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What’s Better? Log Home or Timber Frame Construction?

So you’ve decided to build a custom home with the enduring strength and beauty of wood. We’re big believers in what happens when you build a custom home made of wood.  But now you have a key question in front of you: should you build a log home or choose a timber frame construction?

Over the years, several people have attempted to define the differences between the two. In this blog post, we’ll summarize those comparisons.

Interior vs. Exterior, Log Home vs Timber Frame:

Most writers on the subject agree that the single, biggest difference between log and timber frame homes is exterior vs. interior design flexibility.

It is clear that log homes have a rugged beauty that appeals to many people who love the idea of building with wood and the final result you get. But with most log homes, what you see on the outside is pretty much what you will expect to see on the inside.

Log Home Exterior Design:

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Timber frame homes on the other hand allow the owner to express his or her style differently externally while letting the true rustic beauty of timber show itself inside the home. With timber frame homes, it’s inside where the true beauty of exposed heavy timbers is revealed.

For example, how many would think that this…

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Would also be this…

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The Brennan design shown above (you can see it and 50 other custom and cottage designs on our site) also demonstrates the ability of timber frame construction to create expansive great rooms in the interior of the home with walls of windows that allow unobstructed views of the land, lake or mountains. This dramatic inside out perspective for family & guests is the “WOW” factor that separates most timber frame designs from log homes.

Enter The Hybrid: The Modern Timber Frame Home Design

It is often said that people either love the look of exposed timbers or they don’t.

Another factor is consider when you make your decision is that historically, timber frame and log home construction had a significant focus on wood in the interior of the home vs. the traditional ‘stick-built’ construction of the average home where



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