By: Cyndy Gardner, Co-Owner of Homestead Timber Frames
The thrill of finding that perfect house plan in a magazine or online is hard to beat. You love the exterior colors or the curb appeal – the window styles – and especially the floor plan. If only you could just change the size of those bedrooms for the kids or turn the kitchen the other way – then it would be just perfect!
Well, you have joined the rest of us who always see how those little changes could make it better for our lifestyle. Now you want it to be a timber frame home so you can create a warmer feel or make it more rustic in appearance. How do we put a timber frame into this perfect house plan?
Adapting a timber frame to a conventionally built house plan does take some pushing and pulling to help with alignment for posts and joists. It’s not impossible and while we’re at it, we can help make those floor plan changes you feel are important. Usually as the process begins, we hear of a few more additions or changes you see becoming important. And now you are in the middle of creating a home that fits you – not the ‘general public’ out there just wanting a house in a plain subdivision without any personality.
This is the fun part of building – the Design Process. And we see a lot of clients bringing in that magazine photo of the home they wish to build.
Our Team starts with each room asking questions that many of you have not thought of such as: ceiling heights, window sizes, where do you like to play the piano? Outside porches, and where? You get the idea.
Then the real brainstorming starts and ideas flow. Eyes brighten and smiles begin. The magazine house becomes a real home that, while we talk, you actually walk through the front door in your mind and ‘see’ the fireplace or stairwell – the focus of what represents you and your home.
This is how a home should begin.
The other important aspect of the design process is of course budget. If your magazine home is larger than you really need or want to afford, then this discussion process can provide insight as to what heads the priority list. Is it the gourmet kitchen, or the wrap-around porch that wins out? We can help with all these wonderful challenges and make it easier to make those important decisions.
So keep searching your favorite magazines or online sites to find that ‘perfect’ home that you’ve dreamed of for so long. Then bring it in for us to match a handsome timber frame to. Make it your own, and you’ll be happy for many years to come. We look forward to seeing you!
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