Once you’ve chosen to go with the beauty and craftsmanship afforded by post and beam homes, you want everything to be perfect, right? It all starts with design, and there are some specific considerations to keep in mind for timber framed homes.
First of all, examine your site, if it’s already been purchased. If not, then purchase a site with a timber home in mind. Consider orientation on the property – do you want southern exposure? Sounds coming from the environment, such as traffic, may be a factor. And then there’s the view. For many people, this is a primary consideration. Taking these factors into account first will save you having to make changes to your plans later.
Consider your lifestyle. Are you a homebody? Do family members have a say in the design? Are you a black lace and tuxedo personality or more comfortable in coveralls with dirt from the garden under your fingernails? Entertainer, or not so much? All of these things will influence the floor design of post and beam homes. Floor plans will accommodate a tiny dwelling or one with thousands of square feet in timber framed homes. Keep in mind, bigger means more expensive. With the help of a professional, draw a picture of how you envision the rooms to be placed and connect. You may want lots of open space, but not so for private rooms like baths and bedrooms. Again, planning ahead will save costly changes later on.
While for many of us, our taste exceeds our budget, it is possible to have a lovely timber home at a price you can afford. Learn to compromise needs and wants, considering size and materials. Don’t skimp on doors and windows though. Timber framed homes come in virtually any style, so you might be able to save on size and not forsake style, or visa versa. Post and beam homes can be huge but you may have to rethink your style. With these many considerations in mind, it’s not only possible to have your perfect timber home, but it could be just a matter of picking up the phone today!