Building a Timber Frame Home

Building a Timber Frame Home

If you are considering building a timber frame home, there are a few things you need to factor in as part of your decision. Top Notch Timber Frames custom Maine Timber Framers go over the following key points with potential homeowners to help them make a decision:

Cost: Many of our clients are surprised to find out that not only is building a timber frame home in their price range, it may be the most cost-effective building solution for their project for a truly one of a kind artisan style home. Why? Our Maine timber framers have perfected the process of building a timber frame home to the point where there is less material waste and significant energy savings. We can help you design a frame that will get you the high end home you are looking for without breaking the bank.

At Top Notch we keep our overhead low which allows us to build a beautiful custom timber frame for less than our competition without sacrificing quality. We have no expensive model homes or huge warehouse to build into our price. We cut out the fat which allows us to focus on what we love doing – building and installing the best timber frames on the market.

Energy Efficiency: If energy efficiency is important to you, building a timber frame home may be the best choice. Our Maine timber framers use SIPs (structurally insulated panels), which means that our homes have great insulation properties because of the exterior sheathing. Additionally, because timber frame homes use fewer panels than traditional homes, there is more flexibility for installation of heating and cooling systems, paired with the option for open (highly efficient) floor plans.

Durability: Timber framing has been around for centuries. New England is rich with history and boasts many unique old properties – many of them timber frame – that have stood the test of time. If you are looking to construct a home that will last for a lifetime and beyond, building a timber frame home is the right choice for you. Our timber frames use no nails only true centuries old mortoise and tenory framing techniques that have survived the test of time.

Timeline: Once you make a decision to build a new home, you want the process to move as quickly as it can. Our Maine timber framers can help you design the timber frame and construct a timber frame house in much less time than a traditional stick-built home because it requires significantly fewer pieces. While we prefer to install every frame we sell to ensure the highest quality and efficient process, we will gladly ship you a pre-cut timber frame kit anywhere in the United States. And yes, we do travel to install our timber frames.

Style: Timber frame homes built by Maine craftsmen are a distinct style choice. Like Maine, they are a perfect balance of rustic and modern. Our Maine timber frames are meant to help you bring the beauty of nature indoors, along with modern conveniences and energy efficiency.

When you take all the above into consideration, building a timber frame home seems like the best choice – for a lot of different reasons. If you still are not sure, contact a member of our Maine timber framers team at Top Notch Timber Frames – we would love to answer any of your questions.