Fall Into Savings Sales Event!


10% off – PLUS 10% down
gets you the Timber Frame of you dreams now through November 31, 2016!

Only 10% DOWN saves your spot to have the Timber Frame you’ve always wanted when you want it.

As an added bonus, we’ll take 10% OFF your final Timber Frame cost!  Don’t delay – these savings disappear on November 31, 2016 and spots will fill up fast.
Secure yours today – we’ve made it easy with only 10% down!

Applies to homes, pavilions, barns or anything we can timber frame! The small deposit will hold your project in our shop schedule through December of 2017!

To qualify for this SALE, Homestead Timber Frames, Inc. must receive a signed Production Agreement and the Deposit check no later than November 31, 2016.

Please call now for details – (931) 484-7059! We’re ready to go to work for YOU!

11 Ways to Prepare For Your Initial Home Planning Meeting

The excitement of building a new home is a very palpable thing.  We can feel the joy in the air as soon as you walk through the door and the energy is infectious!  As excited as you are to see your Timber Frame come to life, we’re just as excited to see your dream come true.
home1For all the excitement in the air, there’s plenty of preparation inherent with the process of building a home.  It all starts with a little bit of homework before we even step foot in the conference room.  Here are eleven ways to prepare for your initial meeting with us.

1 – Cultivate a Photo Reference Book:  While a binder or scrapbook of photos and cutouts is still plenty acceptable, this step has gotten much easier with the rise of the digital age.  Houzz and Pinterest allow you to create Ideabooks and Boards that you can share with us long before we meet face to face.  Start an account with both sites and begin gathering everything that fits your vision as you see it.

2 – Wants Vs. Needs:  You may have a budget in mind as you begin the process, but it can easily slip out of your control as the want list begins to pile up.  There are many hurdles when it comes to budgeting but wants and needs will likely trip you up most.  Develop separate lists for each category and begin stripping away the “wants” you feel will inflate your cost the most.  Remember – bigger doesn’t always mean better!

bubblediagram3 – Diagram Your Rooms:  If you have an idea of where each room in your house may be located, that can be a big help to us when we enter the design process.  Create a bubble diagram that indicates the placement of each room before the meeting and bring it with you on the big day.

4 – Make a List of Questions:  Questions are a vital part of the learning process and we welcome each and every one you may have.  It’s only natural when making such a big decision to ask questions about anything from the process of the build to the timeframe from design to raising.  We encourage you to make a list of questions you’d like to ask before we meet.  It helps us pinpoint ways in which we may help you.

5 – Visit Our Shop:  There’s no better way to understand what kind of work will go into your home than to stand side-by-side in sawdust with our joiners.  You’ll get a shop tour the day you meet with us, but you are more than welcome to come in beforehand to meet our joiners, watch them work, and ask questions.

raising6 – Attend A Raising:  Just as visiting our shop will give you a bird’s eye view of a Timber Frame taking shape, attending a raising will allow you to see our joiners at work as they install someone’s frame.  Not only is it awe-inspiring to watch, but it’ll give you an idea of just how quickly and accurately your own frame will go up.  We tend to invite the public to attend select raisings so keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events.

7 – Read Up on the Basics of Timber Framing:  This can go a long way in clarifying a lot of the terms we’ll be using.  We give each client who comes in a list of books we deem essential to learning about the craft of Timber Framing.  If you’d like a copy of the list, click here to contact us.

8 – Follow our Social Media:  If you discovered Homestead Timber Frames through our website, have you visited our social media pages?  There are plenty of wonderful photos and insightful articles to be found on each profile we maintain.  We currently keep a presence on the following sites:  Houzz, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter, with a revamped YouTube page forthcoming.  Follow us for constant updates!

9 – No Need to Rush:  It’s completely understandable to want to jumpstart the process as soon as possible.  However, it’s a good idea to hold off until you’ve crossed two big hurdles:  having a patch of land and knowing the cost of building a custom home in your area.  Until you’ve found where you want to plant your roots and you have a clear figure on how much it may take to build what you want, it’s going to be tough to bring your dream to life.  It’s also important to take your lifestyle into account.  Our homes are tailor made to suit the way our clients live.  If you’re looking to lead a quiet life by the river on twenty acres in the country, your home will look vastly different from the city dwellers who require a great deal of space for guests and entertaining.

10 – Keep A Devoted Notebook:  As you’ll likely be taking notes through the duration, it’s best to keep a notebook solely devoted to the process of building your home.  It’s a great way to keep your thoughts, figures, and ideas organized before you come in to discuss details.  It will also come in handy during the latter half of the process.

11 – Look At the Bigger Picture:  It’s very easy to focus on one or two small details.  It’s much easier to let them overwhelm your project before it even gets moving.  Take a step back and look at the whole idea as opposed to a few small parts.  You may decide that those little details are the most important factors in your eventual design, or you may even see that you don’t need them at all.

Now that you’ve read through these eleven tips, use them to cull a bit of inspiration for your own dream home and come see us.  We’ll be looking for you!

The English Mediaeval House

The English Mediaeval House 

By: Margaret Wood – Preface by Sir Mortimer Wheeler

Bracken Books – 1965

In this book you will find an absorbing study of the evolution of the English house.  Filled with Margaret Wood and other workers’ meticulous research, the book covers the period of time from the Norman Conquest to 1540.  Sixty pages of beautiful and instructive photographs are included as well as 150 plans and drawings that can only enhance such a wonderful book. This is the first major book on medieval domestic architecture for over a hundred years and is definitely worthy of its great subject!


Manor Houses in Normandy

Manor Houses in Normandy

By: Yves Lexcroart
Photographs By: Regis Faucon

Konemann – 1995

Open this book and you will be blown away by beautiful photographs that have captured the undulating woodland and lush meadows of Normandy.  Pays d’Auge is a region of Normandy that is a treasure-house of architecture in which the amazing manor houses are among its best-kept secrets.  Some are surprisingly small and some very grand.  They are built of timber or brick and stone. Very few of the manor houses are open to the public so grab this unique opportunity and enjoy this breathtaking pocket of Normandy.

Knoxville Boat Show 2014

Homestead Timber Frames will be participating in the 2014 Downtown Knoxville Boat Show.  The show is March 6 – 9, 2014. We will be in the Southern Shores Development’s booth.   We would love to see you all there! Please come visit us and enjoy the show!!

Click here to visit the
Downtown Knoxville Boat Show Website


701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
PH: 865.522.5669  |  FX: 865.329.0422


Thur March 6, 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri March 7, 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Sat March 8, 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sun March 9, 11:00am – 5:00pm


General Admission
$7.00 Adults
Children under 10 – Free


The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625 – 1725

The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625 – 1725

By: Abbott Lowell Cummings

Harvard University Press – 1979

An absolutely superb work of history on the early homes built in North America.  Mr. Cummings covers the English background, the House Plan, the Builders and their Resources and the Assembly and Rearing of the House Frame.  As you can imagine, you will read about our country’s first timber frame homes – some of which are still standing.  Spanning over 200 pages, this book ends with a detailed Appendix where you will find even more books on this splendid form of construction.  You will enjoy the many black and white photos, drawings, and maps of interiors, timber post and girt carvings and furniture of the era.  We use this book as a reference for carvings and timber sizes.

Timberframe – The Art and Craft of the Post-and-Beam Home

Timberframe – The Art and Craft of the Post-and-Beam Home

By: Tedd Benson – Forward by Norm Abram

The Taunton Press – 2001

Tedd gives us another lush book showcasing 23 homes and 6 timber frame additions of varied design which display the warmth, character, and versatility of today’s timber frame home.  Filled with 400 color photographs, drawings, and plans, you have a compelling source of inspiration in your hands.  Great for gathering ideas of what you do like in a timber frame home and especially what you don’t like in a timber frame home.

American Bungalow Style

American Bungalow Style

By: Robert Winter and Alexander Vertikoff

Simon & Schuster – 1996

If you’re looking for some great interior or exterior ideas for cozy nooks, fireplaces, porches, window nooks, etc., then this book can help.  Filled with over 300 color photographs of that charming Craftsman Style architecture, we are immediately drawn to its warmth and effortless design.  “The idea that simplicity and artistry could harmonize in one affordable house spurred the bungalow’s popularity – a rare movement in which good architecture was found outside the world of the wealthy.”  This remains true today – especially with a timber frame home.  Turning the pages of this beautiful book shows you how just a simple door can become a thing of beauty you could enjoy each and every day.

Our Fall Newsletter

No Wasted Spaces

Submitted by: Cyndy Gardner, Co-Owner of Homestead Timber Frames

No Wasted Spaces – How to incorporate lots of ideas in a small home

Putting a home office or your library or a cozy reading nook under the stairs is just one way to slip in some useable space into an unusual spot in the house.  Other ideas to consider are:

  1.  Snug built in bunk beds under the eaves or on the side wall in the bedroom with a small closet on the end.
  2. In the kitchen, if your square footage doesn’t allow for a nice big walk in pantry, you might try to build a wall unit with several doors/drawers from floor to ceiling and about 14” deep.
  3. Put a chalk board on the back of a door or on the wall above the chair rail near the kitchen table.
  4. Create more livable space on your porch.  If you’re building new, you might think about making your porch area a three season room with large windows that also have screens for summer.
  5. Instead of a mud room, make your back door entry area large enough to incorporate built in bench with wall hooks and cubbies above.
  6. Consider installing your washer/dryer in the master bathroom or hall closet.

These are just a few ideas that help create a very livable home without a lot of wasted square footage.