Designing your new timber frame home is a journey of sorts. You’ll bring
all the luggage you’ve gathered along the way. Homes you’ve seen on
television shows, homes you’ve seen in magazines, homes you’ve
driven past, homes you’ve lived in and visited…they’re all packed neatly
away, waiting to be sorted and reviewed upon arrival at the design desk.
This is where the fun begins. The kitchen you loved when you visited a
friend in the mountains may not fit into the bungalow you envisioned
when you thought about driving up the driveway each day. That great
Roman tub set up on a granite platform…beautiful in the magazine, but it
might not work in your master bath.
Form follows function. That’s the architectural rule and it’s as true today
as it was in 1852 when sculptor Horatio Greenough used it in speaking
of the organic principals of architecture. Architect Louis Sullivan
expanded it to “form ever follow function” in 1896 and that’s the rule.
So, you lay out all the pictures, ideas, and suggestions you brought on
this journey and you begin with what’s important. You consider the
space and how you’ll use it as you begin to lay out your timber frame
floor plan. You talk about the site and the budget …they are critical to
this journey. You discuss the way you’ll live and how this home will
serve you. Your house plan will address your lifestyle long before it can
be tweaked to address the style you’ll see when you drive up your
Timber frame house plans are similar to regular plans, but without the
restrictions that bearing walls bring to the table. They are much easier
to work with and much more flexible. As you begin this journey, you’ll
appreciate that difference.
As you fit your “baggage” into the plan, you’ll find some pieces work
and some don’t. You’ll find that there are ways to make the important
things come together in creative and exciting ways. You new home plan
will gradually become “your” home.
The design team you choose to work with will be critical as you move
forward. They can’t take your ideas, pull them together and say “this is
what you asked for”. They have to be unafraid to step out and make
suggestions. They need to pull from their experience with other
homeowners and most of all they need to listen. So take that first step
and begin your journey. It will be the trip of a lifetime.
Give me a call. I’d be pleased to talk with you and to tell you about my
own experience in designing my dream home and to help you begin
Just email me or give me a call at 828-524-8662.