Timber Frames

3 Things to Consider When Planning Your Timber Frame Cabin

August 3, 2023
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Timber frame cabins have risen in popularity over the past few years. From young vacationers to golden year honeymooners, timber frame cabins have become a must-have. If you’re reading this article right now, you’re probably one of the folks planning your own timber frame cabin.

You likely have a dream timber frame cabin in mind to build. You’ve scouted a perfect patch of land in the mountains. You’ve been saving up. You’ve even sketched out a few quick plans.

That’s all well and good. However, we must ask this one question:

“Have you considered everything that goes into building a timber frame cabin?”

There are a lot of things to consider regarding a timber frame cabin build. Three in particular are more important than most. Here are the 3 top things to consider when planning your timber frame cabin.

3: What Type of Wood You Want to Use

The type of wood to be used will factor heavily into building your timber frame cabin. From your design to your budget, wood type and species will serve as a bridge between dream and final result. Here are a few things to ask when choosing wood type and species:

● “Do I want timbers sawn from hardwood or softwood?”

● “How do I want my timbers to be processed?”

● “Do I want aged timbers or younger ‘green’ timbers*?”

Choosing timbers for your timber frame construction

At Homestead Timber Frames, we often prefer to use white oak to build interior timber frame structures. This includes timber frame cabins. We prefer white oak because:

● It requires little maintenance

● It’s incredibly strong and durable

● It’s a versatile species that fits any aesthetic

Ultimately, the choice is up to you. It’s important to remember, though, that some species are stronger and more durable than others!

*Green timbers may sound appealing, and can sometimes be less expensive than seasoned or kiln-dried timber. It isn’t always a good choice to use, as the high moisture content makes it more prone to shifting and checking (cracking) as your timber frame cabin gets older.

2: To Build on Your Own, or to Hire Professional Joiners

Building a timber frame cabin is a major undertaking. Some of you are probably up to the challenge. We know that we have plenty of seasoned woodworkers and builders who follow us, which means we’re aware that designing and building a timber frame cabin is fully within your capabilities.

Even if you aren’t an expert with woodworking, joinery, or carpentry, you still may want to try your hand at building your own timber frame cabin. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, and we encourage as many people as possible to indulge in the peaceful hobbies of joinery and woodworking!

Surfacing choices for your timber frames

Ultimately, your decision to build or to hire joiners likely comes down to time and budgetary constraints. That’s why we offer different service tiers for anyone seeking out our own timber frame cabin, the Beni. From plans to aid in your own DIY timber frame cabin build to full joinery services, our options fit any budget.

1: Your Timber Frame Cabin Build Budget

You’ve probably pictured your dream timber frame cabin in your mind many, many times. When some of you think of timber framing, you may picture large opulent structures. Ultimately, the difference between what you plan and what you build comes down to one factor: your budget.

Two story exterior photo of timber frame cabin

Building a timber frame cabin isn’t an inexpensive process. There can be, at times, a high cost per square foot, which means the bigger the cabin, the higher the price. You must also factor in the cost of materials and labor, which can raise the price further depending on the type of process you choose.

At Homestead Timber Frames, we can help you plan, design, and build a timber frame cabin that fits both your dreams and your budget. Call us today at (931) 484-7059 or fill out our contact form to book an appointment to start your own timber frame cabin build process.

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