Natural Element Timber Frame Homes

Warmth, strength and security: The hallmark of timber frame construction is the joy of homeowners.

Utilizing timber post and beam, with wood joinery held in place by wooden pegs, timber frame structures are made to last hundreds of years. Allowing the homeowner to vary the wood look throughout the home, timber frame uses a mixture of wood species, finishes, spacing, design, and other finish materials to create a strikingly beautiful, energy efficient, building system.

Timber frame construction itself is a centuries old art form. Historic yet modern, timber frame homes offer a best-of-both-worlds experience. The style itself is a timeless architectural form anchored in antiquity; however, the exposed posts and beams distinctly express 21st century elegance. The timber frame is an intricate web of parts that both support and beautify a home – every piece is as necessary to the structure as it is to the style.

We offer two methods of crafting your one-of-a-kind timber frame structure.

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The Amish-made Timber Frame Experience

Our entire Amish Timber Frame team has been timber framers their whole lives – it’s quite literally a part of their culture. The team is a family-run Amish business – they all grew up raising frames, and have a focused passion for what they do that creates unrivaled quality. Centuries ago, Amish communities embraced timber framing and timber frame living as a defining example of their values: community (a way to work together), lasting quality (a home to be enjoyed for generations), and of course, a calming simplicity.  Now you too can experience this passionate pursuit.

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Old World Craft – Modern Computer Control

Our Precision Milled Timber Frames are manufactured in our factory network using computer-controlled machines to create meticulously-cut solid wood timbers with mortise-and-tenon joinery. The joinery allows the specific timber pieces to be joined together with wooden pegs. If you enjoy viewing perfection, this cutting system achieves unbelievable results. The Hundegger K2i is a computer-driven CNC machine that uses CAD drawings, robotic arms, and a variety of heads and bits to precision-cut the intricate parts and pieces that make up the timber frame.

We offer two types of Natural Element Timber Frame homes:

In a True Timber Frame home, the timber frame is the structural skeleton of the home. The timber frame is wrapped with SIPs (structural insulated panels) that span the large spaces between each timber of the frame and are known for their superior insulation capabilities. The true timber frame home may required more specialized labor and front-end costs and is generally the most costly option.

  • Structural timber frame skeleton provides the structure of the home
  • Timber frame throughout the entire home
  • SIP Panel exterior enclosure

In a Hybrid Timber Frame home, a conventionally-built, stick frame enclosure provides the structure of the home.  Timber frame may be used in parts of the home in a structural or decorative manner along with timber trusses, timber accents and beams, and other decorative components. The hybrid timber frame is typically more cost effective and offers maximum design flexibility.

  • Conventional stick-built enclosure provides the structure of the home
  • Structural or decorative timber frame in parts of the home
  • Timber trusses, accents and decorative components used