Timber frames lend themselves to any type of home, single story, two story, or story and a half. You’ll make the decision on which works for you as you consider your lifestyle and the style of home you want.
We are often questioned about the feasibility of having our bedroom upstairs in our new timber frame home. This wasn’t a decision we made without much thought. While we can easily go upstairs today, there may be a day when it isn’t so easy (however, I had two lovely little ladies in their nineties who didn’t hesitate to go upstairs).
By locating our bedroom upstairs, we were able to maintain a small footprint and still make the first floor accessible to anyone in a wheelchair. This was important to us.
The upstairs space in our small home offers space for a “reading nook” where we can sit quietly and enjoy a book without being isolated from everyone else. Our loft will soon have bookcases, floor to ceiling, to house the books I’ve insisted we box up and move around with us over the years. And our bedroom suite (well, maybe not quite grand enough to be a suite, but our version of one) is upstairs, offering a respite from a day’s work.
We also wanted a home that was more cottage and bungalow than a sprawling ranch. Our home sits on the site of a home that was built in 1923. The older home just didn’t survive the years well. We hope that our home will sit here for centuries and will be enjoyed by many people, young and old. We designed it to sit almost exactly on the existing footprint. There was reason they built there in 1923.
So, stairs can be incorporated into today’s lifestyle and first floor living can be planned for later.
Just remember to “Build Boldly”.