Your Guide to a Timber Frame Home Kit

Clients who choose Woodhouse timber frame homes report a higher sense of peace and tranquility that conventional homes can’t duplicate. One of our recent clients described the feeling as “angels in the architecture.”

What is a Timber Frame Home Kit?

A timber frame kit is more commonly known as a timber frame home package and is also known as a building system. The goal of the timber frame kit is to provide the basis for the home design and potentially the engineering of the home as well. Early timber frame building systems were often referred to as timber frame kits, giving a nod to the early days of building systems known as home kits.

What’s in the Time Frame Home Kit?

Your Woodhouse home package or timber frame kit starts with the design of your new home. This process starts with an architectural design interview, conducted between you and your regional project manager or your independent builder-dealer. This interview process has been developed over many years of client interaction. Once completed, it will aid our designers in creating your dream home design in the fastest
time frame possible. If you have a collection of photos you’ve gathered, this is the time to share them with us.

Time to Complete the Design Phase

Typically the design phase takes anywhere from three to six months, depending on the number of revisions and modifications. Starting with one of our proven designs in our library that have been built many times before, can speed up this process dramatically.

What’s Included in the Design

Your design will include a variety of services and floor plan iterations. Whether you are beginning the process with one of the proven designs from our catalogue or a fully custom design, your design agreement will spell out what is included in the process. For both our proven designs or fully custom projects the process culminates with ¼-scale drawings that define the project and set the stage for creation of construction drawings.

Completing Construction Drawings

These construction drawings are created after all changes to the ¼-scale drawings are completed. These drawings will provide you and your builder with all the details necessary to put an exact price on your home, as well as how to put it together on your building site. In contrast to conventional construction where the plans don’t explain how to frame the home, our construction drawings show your builder exactly how to put your new home together. Every timber in the frame and all panels to enclose the frame are lettered and numbered to correspond with the construction drawings, so there’s no confusion. This speeds up how fast the building goes up onsite, saving our clients’ money, and ensuring quality construction that will stand the test of time.

Speed and Simplicity Saves Money

Our clients are often delighted to learn that timber frame homes are far simpler than conventional homes to build. The entire skeleton of modern timber frame homes—sometimes referred to as timber frame home kits—can have fewer than 200 individual timbers, compared to thousands of dimensional lumber pieces in a conventional home. This simplicity is part of its appeal. Less is more.

Another upside? The entire frame can be erected in a matter of days, saving time and money. Consider this when evaluating timber frame home prices.

What’s Delivered to the Building Site?

Woodhouse timber frame home kits or packages delivered to your building site consist of the wood frame and the enclosure system around the frame, as well as windows, doors and all specialty fasteners and nailers to enclose the home. Woodhouse uses structural insulated panels or SIPs to enclose our frames. Your project manager at Woodhouse will arrange for the delivery of the SIPs to arrive at your building site after the timber frame has been raised into place. SIPs are precisely cut with CNC machines (Computer Numerically Controlled) to fit your frame’s exact design.

Panels are numbered to correspond to your home’s design with patented locking system installed on each panel, so your home will go together quickly—usually within a week or two, depending on the size of your home and the number of workers in the building crew. It’s a building system that produces minimal waste and creates a home that extremely energy efficient—so efficient that an air-to-air heat exchanger is needed to ventilate your home after it’s complete.

Open Floor Plans Come Standard

If you visit Woodhouse’s extensive library of designs, you will discover that today’s timber frame house plans invariably are designed with open floor plans. Interior load bearing walls are not needed because the massive frame does all the structural work. Our library includes a variety of square footage sizes to meet different budgets, including:

The Brookside

The 844-square-foot Brookside features open floor plan with two bathrooms, one bedroom downstairs and one sleeping loft upstairs. The one pitch roof and a sleek exterior create contemporary feel. This design is a perfect weekend retreat.

The CedarSprings

At 1,314-square-feet in size, the CedarSprings features an open floor plan with great room, dining room, kitchen, mudroom and master suite on the main floor. Upstairs are another bedroom, flexible loft space and a full bath. If you’re seeking a design to age in place in a Cape Cod-style design, the CedarSprings checks every box.

The Ketchum

The Ketchum: The 3,109-square-foot Ketchum is a unique design with three different sections of the home connected by breezeways. The open floor plan with three bedrooms and two full baths makes this design perfect if you are building on a site with great views.

Advantages of Using Proven Designs

  • Woodhouse home plans are designed for efficiency and economical material use. By using one of these proven designs that have been built many times over you can: Reduce costs by as much as 25% over a custom design.
  • Save time that would otherwise be spent on design and engineering a custom plan.
  • Save even more time because these designs will meet local building codes.

How Do I Get Started?

Buying and building your dream home is exciting. Because this is one of the largest investments in your life, it can also cause a lot of anxiety. You don’t want to waste money or look foolish in front of your family. Our project managers will walk you through the process and help you make wise decisions.

  • Key Steps to Building Your Dream Home
  • Review your budget
  • Establish general timelines
  • Discuss design vision and needs
  • Visit your building site
  • Assign a project manager to your project
  • Craft the perfect design
  • Help you select a contractor to turnkey your home
  • Finalize construction schedule with contractor
  • Get construction ready
  • Finalize land purchase
  • Meet with lender and finalize budget
  • Create final construction drawings
  • Create mechanical systems specifications
  • Contractor obtains building permits
  • Contractor starts site improvements
  • Woodhouse fabricates Timber Frame & SIP Enclosure System
  • Contractor excavates and installs foundation and utilities
  • Project manager coordinate delivery of timber frame and SIPs to your building
  • Installation of Timber Frame & SIP Enclosure System
  • Contractor completes turnkey finishes
  • You move in!

Contact Woodhouse to get started on your dream home. Before you know it, you and your whole family will feel those angels in the architecture for yourselves.