or most of us, our love affair with timber frames began at first sight. That love often becomes a passion that causes us to dream, plan and save for years. For me, as a professional interior designer, it was a growing infatuation with living in-not just with-a piece of finely crafted furniture. The thought of having a home with chiseled architectural details embellished with comfortable and interesting items fulfills a longing for quality, integrity and longevity.
For 24 years, I’ve been preaching the merits of showing your family’s lifestyle, interests and values in your home. I began to wonder why we had so many choices available in furniture and accessories and yet the housing to put them in looked like so much sterile sameness. In timber frames, the infinite variety of wood species, timber joinery and artisan touches all work together to become a very personal expression. Your timber frame home becomes whatever you want it to be, always makes you look good, gives you long-term savings, is low-maintenance and serves faithfully for generations.
In planning Home On the Hill, a timber frame idea and design center in Cedar Hill, Texas, we wanted to demonstrate timber frames’ flexibility and adaptability to individual style. Working closely with the staff of Thistlewood Timber Frame Homes, including designer Mark Webb and owner Scott Murray, a plan was devised for a building with several different baysâall completely uniqueâto spark the design imagination. Each bay, or section, would highlight different joinery, wood species and room styles so those who’d like to build a timber frame could envision their own dream home.
Story by Mary Sorenson