February 15

Why Consider Timber Frame Construction?

Timber frame construction utilizes large wooden beams and posts to create the structural framework of a building. This type of construction has been used for centuries and is popular for its strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Both residential and commercial property owners choose timber frame construction because of its many advantages.

Benefits of Timber Frame Construction


Many factors make timber frame homes an excellent choice for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint and positively impact the environment. Timber frame construction earns points by certifying to the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard the many ways it saves energy and protects the environment. Waste is kept to a minimum during the milling process, as manufacturers use all portions of the timber. Timber framing uses up to 30% less wood than traditional construction methods.


Timber frame homes use wood from sustainable forests, which are managed to ensure that the trees harvested are replanted, preserving the forest for future generations. Using wood from sustainable sources helps reduce deforestation, which significantly contributes to environmental degradation.

Energy Efficient

The large timbers used in construction create an insulated envelope around the home, reducing heat loss in the winter and keeping the interior cool in the summer. This helps to reduce energy costs and keep the home comfortable year-round. When built with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), a timber framed house is very energy efficient and has a low cost of ownership compared to other types of construction. Additionally, timber frame homes can be designed to maximize the use of natural light, further reducing the need for artificial lighting.

Strong and Durable

Compared to traditional residential homes, typically built with stick-framing techniques, timber frame homes offer several advantages that make them more durable and long-lasting.

Strength and stability: Timber frame homes are made with heavy timbers combined with mortise and tenon joints, which are incredibly strong and stable. The large timbers used in timber frame construction provide a solid structure that can withstand heavy loads and resist movement, making them ideal for homes in areas with severe weather conditions.

Durable materials: Timber frame homes are built using high-quality hardwoods such as Douglas fir, oak, or hemlock, which are naturally resistant to decay, insects, and fire. These materials are also known for their strength and longevity, which means that a timber frame home can last for many years with minimal maintenance.


Timber framing is versatile and offers endless design options for residential and commercial properties. Without the need for load-bearing walls, the floor plan can be as open as you desire. The open vaulted areas are perfect for hosting family and friends, while intimate lofts provide a unique space to enjoy peace and quiet. With many custom options, timber frame homes can be built to suit any personality or lifestyle.


One of the defining characteristics of a timber frame home is its open-plan design, which is made possible by using large beams and posts. This design allows for spacious rooms with high ceilings and abundant natural light, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Timber framing provides the opportunity to create stunning entryways, living areas, and commercial spaces. Exposing the timbers throughout the home is a popular choice for individuals that choose timber frame construction.

Ease of Construction

Timber framing allows for faster on-site construction. The speed of construction for a timber frame structure is accelerated by the ability to maximize off-site fabrication while minimizing on-site activities. It generally takes 2-3 weeks to install the frame and SIPS components, depending on the size and complexity of your home design. Modern timber frame construction offers a streamlined and faster construction process. Everything is pre-cut and ready to be assembled, which reduces the onsite waste factor.

The Bottom Line

Modern timber frame buildings are energy-efficient, structurally sound, and beautiful. A timber frame structure represents the pinnacle of craftsmanship. The use of heavy timbers is structurally exciting and complex but also emotionally engaging because of the visible use of the timber. If you’d like more information, contact a contractor specializing in timber frame construction.

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HomeSource Custom Homes has delivered excellence in custom home building to clients throughout the St. Louis area for over 35 years. We know how to turn a dream home into a reality. Call us at 636-296-0100 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our team builds custom homes throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. We serve clients in St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Francois, Warren, Lincoln, and Jefferson Counties.


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