Timber Frames

The Beni : Talking Timber Frame Cabin Inspiration

August 3, 2023
The Beni Cabin in natural setting. Timber frame construction

Our blogs tend to talk about a lot of different aspects of timber framing. For instance, you can read articles and blogs about:

Our timber frame design and build processes

● Things to consider when designing a timber frame

● Reasons why you should build a timber frame

● Different wood types/species and why they're used in timber framing

Rarely ever, though, do you get to hear us talk about the inspiration behind our timber frame builds! One of our newest offerings is a timber frame cabin that’s lovingly been named after its designer. In this article, you’ll learn about the inspiration behind our timber frame cabin design, the Beni.

Timber Frame Cabin Building Inspiration Can Come from Anywhere

At its roots, timber frame design is classic and simple, yet it can feature intricacies and complexities that you wouldn’t get with a typical log or stick-build design. Our founders, Bruce and Cyndy Gardner, built this company on the principles of Craftsman designers like Gustav Stickley. Stickley’s works are classic and timeless, and we strive to capture that same quality.

While many of the roots of our timber frame cabin designs come from pre-Industrial Revolution design, we’re not afraid to look to contemporary sources. These days, YouTube is an amazing place to find inspiration for woodworking and construction. This is especially true if you’re looking to build a timber frame cabin.

Open space interior design of our timber frame cabins

Digging Deep Into our DIY Roots

As you know, our craftsmen at Homestead are avid woodworkers. These gentlemen are artisans who value and enjoy their craft. It makes perfect sense that they’d keep up with design trends by following fellow artisans who share their craft with others so that inspiration can spread.

It’s precisely in this way that we found the inspiration for our timber frame cabin design, the Beni! The stick-built cabin designed and raised by stellar woodworking and DIY YouTuber Graeme Jervey played a big role in the conception of our timber frame cabin.

interior of the Beni Timber frame cabin

What’s Traditional is Modern, What’s Modern is Traditional

The design and build that inspired the Beni is very much rooted in classic sensibilities. It’s a build that draws from the familiar compact-yet-spacious sloped-roof cabin or small house. It’s only 250 square feet, but thanks to the placement of the windows and the layout of the rooms, it feels far more spacious.

So many classic cabin designs are of a “studio” variety, meaning sleeping and common spaces are combined and the only extra space is allotted for a restroom. The timber frame cabin design that forms the Beni is in a similar vein, but features the modern convenience of extra rooms and a semi-open concept layout.

Many of the DIY cabin builds that may inspire you are stick builds. However, it’s quite easy to alter their concepts to support your own timber frame cabin design. A designer with expertise in designing timber frame cabins, like our designers, can help you make any timber frame cabin concept your own.

Would you like to learn more about the inspiration behind some of our builds? Give us a call today at (931) 484-7059 or get in touch via our contact form. We’ll be happy to talk shop and help you make your own timber frame cabin design a reality.

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