Timber frame homes come in every shape and size. There is no typical plan, no perfect style, no maximum or minimum size. Your home should be a reflection of you and the way you live.
What do you think of when you imagine the perfect home? Is it stylish and edgy, comfortable and charming, grand and majestic, or traditional and time-honored? Are you building a home for a young family with room to grow? Is it a retirement home? Will it be a vacation home? Do you work from home, entertain, or cocoon? This is the function end of the home design equation.
Architect Louis Sullivan coined the phrase ” form ever follows function” in 1896. It has been pared down to the simpler “form follows function”. While it can be interpreted that “style” doesn’t matter at all, it can also be a great starting place and the style of the home can be adapted to the use.
Find a style that appeals to you and design your home in that style. It might be a farmhouse or a tudor, a cottage or a cape cod. If you envision a rambling ranch, with all your living space on one floor, maybe brick with shutters, go for it. Timber frames offer all of the above and more.
Your site will tell you what the footprint should be. If you’re on flat land, it may be hard (or impossible) to have a daylight basement. If you’re on the side of a mountain, you may not want to spread that footprint out too far.
So don’t think limitations, think no boundaries and design your new timber frame home to be the most amazing home you’ve ever had. And live long and well in your new home, enjoying the choices you made and smiling when you drive up each time.
And when you build, build boldly…Bonnie Pickartz