Building a timber frame home is a lot like dating: You want the total package. We’re talking looks, brains, a sense of humor and a willingness to put up with that annoying little habit of yours. (C’mon, you know which one.) But once you find your soul mate, chances are you’ll live together forever.Same goes for selecting a timber frame home package. There are plenty out thereand they vary widely from one company to another. That’s not to say one company’s packages are better than another’s. You just have to play the field a bit to determine which one is right for you.
For starters, consider how you want to build your home. Do you already have an architect in mind, or will you need a timber frame company that offers design services? Do you want to shop around for your own windows and doors, or do you want them delivered with your post and beam home? Are you sold on one type of structural insulated panel to enclose your home, or are you open to suggestions? Once you make these basic choices, you’re one big step closer to finding The One.
Inside, you’ll have many other choices to make. You may decide to have multiple partition walls or just a few. You may opt for hundreds of feet of electrical wiring and plumbing or just short runs. And, of course, you’ll need to decide on fixtures, cabinetry, appliances, countertops, closet doors and flooring.
But note: these supplies can take many routes to get to your construction project. Some timber frame packages are all-inclusive; others are not. When comparison-shopping, it’s essential to evaluate which package will work best with your design, timeline and budget.
Estimated Time of Arrival
Your general contractor, who orchestrates the comings and goings of the subcontractors, also must understand the package-shipment schedule. This professional should plan to have the foundation and deck ready by the frame- raising date and should know when the frame will be enclosed.
A Marriage of Sorts
When decision time rolls around, make sure you understand what’s included in each package. And trust your gut about the people behind the packages. Just like in dating, you’ll eventually find someone with that perfect blend of character and chemistry. Then it’s time to build a house together.
To read the full story on finding the perfect package, see the Annual Buyer’s Guide issue of Timber Frame Homes Magazine.