As you may have seen in our book “The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing” or elsewhere on our website, we’ve broken down timber frame custom designs into 7 unique design styles. These include: Modern, Traditional, Euro, Rustic, Coastal, Classic & Craftsman.
These design styles speak to specifics within the architecture and timber usage in a home or structure. Beyond this delineation of design styles, we have also pinpointed 4 overall classifications that are more general in nature and could include a mixture of design styles within them.
They are: Modest, Sophisticated, Pragmatic & Fortress.
A home or structure with a modest theme will be located in an unpretentious setting, such as a middle class neighborhood or rural setting. The design itself will originally be unimposing and moderate in size, as will the surrounding landscape and environment. Many times, the size of the structure will feel cozy, and furnishings are thoughtfully arranged to maximize the space. A home with a modest theme may have a relaxed or casual feel, which is good because visitors can at once feel at ease and at home. Tones and hues are mostly comfortable, uncluttered, and straightforward.
An elegant feeling to a home is usually found in a prestigious neighborhood or secluded estate – rich, subtle colors and lighting will reflect the occupants’ class and style. This style is not constrained to either large or small, but is more defined by its balance of architecture, tidy surroundings, and richer choice of building materials and colors which convey subtle complexity and elegance. Sophisticated blends well with contemporary. But contemporary style by nature defies a clear and lasting definition. Always on the cutting edge and full of new twists and surprises. No idea for building materials in this category is too strange. Maybe we should just call it construction art!
A project or home with a pragmatic theme is often found in a ranch, country, or farm home. These dwellings are built with industry in mind. Because practicality takes precedence, these simple designs have their own style. This is an honest and straightforward style, in which the reasoning of the builder can be easily retraced. Folks visiting this type of home may feel compelled to roll up their sleeves and “pitch in!”
The planner of a home which has a fortress theme will be a very careful and thorough individual. Exposed to high winds, heavy snow and other natural extremes, these structures need a solid foundation and logical planning to offer a secure abode in harsher elements. The fortress theme is inspiring and encourages guests to congregate and linger, to enjoy the beauty and security of the theme. It is no surprise that many lodges and resorts incorporate this style into their design, as they require more space and are prominent and expansive. Typically, they will have a stout, rustic flavor. Interior design options are not constrained to a certain style, because timbers do not cover the entire wall and ceiling. Faux painting, wall paper, modern art, and a wide range of colors can influence or accentuate your theme for spectacular results.
Building Your Single-Story Timber Frame Dream Home
Post & Beam Timbers | Drying, Species & Shrinkage
7 Reasons You Should Build Green
Are Exposed Beams Directly Linked to Stability?
How to Artistically Mix Logs and Timbers
How to Avoid a Structural 98lb Weakling
Insulation Values Myth: The “R” Fairy Tale
Full Timber Frame, Hybrid Timbers or Small Accents?
I Want It Big! The Veach Home Project
A Brief History and Evolution of Timber Framing
Timber Framing a 10K Sq. Ft. House
3 Unique Approaches to Timber Floor Plans
Differences Between Log, Timber, Post & Beam
8 Timber Mantels - Inspiration Is Easier Than You Think!
The Sherertz Family Project with GRO Outdoor Living
Trial by Fire: The Birth of ATF
Tips and Ideas to Make Timber Maintenance Fun
What Type of Beam Finish is Best for You?
Where To Draw the Line For Timber Decor in Your Home
Timber Framing: Why it's a 'Green' Technique
What It's Like Owning a Giant Sawmill
Videos: A Timber Frame Lakehouse
Video: Couple Decides on Timber Framing
Video: When Feng Shui Goes Wrong!
Structural Lessons from 500-Year Old German Timber Framing