Timber Frame Homes & Post and Beam

Custom Timber Frame Homes

Timber framing gives you the flexibility to build the style of mountain home that fits you best — from a rustic heavy timber cabin to a modern architectural masterpiece. Whether you sit by the stone fireplace and gaze up at massive timber trusses or relax in a sophisticated kitchen surrounded by sleek timber frames, you are reminded of the true beauty of nature. At PrecisionCraft, we design luxury timber frame homes that complement natural environments. Our homes have stunning mountain backdrops and are often surrounded by trees in magnificent locations throughout the United States and beyond. With our team of craftsmen, you can design a custom timber frame home that speaks to your love of nature and makes a beautiful getaway.

Characteristics Of A Timber Frame Home

Timber frame homes rely on an all-timber construction method where wooden pieces, like mortise and tenon, are carved and shaped to fit together to form a stable structure. The defining features of custom timber framing include:

  • Timber posts, beams and trusses are square or rectangular
  • All or just part of the entire structure of the home can contain timber framing
  • Timbers can be smooth or texture can be added by adzing
  • Our timbers are connected with shallow mortise and tenons using interior steel pins
  • Timber structures are drawn specifically for each home and can vary in style and density

Timber Frame Home Photos

Timber Frame Designs

If you are interested in a custom-designed timber frame home, PrecisionCraft’s in-house firm, M-T-N Design is a premier timber home designer and can work with you to create a custom layout.

M-T-N Design specializes in luxury mountain home designs that mimic the many textures of nature — from the sharp lines of mountain peaks to the warm, bright sunlight that radiates from the horizon. While the timber frame building style will form the foundation of your custom home, M-T-N Design will use other materials, like stone, shake and large glass windows, to create a space that’s equally rustic and upscale.

Floor Plan Concepts

You can also browse our floor plan gallery to get ideas. Each of our plans were originally imagined using one of our product lines, but ANY of our plans can be redrawn as a timber frame home. Our floor plans can also serve as inspiration for your bespoke design. You might find elements or spaces that reflect your aesthetic preferences but want to build on the idea with additional features. PrecisionCraft is happy to collaborate with you to design your ideal space.

Floor Plan Concepts Custom Design

Building A Timber Frame Home

While our talented designers deliver the specs for your timber frame home, our project management team leads the construction process. Timber frame homes require precision and close attention to detail. The project management team ensures every step goes smoothly and aligns with your design. Key building steps include:

  • Timbers are cut by a CNC machine based on the production drawings created from your original design
  • Trusses are fit by hand in our shop and pre-drilled for the steel pins that will hold the sections together
  • The timber pieces are bunked together and prepared for shipment to the job site
  • PrecisionCraft crews arrive at the site to expertly install the timber structure on the foundation
  • As construction is completed, the steel pins are tightened if necessary and then covered by a wooden peg, hiding them from view

Wood Home Fabrication

Structural Envelope Of A Timber Frame Home

The quality of your construction is just as important as the design. Our structural envelope materials play a critical role in your home’s performance. PrecisionCraft timber frame homes use the best and most efficient building methods to deliver you the highest quality home possible. This includes:

  • ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) in the basement or conditioned crawlspace.
  • Authentic timber framing
  • SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) walls and roof

Structural Shell Energy Efficiency

Timber Framing VS Timber Post And Beam

What is the difference between timber framing and timber post and beam?

  • Many people use the terms interchangeably, however the true terminology describes two different methods for building a timber home.
  • They both use square timbers but how they are connected to each other is different.
  • Post and beam frames are not fit together, instead the beams sit atop the posts or pieces are butted up next to each other and are connected by hardware such as metal plates.
  • Timbers that are cut with mortise and tenons and other joinery methods are fit together to create connections. This is called called timber framing.
  • True timber framing has a very unique look, and usually does not require any exposed metal connections, although decorative metal can be added.

While these two building methods have unique characteristics, they both lend themselves to artistic custom homes inspired by natural environments. PrecisionCraft can also design timber post and beam homes. If you’re interested in the contrasting industrial feel of metal fasteners and attachments, a custom post and beam home is a beautiful option.

Custom Timber Frame Design Process

M-T-N Design is our internal design firm made up of inspired professionals who create your vision from rough sketch to virtual model. Our designers visit your site and learn about the positioning of your custom timber home as well as features you want to include in your final design. After this initial meeting and signing a Design Development Agreement (DDA), our team will get to work.

Conceptualizing your timber frame home takes collaboration. Our designers discuss your style preferences and timeline to create a rough design of your new home. Then, M-T-N Design provides a 3D rendering to showcase your home’s many design elements. With a virtual reality tour, you’ll be able to explore the floor plan and agree to your design before construction begins.

Contact PrecisionCraft for Your Timber Frame Dream Home

PrecisionCraft is a premier designer and producer of luxury timber frame and log homes. With our Total Home SolutionSM, we provide distinctive custom homes from design to final construction. In select locations, we offer design-fabricate-build services where our team handles the construction in addition to design and fabrication.

For home sites outside of our design-fabricate-build region, we have base contract or BuilderSelect™ options. Our project management team is involved at every step to ensure your unique design is brought to life. With BuilderSelect™, we help you find a qualified construction team to complete the job. Our goal is to make your custom home process flow as smoothly as possible. Our selection of construction solutions ensures you receive the support you need.

PrecisionCraft looks forward to partnering with you for your custom timber frame home. Get in touch with us today to begin designing your dream home.

We Build Award Winning Homes

Our team of experts at PrecisionCraft have won many timber home awards, energy efficient awards, design awards, and home distinctions for over a decade and counting. Check out all the awards we’ve won and see why we stand out among the rest.


Check out our most recent awards from 2023:

Tributary Residence: 2023 Excellence in Timber Home Design (2,001 to 3,000 sq.ft.) – NAHB Building Systems Councils

Big Sky Residence: 2023 Excellence in Timber Home Design (3,001 to 4,000 sq.ft.) – NAHB Building Systems Councils

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