What is a timber frame home?

Log homes are beautiful structures, whether they are magnificent mansions or cozy cabins tucked into the woods. Log homes are not only an architectural preference but a lifestyle. While timber frame homes share a variety of characteristics with log homes, they are unique in several ways.

Timber Frame Construction

The construction of a timber frame home is unlike any other home. It is in a league different than log home construction and a world away from a traditional stick-built home. A timber frame home is not simply fastened together with a hammer or held in place by a nail gun. The beams are not bolted together with large gusset plates, and the walls are not held together with lag bolts.

A timber frame home is precision crafted so that each piece fits together perfectly as part of an ornate puzzle. The primary beams are mortised to fit exactly and secondary beams are notched, drilled and held in place with wooden pegs to secure the structure together. Each piece depends on another to form the sturdy framework of your home.

Timber Frame Structure

Unlike a log home where the walls are laid one course on top of another, timber frame homes are built around individual timbers which provide the skeleton for the structure. These strong and sturdy beams can range in size and can be flat, milled timbers, or they can have a more rough-hewn appearance to them, depending on the taste of the homeowner.

Timber frame homes open up a wealth of construction and aesthetic possibilities to a homeowner. These walls can be built with a wide variety of insulation values and are built on-site using traditional framing or construction practices.

Timber Frame Appearance

One of the most notable qualities of a timber frame home is its appearance. A timber frame homeowner can choose a variety of materials to represent in the interior and exterior surfaces of the home. Some exterior examples include brick, cedar shake, stone, board and batten, and even vinyl or log siding, to name a few. Additionally, the interior walls can be tongue-and-groove wood, stone, drywall, or any mixture of materials. When it comes to getting the perfect look you want, the possibilities are endless.

In the end, a timber frame home is a masterpiece of craftsmanship, style, and personal taste. It is truly immeasurable beauty.

Timberhaven Offers

Timber Framed Construction

  • All material to be pre-cut with mortise and tenon or dovetail joinery.
  • Wood pegs and mechanical fasteners are used to secure the beams in place.

Timber Accents Construction

  • Materials are not pre-cut.
  • Mechanical fasteners and gusset plates or wood pegs are used to secure the beams in place.

Post & Beam Construction

  • All material to be pre-cut with end cuts as required based on design.
  • Mechanical fasteners and gusset plates are used to secure the beams in place.

Timber Frame Home Plans

Sophistication, elegance, and functionality are the cornerstones of these new Timberhaven timber frame home designs. Meticulously planned and skillfully crafted, these models will exceed your expactations of what a true timber frame home can be.


Timber Frame Home Plan - Craftsman

The Craftsman

Cozy with a bit of rugged charm, the Craftsman is perfect as a getaway retreat or for those looking to reduce their footprint.

Total: 1,473 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2

Timber Frame Home Plan - Legacy

The Legacy

With a touch of elegance, the Legacy model delivers a spacious feel without sacrificing functionality and convenience.

Total: 3,754 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5

Timber Frame Home Plan - Heritage

The Heritage

Incorporating elements of old world charm, the Heritage model boasts a clean, open floor plan design while retaining a cozy feel.

Total: 2,884 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3

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Just like the masters of old, true perfection comes not through machines and automation but through sweat and toil of human hands, spurred onward by a vision deep within. At Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, we share this same purpose and dedication, a singular vision to craft the most beautiful timber frame homes, uniquely shaped and formed for you and your lifestyle.


Timber Frame Homes For Sale


A well-oiled machine would not work well if it was not built to exact specifications. In the same way, Timberhaven's timber frame homes require a lot of specific detail to be sure everything fits perfectly during construction.

No amount of planning and design can take the place of dedication in the workshop, shaping your timber frame home into a piece of architectural beauty.


Timber Frame Home Plans
Timber Frame Advantages


Our specialized timber frame crafters have perfected their skills over decades in the log home industry. This is not their first home, and it will not be their last.

There is no way that you can substitute the experience or replace the expertise of our timber frame home builders.


Timber Frame Home Advantages


Just like a potter who molds a fine vase, our timber frame crafters deliberately shape your timber frame home as only someone with a lifetime of knowledge and dedicated experience can do.

The Timberhaven Difference

When you look to build a home, you look first to those with experience and a proven track record of excellence. Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes is committed to that excellence, and we have the years of experience to prove it.


The Timberhaven staff has the knowledge and experience to meet our customers' varied needs. Our methods and techniques have been proven time and time again to a solid advantage in the custom home industry.

Engineered Beams & Timbers

Our kiln-dried engineered beams and timbers offer a superior product at a great price. These timbers are created by taking individual boards and laminating them together in a radio frequency dryer to create a complete timber. These timbers are then cut and milled to the specifications for your home. This process results in the most stable, virtually check free, high grade log available in the market.  We are very proud to offer this high quality and truly unique product to the log home and log cabin market.

The benefits include:

  1. Engineered logs provide virtually no checking
  2. Engineered logs are dryer than a solid log with an average 9% moisture content
  3. Engineered logs have a more refined appearance - accepts stain and preservative the same as the conventional log and beams
  4. Engineered logs are stronger - As a laminated product, the alternating grain of the individual plies provides significant strength and stability to each of the laminated log cants, providing stronger and straighter logs than a solid log of the same species and dimensions.
  5. Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes' engineered logs are a superior product at a solid log price!

Kiln-Dried Timbers

Many manufacturers claim to offer kiln-dried products, but few of them meet the specifications that Timberhaven requires. Our timbers are required to undergo a closely-monitored drying process during which large amounts of water are removed from the wood. Kiln-drying also sanitizes the timbers by killing off insects and larvae which burrow into the wood. This process minimizes future problems that can arise from timbers slowly drying over time – shrinking, cracking, warping, and twisting – which is important because of the tight specifications to which the home is built.

Service You Can Count On

Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes has a reputation for providing incredible service and support – before, during and after your timber frame home is built.

Local Representatives

At Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, we understand the importance of working with a local sales professional who knows your needs better than anyone else. We don't believe in simply making a sale – we value relationships. Our large network of the industry’s best and most knowledgeable representatives will be there with you every step of the way, from the first steps of planning to the finishing touches of construction.

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As a thank you, we would like to offer you our FREE timber frame homes ebooklet so you can enjoy the beauty as much as we do!

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Contact Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes

At Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, we are ready to work with you. No question is insignificant, no dream unreachable. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff is willing to help you take the first step to building your forever home.

Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, LLC

1081 Salem Church Road
Middleburg, PA 17842


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