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Building Your Ideal Single-Story Timber Frame Home

Updated: Jul 4

When you hear the word “timber” it may bring to mind the smell of fresh pine, the feeling of a gentle breeze and the warmth of the sun on your face as you stroll through a sun-dappled forest trail. Perhaps you see yourself curled up beside a fire, sipping a hot drink in your rustic cabin in the woods.

If that’s your idea of heaven, a single-story hybrid timber frame home might be the perfect fit. You’ll absolutely love the warm and cozy feeling of being surrounded by artisan-crafted timber framing.

Now that you’re in the right frame of mind (no pun intended!), let’s take a look to see if a one-story timber frame house is the plan for you and your family.

Is a One-Story Timber Frame House the Right Plan for You?

To help you answer this question, let’s first explore everything one-story post and beam house plans have to offer.

Simple timber frame house plans are a stellar option for anybody looking for a sustainable, elegant and customized home. No matter your current living situation, small timber frame house plans can be designed to meet your needs now and in the future. One-story timber frame house plans are typically built in three different sizes — small (1,200 to 1,800 sq. ft.), medium (1,800 to 3,500 sq. ft.) and large (3,500+ sq. ft.).

We’ll help you determine the best size for your needs and see how we can develop a hybrid timber frame home to fit your specific vision. As you consider whether a single-story timber frame home is the best option, you may want to ask yourself the following questions.

Do You Plan to Spend Your Golden Years in this Home?

Ah, the golden years. We spend much of our lives dreaming about relaxing days filled with walks, reading, cooking and baking, as well as enjoying time with loved ones.

Lately, more and more families are turning to one-story timber frame house plans to meet their current and future lifestyle choices. These homes are steadily increasing in popularity due to the vast benefits they have to offer, such as:

  • Timber frame homes are incredibly durable. With proper maintenance, it will last for centuries, making it an investment in your family’s future.

  • A single-story post and beam home has an open and spacious design that provides easy access to every area, even in a wheelchair. This will give you the peace of mind to know that you will be comfortable in your own home, even if you are faced with circumstances that make maneuvering around challenging.

  • The spacious timber frame home floor plans can accommodate large furniture while still leaving plenty of room for kids, grandkids or pets to romp around and play. Or maybe you want to have a dance party — live your life!

  • Large windows in a single-story timber frame home plan allow unfiltered, natural light in, granting unobstructed views of the beauty surrounding your home. Imagine sipping a cup of coffee as the sun peeks over the horizon, filling your home with a golden glow, or gazing up at the night sky as you relax by a crackling fire.

Are You Looking for a Cost-Effective Solution for a High-Quality Result?

Artisan-crafted timbers can be quite expensive compared to traditional wood frame construction, but with a hybrid timber frame, you get the best of both worlds. A hybrid timber frame keeps costs down without losing the quality, all while creating a luxurious and functional home that will stand the test of time.

Do You Like the Look of a Modern Home with a Rustic Timber Frame?

Adding the right amount of rustic flair to a modern architectural style will make your home look as if it was plucked right out of a magazine or a movie.

Many people love the rustic look, but too much of it can be overpowering and limit your style and flexibility. With single-story post and beam homes, as your tastes evolve, you will retain the freedom to experiment with different style additions, while maintaining your home’s investment value and rustic vibe.

Single-story timber frame home plans offer you infinite flexibility.

Whether you choose new construction or are simply refreshing your current home, simple timber frame house plans include a variety of construction methods, design options and investment opportunities. With hybrid timber framing, redoing your kitchen, expanding your back patio or enhancing your front entry to increase curb appeal will be completed with laser-like precision and provide an outstanding return on your investment.

While considering design options, go ahead and unleash your creativity with unique timber accents that will leave your neighbors feeling a bit envious. There are incredible small post and beam homes options that offer you the space and freedom to push creative boundaries and ensure your home reflects your style.

Check out our wildly popular Mirror Lake hybrid timber frame home design, a splendid example of blending modern design with rustic timber to create an innovative and exquisite home.

Do You Want Outdoor Living Space or a Porte Cochère Included in Your Single-Story Timber Frame Home Plans?

There is something about gliding into a porte cochère that evokes the glamour and luxury of the old days, when a tuxedoed valet would take your keys while murmuring a gracious, “How do you do, ma’am?” or “Thank you, sir.” Adding this striking touch will create a sophisticated feel and dramatically increase curb appeal.

Whether it’s a porte cochère or an open area, creating a grand outdoor living space that is protected from the elements is incredibly enjoyable and opens up endless opportunities for entertaining. Adding heavy timber to your porte cochère and outdoor living area not only shields you and your guests from the Pacific Northwest weather, it also maintains your home’s rustic vibe with a touch of elegance.

These types of outdoor additions tend to be most aesthetically pleasing when added to a single-story home. To take a peek at this impressive style of one-story post and beam house plans, check out our highly sought-after Granite Quarry Homestead design.

Do You Want to Create a Cozy Small Post and Beam Home for Your Family?

If we’ve learned anything as we’ve gotten older, it’s that we love to be cozy. We’ve moved our sweats and pajamas to the front of our closets, we’ve smothered our couches with comfy pillows and blankets, we’ve thrown some extra logs on the fire and we’ve settled into spending all our time at home.

A single-story timber frame home is the perfect way to create a customized space so you can live your best cozy life forever.

There’s a reason we all talk about “home sweet home.” Being at home should ignite feelings of warmth, happiness, peacefulness, positivity and security, knowing you have created a space of safety and comfort for you and your loved ones.

Speaking of warm and cozy, our beloved Pike's Peak one-story post and beam house plan showcases what your home in the great outdoors could look like.

Do You Want to Highlight the Craftsmanship of Beautiful Timber Frame Joinery?

Timber joinery can be constructed in complex and interesting ways that would make even a builder from centuries ago burst with pride.

For a homeowner with a profound interest in history, displaying custom-crafted, distinctive timber joinery in areas where you entertain guests can be a fun conversation starter.

A perfect backdrop to highlight complex timber joinery is a single-story post and beam home with a lofted ceiling. These spacious, airy designs create an open and expansive feeling, which is a delightful complement to timber joinery accents.

Build Your Warm and Cozy Timber Frame House with Us

As you pondered these questions, you probably realized that creating plans for a one-story timber frame house is a smart (and exciting) investment for you and your family’s future. As you begin this monumental adventure with your loved ones, we encourage you to first take our Timber Style Finder to find out exactly what you prefer.

Getting a team or a guide with expertise and resources to support you can be an investment with incredible monetary and emotional ROI (return on investment.) Obviously, we feel that our decades of industry experience enable us to create artistic one-story timber frame house plans that are built with an in-depth and efficient approach. But, you will want to meet us and verify that for yourself before you trust us to be with you every single step of the way from initial design decisions to installing your stunning timber frame that you will call home in your family for generations to come.

And finally, have these insights been helpful?

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