Custom Timber Frame Homes

At Woodhouse, our design services have evolved from over 35 years of experience building our clients’ dream homes. We help you through every step of the process, from providing you with tools for inspiration to making sure you truly see your design before you start building. By first visiting your land and then working closely with you to understand all of your wants and needs, we can ensure that we will design the home of your dreams.

Designing Your Custom Home

Considerations to Make When Building a Custom Home:


Placement of your Timber Frame home is key, as a home that is naturally beautiful draws inspiration from its setting. Our expert design team works closely with you and your property to create a truly functional home on your site.


Let us know your dream and we will work with you to create a home within your budget. Remember that simplicity saves and complexity costs. We’ll help you find the balance.

Architecture style

Barn home, mountain home, or something in between? We are experts at customizing homes based on your preferred style.


Everybody uses their home differently. That is why Woodhouse works closely with you to understand what is most important to you so we can design a home based on your needs.

Design Your Dream Home

Be Inspired

Planning your timber frame legacy home can be a lot of fun! We’ll help you define your dream. There are so many ways to get inspired. Browse our several pre-designed home floor plans, photos, and fly-through videos to get a sense of your favorites. And don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram for daily inspiration. When you gather your research, show us your style and we’ll get started on designing your dream home.

Design Your Dream Home

The Woodhouse team will ensure that they are building the home of your dreams. In addition to having an expert regional project manager helping you define your dream, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our design team regularly.

See it before you build it

After our design team defines your dream with you, they will provide you with blue prints, floor plans, and state of the art 3D fly-through videos so that you can see the vision clearly before you start building. When all is ready to go, you can watch your dream home come to life in front of you.

We’re here for you

Building your legacy home is a big deal, which is why it’s important to have an expert team with you during every step of the way, even before you sign a contract with us. Our regional project managers are top experts in the industry and are here for you every step of the way; from the beginning to end. You can visit the Woodhouse campus and guest suite to learn about the building process. In the meantime, check out the many educational resources we offer on our website.

Custom Design Questions

How is the Woodhouse Design process different from working with a full-service architectural design company?
Woodhouse and other full-service architectural design firms will provide a substantial set of technical drawings of your building project. These architectural drawings are necessary for two reasons: 1) you can’t get your building permits without them, and 2) your builder needs them to know what to actually build. A full-service architecture firms will charge you 10% of the constructed value of your home. So, a $1 million home would cost about $100,000 for services.

At Woodhouse, we use what we refer to as “pragmatic architecture.” With over 38 years and almost 1,000 homes under our belts, we have found a level of drawings that works well to balance the design costs with the true needs of a competent general contractor – hence the word “pragmatic.” You’ll still get a fully comprehensive and substantial set of architectural drawings, but with our “pragmatic” approach, you’ll pay a lot less than what the “other guys” will charge.

How does Woodhouse take the information given to them by a client and transform it into a successful design?
When starting a design, we use a balanced approach to make sure that all the homeowners’ needs – functionality, looks, money, and time – are addressed equally.
Do we need to use one of the floor plans from your website?
Not at all! Woodhouse offers both pre-design and custom design services. Clients who opt for our pre-design service can use our house plans as a starting point for their unique design ideas. Our custom design service allows clients to create their design concepts completely from scratch. Whatever your needs, we have the perfect levels of service to design the home of your dreams. Contact the Regional Project Manager for your area today for more information.
Can we get similar 3D images we see on the website created for our own project?
Yes! We offer 3D images as part of our Pre-design and custom design services to help you visualize your project before it is built. You can choose 3D images of either the schematic/conceptual design stage or the construction drawing stage. We can even include your building site in the 3D imagery – just provide us the site address!
What if we want our home to accommodate special living requirements, like aging in place?
How you intend to live in your home is just as important as the design and layout of your home. This is why we start each construction project with our extensive client questionnaire that is customized to fully understand what is most important to you. Whatever living requirements you would like for your home, whether its’s aging in place, ADA compliance, or even just accommodating all 20 members of your family for Thanksgiving dinner, our highly skilled design team can incorporate any of your special needs.
How many changes can I make during the design process?
We understand how hard it can be to match the design on paper to the vision that’s in your head. So, we allow up to 3 revisions with our custom design package. Each of our sketch sets comes with illustrations of several design and construction elements to help you better visualize your dream home. In addition to floor plans, geographic elevations, and square footage calculations, we also include visual aids such as timber frame isometrics, 3-D fly throughs and 360 panoramas. Our cost estimate will be updated with each change to help you keep track of your budget.
What if my development (zoning has strict visual guidelines for the appearance
Well, it’s a good thing you’re building a timber frame home, since you can use literally any exterior building material for your home. Whether you want an authentic New England shingle style or a cutting-edge modern home – our design team has you covered.
How can I get in touch with Woodhouse if I am located in a different state?
It doesn’t matter if you are building in Pennsylvania, California, or any state in between. Our design team uses the latest technology to allow you, the builder, and our design team to meet without having to leave your home or office. We use a wide range of videoconferencing tools (Go-to-Meeting, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.) to facilitate meetings whenever you need them.
Do I need any special technology to download and view my home designs?
We know that you are going to be so excited with designing your new dream home that you’ll watch the 3D fly through over and over again until 3am! This is why we share all your home drawings via Google Drive, allowing you to access it at any time, on any device. With your phone or tablet, you can use the 360° panoramic to get a feel of what it will be like to stand in the great room of your new home, before you move in.

Woodhouse Design Studio – VR Tour

VR Tour Navigation Instructions:

  • Use arrow keys on keyboard to move forward/back, left/right
  • Use the mouse to look up or down, move left/right
  • Move forward by clicking on a pathway ring.
  • Full screen-lower right icon.