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Five Ways to Build Your Timber Home Within Your Budget

You’ve established your budget for your new timber home and your architect and builder say it can be built for that amount – but how do you stay true to that magic number? There are several things you can do to help you stay within your budget during the home design process:



1. Divide the total budget by the square footage of your timber frame house, and stay within that dollar amount for each square foot of space. Work with your timber frame architect and builder to stay within… Continue

Added by Jeremy Bonin, AIA NCARB LEED AP on June 11, 2009 at 2:37pm — 2 Comments

A new way to look at being "green"

I think there is some anti green sentiment out there, the term has become so overused that its meaning is being very diluted. I would like to have a better term. Sustainable could work. I would interpret Sustainable as practices that stretch our resources, protect our enviorment, enhance our lives, increase the livabltliy of a project.



Probably the single most important item in making a project sustainable, in my opinion, is to build a structure that lasts and that people want to… Continue

Added by Les Schaub on June 8, 2009 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Going Solar

As a Timber Frame Home Builder, building green is one of the main focusses for Timberbuilt and our clients. Below is some great information that a colleague gave me about solar. As a financial planner he is showing his clients what a great investment going solar can be.



How much does it COST to go Solar?



There's a lot of interest surrounding solar energy these days. Solar Photovoltaics is the science of converting the sun's rays into usable electricity for our homes and… Continue

Added by Brian Kempisty on June 1, 2009 at 12:40pm — 8 Comments

lots of questions not much money!!

so we are in CA and have just bought a hunk of land in OK, and thats is where we are going eventually

the problem is that although we know alot about building, we don't know much about timber homes.

ok so we got tons ( I mean it...) of info from sellers/venders etc. but there is not many real "videos" that we have found to see what actually happens, and all the "shows" are in the east...

another question is will someone come to meet us and talk to us about what we want and tell… Continue

Added by samm starr on May 20, 2009 at 9:17pm — 5 Comments

Timber Frame Design Trends

Trends in timber frame design are following the general trends in home design, moving away from specific rooms and space to materials and energy efficiency. This is good news, as we strive to become more energy conscious.



Here are some of the current trends in timber frame design:



1. Reduce, reuse, recycle: More and more homeowners are looking to purchase recycled building materials to use in their new timber… Continue

Added by Jeremy Bonin, AIA NCARB LEED AP on May 15, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

I am finding 2009 to be the "RE" year

It amazes me how everyone is adapting to the stressful economic times we are all enduring. I am seeing the changes across the board from client to real estate agents to builders to my own design studio. My projects have definitely changed in their personalities, the project scope and their design direction. I have decided to call 2009 the "RE" year: RE-duce, RE-novate, RE-pair, RE-upholstery, RE-use, RE-vise, RE-claim,… Continue

Added by Cindy Trimble Kelly ASID IFDA on May 8, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Take the Leap

I am so tired of the the constant negativity about the economy on every news channel. So tired of the bickering, blame and bail outs of businesses that I am not sure should be bailed out. I don't need someone to tell me daily that we are in crises. I feel it in person through my personal situation, friends in business and their fears of losing it all, friends and family losing their jobs, and driving down the street and seeing a favorite store closing.



And, on the other side of it, I… Continue

Added by Pam Pringle on May 5, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Building a Timber Frame Home Using Sustainable Construction Practices

Energy efficient home design is only one part of the equation in building a timber frame green home. Equally important are the methods and practices your builder uses during the overall construction process in order to minimize impact to the site environment. Two main areas that should be given attention are pollution prevention and site protection. These should be discussed during the interview process with your builder and outlined thoroughly to make sure sustainable construction practices… Continue

Added by Jeremy Bonin, AIA NCARB LEED AP on April 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Art of Compromise

Probably one of the most difficult parts of building any home is agreeing on design, products, and color. In working with clients recently, I realize how wonderful it is to have two partners who love each other, have been married for years, and yet who still have their own style and feel strongly about what they want for their dream home. I did say it was wonderful. And, it is. This is an opporutnity to compromise and realize that your partner wants their dream just as much as you want… Continue

Added by Pam Pringle on April 22, 2009 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

When should you start the design process?

I’ve been asked many times over the years by clients, “I don’t own my land yet, but I’d like to begin designing my new timber frame or post and beam home. Is this wise?”



The advice I’ve always given is to wait until you close on your land, because starting the design process too soon could end up costing you more money. For example, the site you decide to purchase may have the potential for a walk-out basement, which could allow for more usable square footage, such as a recreation… Continue

Added by Jeremy Bonin, AIA NCARB LEED AP on April 20, 2009 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

When you think you know everything there is to know ...

We now have two timber frame homes under our belt. I thought after the first one we built, that the second would be a piece of cake. But, great lessons from each home.



Electrical - both were hybrid timber frame homes built with SIP panels. In addition to the SIP panels we wanted to tongue… Continue

Added by Pam Pringle on April 13, 2009 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

How do i add video to my page?

I just started exporting 3D ADT and HSB objects to SketchUp and I created a couple of really rough SketchUp generated avi files based off of HSB diagrams that i have done. I would like to upload the walk throughs to my page. Does anybody know if i can or how to add them to my page? The images are from one of the walk throughs.…

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Added by Jake Lappan on April 10, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Timber Framing & Bathroom Mildew

I just built a new addition and the bathroom has rough cut Doug Fir timber framing running through it. Should I treat the frames with a sealant to prevent mildrew?

Added by Greg Roberts on April 7, 2009 at 11:15am — 8 Comments

Pollen & Barn Swallows

It's yellow everywhere here in the South. Spring has sprung. The beautiful light green leaves of the trees sprouting out, and our azaleas and rhododendruns are getting ready to pop. The barn swallows from last year decided that the the beams of the timber framed porch were great shelter last year. So, they're baaack. Can't blame them, it's a wonderful protected spot.



I have some open dates for Spring & Summer vacations remaining, come to Western NC. Hiking is great this time of… Continue

Added by Pam Pringle on April 6, 2009 at 9:36am — No Comments

The Sun's effect on design

When dealing with the summer sun, let's say in Tennessee and the typical 2 story, peaked, atrium, window wall facing south, how much overhang do you need to keep the sun out of the room? Since it may not be feasable to completely keep it out, what would be a reasonable compromise distance?



Is it actually better to face a windowed wall home slightly Southeast in the midstate areas to avoid too much sun in the summer especially in the afternoon?



If you wanted to take… Continue

Added by Joe Volpe on April 4, 2009 at 10:42am — 11 Comments

11 Ways To Seemingly Grow Your Square Footage

From your back-in-the-day apartment hunting days, you no doubt remember the code words from the classified ads. “Inviting,” “charming,” and “cozy” all translated into rooms that were so claustrophobically small, you’d have to go outside to change your mind.



But that doesn’t mean a small room in your new timber home has to leave you feeling confined. In fact, reducing square footage is one of the main tenenents of green building. Often, an effective strategy is simply a matter of… Continue

Added by Charles Bevier on April 3, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

An Eco Friendly Paint I Love!

My 30 year career as a certified interior designer has included endless hours of research to find new products for my projects. I read over 25 magazines a month, subscribe to many product newsletters, I go to design markets, meet with manufacturer's reps and go to product showrooms. My studio is stuffed with samples of materials and products that we are using or testing. My criteria requires products that perform for the specific space and use, support my design concept, meet the given budget… Continue

Added by Cindy Trimble Kelly ASID IFDA on March 25, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Today's Low Flow Shower Heads Save Energy, Water Without Seinfeld-like Results

If you’re a fan of the Seinfeld comedy series (by federal law, now in syndication at least four times a day on various cable channels), you may remember the episode where they were installing low-flow shower heads in Jerry’s building. As a result, the show's characters hair soon looked like it had been plastered down with crude oil. Seinfeld's talented writers were tapping into nearly everyone’s first experiences with low-flow shower heads. Remember those back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s? Those… Continue

Added by Charles Bevier on March 10, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

Fixed Bid or Cost Plus? Sorting Out How Construction is Bid

Investing your life savings in a dream home is near the top of life’s fear factor scale. You don’t want to be taken advantage of, or waste money.



Oddly enough, the builder you select to construct your new timber home is fearful too. Their success is far from guaranteed, since transforming a raw building site into a warm and inviting home can be fraught with a host of challenges. The industry is awash in stories of contractors going out of business thanks to mismanagement, litigious… Continue

Added by Charles Bevier on March 4, 2009 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Hindsight is 20/20: Homeowners Reveal What They'd Do Different in Designing Their Dream Home

There’s plenty of joy at the prospect of making your dream home a reality, but it’s likely you have some anxieties as well. You may worry about making a blunder—some mistake that could leave you with a home that’s less than the dream you imagined it to be.



That’s why we contacted new homeowners to ask what they did right, what they did wrong and any ways they discovered to save money along the way. Keep their lessons in mind when you’re designing your dream timber… Continue

Added by Charles Bevier on March 3, 2009 at 3:19pm — No Comments

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