Timber Frame vs Log Homes
Log Home and Timber Frame Construction: What Are The Differences?
Log home and timber frame home construction represent two very different styles of homes. The purpose of this page is to help educate you on the differences between styles.
Log Home Construction
- The exteriors cannot be finished with siding, brick or stone.
- The interior walls are the logs themselves. No flexible design options.
- These types of homes are difficult to wire for electricity.
Timber Frame Construction
- Exteriors can be finished in any way you wish including wood siding, composite siding, brick, stone or even log siding.
- Interior walls offer very flexible design options.
- This style is easy to wire for electricity.
- Requires no more maintenance than a conventionally built home.
We began our tradition of crafting the very best timber frame and post and beam homes in 1979. By using the finest materials and providing the highest level of personal service Woodhouse® The Timber Frame Company has set the industry standard for quality and client satisfaction in timber frame home design.
If you are drawn to timber framed homes, then you probably already know that this form of construction was the dominant building technology from the Greek and Roman Empires all the way to the late 19th century. But what you probably didn’t know is that timber frame structures have withstood all that Mother Nature can throw at them, all over the globe, for thousands of years.
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Log homes and timber frame homes may sound similar, but in comparison they look very different. Both offer the rustic beauty of wood that appeals to many homeowners, yet each style has unique advantages and limitations. If you love the idea of building your future home with wood, take a look at the differences between log and timber frame homes:
Most custom homes, whether they are log or frame, will cost between 10% and 30% more than an equivalent conventionally built house. Around 50-60% of the costs are in the functional areas of the home – kitchens, bathrooms, mechanicals, floors, cabinets, masonry work, fixtures, closets, appliances, trim, stairs, paint, counters, gutters, hot water, dimmers, and everything else in between!
Timber Frame homes are built to last, and their strength and durability make them the perfect legacy home to be enjoyed by you and generations to come. Timber frame homes have withstood the test of time for centuries in locations across the globe. Timber frame homes are more resistant to the effects of the outside elements and potential disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, heavy snow, and tornadoes