Archive for the ‘Timber Frame Homes’ Category

The Many Locations of the Crested Butte

Friday, December 16th, 2011

PrecisionCraft’s award-winning log and timber home floor plans not only embody quality craftsmanship and unparalleled designs, but are architectural creations that inspire homebuilders across the country and beyond. M.T.N Design’s Crested Butte plan is an exceptional example that has captured the hearts and minds of people in every region of the United States as well as regions throughout the world, and has spurred them to build versions of it that fit their land, style and architectural needs while still retaining the essence of the design that first caught their eye.

The Crested Butte is a hybrid design that mixes log walls, timber, siding, rock, metal and glass. It is a true Mountain-style home design that has inspired many. Here are just a few adaptations that we have built over the course of the last few years:

North Carolina Built on a North Carolina lakeshore, this version of the Crested Butte was built to emphasis the size of the plan. The homeowner chose large handcrafted logs, not typically available in their area, instead of hybrid log and timber construction. The finished product is a western-style log home that is complete with a walk-out basement leading to the lake and an open loft area within, making it a version of the Crested Butte that is one of a kind.

Handcrafted Creste Butte

ColoradoBuilt amongst Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, this adaptation of the Crested Butte is nearly double the square footage of the original, but still remains the most representative of the design’s unique features. The essence of the Crested Butte’s western look and feel is seen in the hybrid style of the home, combining the advantages of the views of the surrounding landscape with stone, siding and wood to make a home that is one of a kind while staying true to the design aspects that so many like about the Crested Butte.

 Colorado Crested Butte

New JerseyWhen people picture homes in New Jersey, they do not typically see a mountain-style home in that imagery. However, the Crested Butte, with its hybrid log and timber framing, fits perfectly into the landscape. The unique addition of a curved piece in the timber trusses that is repeated throughout the length of the home creates a distinct flair to this version of the Crested Butte.

New Jersey Crested Butte

Mediterranean— The Crested Butte is a design that has proven to be so versatile that its western architectural style has reached locations as far away as the Mediterranean. This version uses milled red cedar log walls and timber framing. Expanding the initial design to an impressive 8,000 square feet, this home brings the original look and feel of the Crested Butte to a new height in an exotic location.

Mediterranean Crested Butte

Favorite Timber Frame Homes

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Our readers tell us that “Top Ten” type lists are a great way to get a fresh look at our designs, so we asked one of PrecisionCraft’s dedicated employees to describe her Top Five plans. Here is what Kym had to say:

While raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are a few of Maria’s favorite things, my list of favorite things has to include timber frame houses.  So here is a list of my favorite timber frame plans by our wonderful Mountain Architects designers.

Favorite Timber Frame Homes

The Greenbrier
With its English cottage exterior highlighted by multiple queen post trusses and exposed interior timbers, the Greenbrier evokes memories of fairytales being read by a cozy fire on a cold winter’s day.

The Highlands
The front elevation of The Highlands is reminiscent of early frontier towns where school was held in the town’s church.  The bank of clear glass windows (called clerestory windows) along the roof ridge allows the sun to pour through, accenting the massive interior timber frame structure.

The Colorado
Evoking feelings of strength and structure the Colorado seems bound to stand strong against the test of time. With over sized square timbers accented with stone and wrought iron, the Colorado also provides a welcoming exterior to all who arrive.  Children, old and young alike, will delight in the vast views from the abundance of windows.

The Silver Springs
When I look at the Silver Springs I begin to imagine days spent mining freshwater streams and digging for hidden treasures deep in the forested mountainside.  The post and beam supported covered porch beckons you to sit and enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset with cherished family and friends.

The Montclaire
While visiting the Swiss Alps or a quaint French vineyard, I imagine that I’d find the types of homes that were the inspiration for our Montclaire design. The bold entry features a barrel truss and provides an enticing view of the timber work held within its massive stone walls.

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New Design! The Chaumont Log Home Floor Plan

Friday, March 26th, 2010

M.T.N Design, PrecisionCraft’s design arm, announces the release of a new home design. Using the French countryside as inspiration, PrecisionCraft’s talented team of architects combine hipped roofs (also known as French Hips), narrow overhangs, delicate stonework and a mix of uniquely shaped windows, creating a one-of-a-kind design.

Custom Home Design and Floor Plan
Log Home Floor Plan with Custom Timber Frame Accents

Together, square logs, stately timber frame and stone walls create a dramatic entry. While the exterior speaks to the casual, romantic charm of traditional countryside estates, the layout is open and inviting. Get more information and explore the Chaumont’s floor plan at After viewing the Chaumont design, discover more than 100 design variations at the Log Home Plans Gallery.

Featured Timber Frame House: Designed for a Mountainous View

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Many people spend years searching hundreds of different log home & timber frame floor plans; ones that showcase a specific style, layout, or size. For this Idaho couple, their search focused on finding a floor plan that would complement their build location.

In their pursuit for a floor plan that would highlight their one-of-a-kind view, Kelly and Marie fell in love with M.T.N Design’s Laurette Chateau timber frame home plan. The couple felt that the massive timber window “framed their view like a picture” while the large wraparound deck and multiple patios made outdoor living easy. See pictures of this finished timber frame home below:

Timber Frame House | Inspired by the Laurette Chateau Plan
Timber Frame House | Custom Wood Home Designed by Mountain Architects
~Custom timber frame home design by Mountain Architects

Custom Timber Frame Bar with Steel-Brushed Barn Wood
Basement Features a Custom Bar, 12-Seat Theater, Handcrafted Pool Table and More…
~Distinguished mountain architecture & design

Timber Frame Great Room: Custom Timber Frame Trusses
Great Room | Custom Timber Frame Trusses | Mountain Home
~State-of-the-art log & timber manufacturing techniques ensure top structural value for your home.

Timber Frame Home Designed for a Beautiful, Mountain View
Mountain View from a Custom Timber Frame Home
~Learn more about the custom log home design process.

A Luxury Timber Frame Home Designed to Entertain

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Cabin Entry

Charlie and Lauren realized their mountain style home amid the beautiful scenery and quiet comfort of Lake Pend Oreille. Known as Idaho’s most magnificent lake, Lake Pend Oreille is one of the few places worthy of this brilliantly crafted timber frame cabin; it is simply breathtaking with its glass prow design and cathedral ceilings.

With entertainment at the heart of their home’s design, Charlie and Lauren Bisbee worked with PrecisionCraft Log Homes & Timber Frame and sister company, M.T.N Design to create a home perfect for hosting guests.  The indoor pool, complete with a waterfall, cozy movie theater and artfully designed bar make entertaining easy and fun. With a little extra planning and careful thought, M.T.N Design was able to create a design that would function to entertain while also create an environment conducive to enjoying the great outdoors and finding time to relax.

Timber Frame House: Designed to Entertain
Bar and Theater for Entertaining Guests

Although larger in size than a traditional cabin, Charlie and Lauren’s timber frame home is their cabin retreat; a place where they can come together with family and friends. With an open design, the kitchen allows the couple to interact with their guests, creating a spirit of togetherness. The great room also invites its guests in with a large stone fireplace and comfortable seating area. Venetian plastered walls, mocha colored timbers and warm stucco hues add character and also create an ambiance that is pleasant and welcoming.

Timber Frame Home Kitchen: Open Design
Kitchen in Custom Timber Frame Home

When family and friends are not the focus, the reading area in the loft is an ideal place to cozy up with a good book or simply enjoy a splendid view of the majestic lake, perfectly framed by a custom, arched barrel truss. In addition, the home’s multiple decks provide ample opportunity for enjoying the great outdoors.

Loft Features Custom Timber Frame: A Unique Arched Barrel Truss
Loft View - Luxury Timber Frame Homes

Often times, couples like Charlie and Lauren fall in love with a company because of a particular log home plan, design, or a company’s distinctive architectural focus. Other times, couples are passionate about the building process looking for the safest path to realize their dream home. Together, PrecisionCraft and M.T.N Design provide the best of both worlds. This artistic duo has the reputation of bringing award-winning log home designs to life using the industry’s only complete Design Build program, saving clients time, effort, and money. Learn more at