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Since Normerica introduced our design registration process we have been capturing favourites from our visitors who select favourites when on the design site. For some time we have seen a trend towards smaller cottages that are tastefully decorated . Our current Top 10 design favourites...

THE TOP SEVEN WAYS There are many things to consider when you are building a new cottage. Building a cottage instead of buying an existing one can be a daunting task. But if you consider these aspects of your project and ideally, address them before construction...

The Baril 3514 We have a new entry in our Top 10 designs as selected by people who register on the design section of our website The Baril 3514 is a great bungalow that was first built in Northern Ontario. It has been used in many of...

What is the fuss about trusses? Trusses can be either structural (load bearing) or non-structural (decorative). Many trusses can be used in either application but for structural use, additional joinery/tie-in applications are required to bear the load. Structural trusses are used to eliminate the need for...

The Super Insulated Wall System In a very competitive building environment, we are constantly asked “what is your competitive advantage” or “what is your value proposition?” and “why should we consider Normerica over your competitors?” While we pride ourselves in our design, manufacturing and building beautiful...

A timber frame building in a winter setting is something quite special. Whether you are sitting by a roaring fire in your own home or skiing at your favorite hill, there is a serenity and beauty of timber frame living in our Canadian winters. As we...

While I enjoy writing about the timber frame industry and lifestyle, I think sometimes it is interesting to find out something about the people who are involved in this business, and specifically, Normerica. You have already met David McFarlane, our President and have heard from...

Ok, so you have built a timber frame home. The exposed posts and beams, the great room WOW factor, timber frame components and expansive views look spectacular! This is exactly what you had hoped for! Now the big question is: how do I decorate the space? There...

Your decision to build a timber frame home or any custom home for that matter, is a life changing decision. For many people, it takes months and even years of planning to get to the point when they decide “Let’s build a new timber frame...

Over the past 25 or 30 years, cottage country in Ontario saw a significant movement to sprawling, gorgeous custom homes, many of which were timber frame, log, as well as traditional stick frame homes. All of these are beautiful in their own right and reflect...

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