for me. It had large Wood Timber Trusses with Tongue and Groove planking for the ceilings, and the walls could be normal plasterboard we could paint, wallpaper or even faux finish. Painting the walls also allowed the Wood Windows, Doors and Trim to standout and not become lost in all that T&G wood paneling. Maybe as a vacation home having all that wood makes people feel like it's an old country cabin, but as a full time residence I think it's bit to much wood...for me. Also, using warm earth tone colors makes the rooms brighter and allows you to be more creative in your decorating elements.
Blue Ridge, GA
My wife and I (from NJ) were looking for years in the western part of NC to find a nice spot to build a vac/retirement home in the future. We spent many long weekends searching the MLS listings of various realtors in the area until we finally located a nice, 1.5 acre mountainside lot that had a gentle slope and a great view of Grandfather Mt. just outside of Boone, NC. It is about 11 hours away from where we now live and we take a few weeks off a year to visit the area, cut the small meadow of the tall grasses and briars, and meet some of the neighboring owners on the road leading up the mountain. We have so far had a gravel driveway installed to the proposed building site, had the local electric coop run underground cables to the property (took about 2 years just to get the required easements) and now we are trying to find a design for a nice timberframe hybrid that is: 1. Approx. 1600-1800 sqft. 2. master bedroom on main floor with 1 bedroom, bath and loft area on the second floor. 3. a walk out basement that would include the garage 4. arranged so the great room looks out over our property toward the mountain view. You would be amazed how difficult it is to find something that fits those requirements without having to hire a designer to start from scratch... It is difficult to determine what something like this would cost to build without first choosing a builder or timberframe company. It seems to be a problem of what comes first, the chicken or the egg... It may end up being too expensive to even build so we are just biding our time until we figure out where to go from here.
I would invite you to call our design department. We can probably take down your thoughts, orientation and be able to give you a good idea on the cost of the timber frame via a conceptual drawing. I understand your plight with the chicken and the egg. We've found it actually better for the client to design a home based on their individual needs, wants, budget, site, etc.
Let us know if we can help talk that through for you for a rough estimate at least.
Amy Good, Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc.
www.lancotf.com (shop in PA, serving U.S.)
Amy, Thanks for replying so quickly. We have browsed through tons of plans from magazines and timberframe builder websites and have a good sense of what we want and need but nothing we see matches our requirements. We were concerned about getting too involved with someone only to find out that we couldn't afford the building and we wasted someone's valuable time... We will certainly check out your website and make a phone call to someone in your design department to determine if we are in over our heads or not. Thanks again for your help. Gary S.
My pleasure! Best of luck in your search! Let me know if you need any further information. ~Amy LCTF, Inc.
My husband and I had very similar wants in a timber frame. We worked with Timberbuilt (http://www.timberbuilt.com/) to modify their Micro plan. If you are interested, ask them about the Macro/Micro designed by Marcus Gregory. My husband is also their rep for the VA/NC region. When our home is finished, you are more than welcome to come to Virginia and see if it is something you would be interested in!