The Timber Frame carries all of the structural weight of your house. That allows for large spans of windows and open interiors, which let light flow from one room to the next. However, poor placement of windows or windows of the wrong size can increase utility bills. That’s something we all wish to avoid.
You want to enjoy your views without dwelling on whether or not dollars are flying through the glass. Study on the location of your windows. Position them for maximum passive solar heat gain by orienting a majority of windows facing the south. That allows for the most solar exposure for winter heating, which minimizes your heat loss.
You can also save money on your windows by grouping commonly sized windows together rather than buying one large custom window. The commonly sized windows are more affordable because they’re produced in great numbers.
There are many options and ideas for windows in your timber frame home. Privacy windows that are located close to the ceiling (or even in your ceiling) are a great way to get the light you want with the privacy you also desire. An arched window echoing the exterior timber frame is a beautiful way to tie your house together.
My favorite idea is stained glass windows / panels, or reusing a vintage window for personal added flair.