Deep Creek Lake is considered a four-season paradise. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your Maryland residential or commercial timberframe structure were described the same way? It can happen! With a combination of expertise, creativity, and local knowledge, Steve Richards of Deep Creek Timber Frame and Woodhouse® are transforming timber frame home plans into destinations that swell the soul, not the budget.

With more than 30 years of building experience, Richards knows every aspect of construction. During this time, timber frame structures found a special place in his heart. When he decided to shift from carrying the hammer to selling timber frame home plans and custom designs, he began vetting timber frame companies for a suitable partner. He recognized Woodhouse as something special.

“I’ve built frames for several timber frame companies. When I toured the Woodhouse campus, I was so impressed,” Richards recalls. “I knew they were the one.”


Deep Creek. Deep Connections.

Richards was especially impressed with Woodhouse’s building process and design team. Not only does Woodhouse offer a diverse array of timber frame home plans, but those plans, or any plan, can be augmented and modified to become exactly what a client has always wanted. Under Richards’ guidance, navigating the complex path of property constraints, zoning restrictions, utilities, and the myriad of details that come with home construction become streamlined and simplified. Delays, frustrations, and costly oversights are avoided. It’s an enjoyable experience for clients.

“Steve Richards has deep local connections,” says Don Downs, Woodhouse Regional Project Manager for the Southeast. “He knows all the general contractors, surveyors, building department people, lenders, architects, excavators and who issues the permits. With Steve on your team, you’ll have an expert and confidant by your side. With all the variables of home construction, the benefit he brings is invaluable.”


Deep Creek Timber Frames

In your search for a Maryland timber frame company, the Firewater Restaurant & Bar, a Woodhouse commercial timberframe structure, provides a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the timber frame splendor and natural beauty that Richards and Woodhouse create.

Richards says, “The contractor, RPM Construction, constructed the whole frame, including the structural insulated panels or SIPs. The ease and quality of the Woodhouse system are quite remarkable.”

Timber Frame Restaurant - Maryland - Woodhouse

The restaurant’s gorgeous aesthetic and robust presence are an alluring combination, especially when combined with the 32-foot propane firewall that Richards installed on the deck with the lake view in the background.

“You sit out and enjoy the warmth for more of the year,” Richards says. “It’s a great place to meet!”



Woodhouse and Richards are also busy with residential properties. Recent builds include a modified MountainView timber frame kit, that is aptly situated behind Wisp Ski Resort. A fully custom-designed, 14,000-square foot (including decks and porches) farmhouse style timber frame overlooks the southern end of Deep Creek Lake. A tight, lakeside property with strict setback requirements showcases how Richards and Woodhouse can overcome seemingly impossible challenges. In this case, Woodhouse modified the TimberRidge kit to fit the property’s tricky constraints. Other popular Woodhouse timber frame home styles in Maryland include the Modern Mountain, Mountain Home, and Lake Homes series.

TimberRidge Timber Frame Home from Woodhouse


Your Maryland Timber Frame Company

If you’re interested in building a timber frame structure in Maryland, be sure to contact Steve Richards. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet him at the Firewater for a refreshment where you can experience Woodhouse’s work in person and learn more about the Woodhouse building system.

“Start the timber frame conversation now,” advises Richards. “We are expecting more growth on top of a busy schedule. All you have to do is commit to a pleasant afternoon in paradise.”