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The Real Cost of Building a Timber Frame Home

Jun 7, 2018 3:35:25 PM / by David McFarlane

Are you thinking of building a Timber Frame Home? There are many different design choices you can make when customizing your timber frame home package, and understanding how your customized design affects the cost of your build is very important.

 Timber Frame homes may look like any other home from the outside but they can be extraordinary on the inside. If you are thinking of taking a next step and moving into a timber frame home, here are some benefits of choosing timber frame:

1. Aesthetics

Wood framed homes and cottages offer stunning, undeniable beauty. Superior post and beam construction methods gives you freedom from traditional load-bearing walls, giving you the ability to truly design a space that’s beautiful and functional for your family.

2. Quick Construction

Timber is light and easy to install and requires very simple equipment to put together. This makes the construction period shorter and more efficient, reducing the energy needed for construction.

3. Sustainability

If you’re interested in reducing your energy bills and your carbon footprint, a timber framed home is definitely an energy efficient option. Our industry-leading super-insulated, prefabricated homes wall and roof system delivers peace of mind when it comes to heating and cooling your home.

4. Durability

Timber frame homes have a long lifespan. The wood is well-maintained and protected against moisture damage and pests, giving it a longer life cycle than most other materials.

Now that you know the benefits of building a timber framed home, you might be asking yourself: How much will my new home cost? There are many factors that can put a price in a house, but the primary factors generally dictate the cost of the project are: the size of your home, the location of your home and the type of timber you choose for your home. It is important to have a specialist that can help you understand all the processes of building a timber frame home and the options that can reduce the overall cost of building a house.

 Site Costs: An Important Factor!

Site costs are a big factor, not just in post and beam construction cost, but in the cost of building any new home or cottage. Firstly, don’t forget to factor the cost of land in the area you’re hoping to build into the overall budget for your home.

Next, you need to consider whether services run to the property in question. If they don’t, that will increase your construction cost.

 * Is that property on municipal sewers and water or will you have to install a septic system and well?

* Is your site easily accessible from the road or will you have to include the cost of access to your budget?

 These costs can vary greatly depending on where you are building, but a member of the Normerica team can help you understand these costs as they apply to building your custom timber frame home.

To give you an idea of real construction costs, have a look at the actual costs of four projects by clicking the images below. Each sample also shows a breakdown of some of the key cost-affecting choices that these Normerica homeowners made when designing their custom timber frame homes :

 

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Normerica offers value engineering options that can reduce the overall building cost of a timber frame home. Learn more about these options in our Timber Frame Homes Construction Guide, available for download.

 

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About Normerica

Since 1979, Normerica has created the highest quality timber frame homes and buildings across North America and around the world. Our decades of timber frame experience and expert in-house design capabilities have given us the ability to offer a high level of customization and design flexibility – a key advantage of timber frame homes and post and beam construction. 

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