What’s the Real Cost of a Timber Frame Home?

The Real Deal about Cost Per Square Foot:

Coming in with an idea of the square footage of your ideal custom home or cottage is wonderful, but there are some important factors to remember when talking size that can greatly affect the cost of a timber frame home.

 

  • Will you have a finished basement? Basements are generally less expensive to finish than the upper levels of a house, increasing your living space in a cost-effective way.
  • Does your dream home have an attached garage, wrap around deck, or a screened porch? All of these design choices can beautify your home, but they also add cost. These options are not included in the square footage of your home, therefore adding these increases the cost per square foot.

 

There are many different design choices you can make when customizing your custom timber frame home. So, it’s important to understand how these choices impact your cost per square foot. To get a better understanding of how your customized design affects the square foot cost of a timber frame home, download the Timber Frame Homes Construction Guide now.

Factors that Can Affect the Cost of a Timber Frame Home Shell Package:

There are many factors that can influence how affordable timber frame homes can be. We offer several value engineering options for our shell packages in order to meet your timber frame house cost needs. Some of these include:

 

  • Minor changes to the subfloor system,
  • Adjusting the R value (level of insulation) in our wall system, or
  • Choosing from a line of high quality vinyl exterior windows instead of our standard aluminum clad exterior with pine interior windows – they both look great.

 

Normerica offers other value engineering options that can reduce the overall building cost of a timber frame home. Learn more about these options in our Timber Frame Homes Construction Guide, available for download.

Let’s Talk About Site Costs:

Site costs are a big factor, not just in post and beam construction cost, but in the cost of building any new home or cottage. Firstly, don’t forget to factor the cost of land in the area you’re hoping to build into the overall budget for your home.

 

Next, you need to consider whether services run to the property in question. If they don’t, that will increase your construction cost.

 

  • Is that property on municipal sewers and water or will you have to install a septic system and well?
  • Is your site easily accessible from the road or will you have to include the cost of access to your budget?

 

We know that this seems like a lot to consider. These costs can vary greatly depending on where you are building, but a member of the Normerica team can help you understand these costs as they apply to building your custom timber frame home.

Discover the process of building a Normerica timber frame home or cottage

We promise to provide you with a unique custom timber frame home that’s designed to be constructed with a high level of timeline and budget predictability. It’s our goal to not only work with you to create a stunning timber frame home that’s perfect for you and your family, but also to ensure that the entire process from design through construction is as simple as possible for you.

Recent project budget examples

Understanding that there are many factors that will affect the cost of building a custom home, we know that having a realistic budget in mind is crucial when planning to build your dream home.

 

To give you an idea of real construction costs, below you can have a look at the actual costs of four projects, along with a breakdown of some of the key cost-affecting choices that these Normerica homeowners made when designing their custom timber frame homes

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