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Custom Timber Floor Plan

Design Your Dream, Build Your Legacy

Ever dreamt of a home that reflects your unique personality, seamlessly blends with its surroundings, and boasts the timeless beauty of exposed timbers? Clients have appreciated our passion to capture the "just right" mix of functionality, looks, and cost investment for their dream timber homes.

This guide outlines the exciting journey you'll embark on with Arrow Timber, from the initial spark of inspiration to the final construction phase. We believe in clear communication and a collaborative approach, ensuring your dream home becomes a reality.

This guide provides detailed explanations of each stage of the process, from gathering your ideas and exploring your budget to the meticulous fabrication and installation of your timber frame. We'll also highlight ideas, inspiration, and problems that you might not yet be aware of as you embark on this journey with us. Dive into the steps below!

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Laying the Groundwork for Your Timber Frame Dream

Building a custom timber frame home is an exciting journey, and we're thrilled you're considering Arrow Timber! Before we dive into designing your perfect home, here are key first steps to take:

Inspiration Exploration

  • Visit Our Gallery: See the incredible possibilities of timber frame design by browsing our online portfolio.

  • Gather Your Ideas: Start a scrapbook, Pinterest board, or inspiration folder. What styles speak to you? What features do you love?


Think About Your Lifestyle

  • Daily Needs: How many bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces do you require?

  • How You Entertain: Do you love hosting, or is it more about cozy family time? Consider how your home will support how you live.

  • Dream Elements: Is a gourmet kitchen, a luxurious owner's suite, or a breathtaking view your top priority?

Site Analysis (Recommended)

If you have already secured land for your dream home, we highly recommend obtaining a professional topo survey of the lot. This detailed document maps the existing features and contours of your land, including elevation changes, property lines, and any natural elements like streams or wooded areas. Having a topo survey upfront helps us inform the design process from the very beginning. It allows us to:

  • Integrate your home seamlessly with the topography, maximizing natural light and views.

  • Avoid potential challenges during construction by proactively addressing any site constraints.

  • Streamline the design phase by providing crucial data for accurate planning and placement of your dream home.

Financing: Making It Happen

Financing your new home build requires careful planning. Explore different mortgage options, including traditional loans and construction loans. Pre-approval can streamline the process and give you a clear picture of your budget. Don't be afraid to shop around and compare lenders to find the best rates and terms for your situation.

Builders: Finding the Right Partner

Finding a good fit with your general contractor is crucial for a successful and stress-free building experience. Your GC is essentially the captain of your project, overseeing everything from scheduling subcontractors to managing the budget. A skilled and compatible contractor will have the experience to handle potential challenges, communicate clearly throughout the process, and advocate for your vision. A strong relationship with your GC builds trust, ensures your goals are aligned, and ultimately contributes to a finished home you'll love for years to come.


Thinking Beyond the Basics

  • Design Style: What speaks to your soul? Rustic mountain estate, contemporary masterpiece? Inspiration is key.

  • Size and Functionality: How much space do you need? Consider current and potential future needs.

  • Timeline: Are you in a rush? How long is the "building season" where you are building?

With these things sorted out, you'll be armed with the right questions for a productive conversation with the experts at Arrow Timber.

Your dream home starts here!

Are We a Good Fit for Your Custom Timber Frame Home Plan?

As you embark on the exciting journey of building your dream timber frame home, choosing the right partner is crucial. The only way to really know if you've hired right is when you are working with them. But, scheduling a brainstorm to get both knowledge and a short test drive is by far the easiest, safest, and most reliable next step. 

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