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Timber framing is a construction method that has been around since the Neolithic era. It became a prominent construction method in countries with an abundance of hardwood trees, like the U.S. and Germany, and some of the most common trees used for timber are oak, pine, and fir. Timber framing involves meticulously joining and fitting squared-off timber to build the structural framework of a building. The process requires careful planning and precision in framing measurements and intersections and requires a reliable partner in the field. This article showcases the top timber frame builders across the country. These contractors were selected and ranked based on the strength of their portfolios, company background, principal history, industry affiliations, and awards received over the years.
17830 N. Statesville Road, Suite 225, Cornelius, NC 28031
Luxury home building is a craft perfected by Augusta Homes, a North Carolina-based firm known for its stunning residential style and construction prowess. Its exceptional work has earned many National Association of Home Builders (NHBA) accolades and awards from local bodies such as the American Web Design Awards. The company’s operations are helmed by Ken Wrench, a construction industry stalwart of over 24 years. The renowned owner has been featured among Charlotte Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and “Businessmen to Watch in Charlotte” lists—exemplifying his leadership and business savvy. Wrench leads a roster that shares his commitment to building and designing custom projects that fit clients’ visions and lifestyles. The team’s versatile craftsmanship shines through their diverse portfolio—a collection that features modern, rustic, English, and French home styles. To guarantee optimal work efficiency, the firm only accepts a limited number of projects at a time, keeping the team focused and committed to the process.
Benjamin and Company
376 Maine Street Brunswick, ME 04011
Benjamin and Company crafts stellar residential structures with careful precision, a trait that has raised its profile as one of the most prominent custom home builders in the Maine area. Founder Ben Hemberger was inspired by his architect father’s ability to provide excellent projects and customer service and ingrained those attributes into the operation of his own firm. The firm specializes in traditional timber framing, including oak-pegged construction and quality hand-cut joinery. Sustainable aspects are also integrated into efficient structures delivered through a proficient building process.
The Blackwood House is a Benjamin and Company project built in collaboration with Kaplan Thompson Architects and M2 Structural Engineering. Meticulous planning for the property spanned several years, while its construction was finished over the course of one. Finished in 2018, the home features an asymmetrical exterior structure and modern interiors. A patchwork of painted wood, cement board, and steel panels make up its exterior construct, with an exposed heavy timber frame carport and entry at its entrance. The interior design is brimming with elegance with its simple and pristine layout and decorated metal and wood fixtures. In September 2019, the house’s excellent aesthetic and structural beauty was showcased in Maine Home and Design Magazine, a testament to the firm’s exquisite handiwork.
6 Blackjack Crossing, Walpole, NH 03608
Founded by Ted Benson in 1973, Bensonwood aims to build sustainable residential and commercial projects that make lives better. Benson’s core dedication is to building custom homes, timber frames, and passive houses that are energy-efficient and long-lasting. As a pioneer and co-founder of the Timber Framers Guild of North America, his experience in the timber building arena is unmatched, and he has elite-level expertise in the design, engineering, and craftsmanship of timber framing. His team consists of 100 like-minded individuals who specialize in manufacturing, architecture, and construction, showcased in Bensonwood’s portfolio of residential, non-residential, and heritage projects.
The featured Contemporary Timberframe retreat home is located in Holderness, New Hampshire. This 3,063-square-foot shingle is a two-story residence with an open-plan great room and passive design strategies in its roofs and walls. Standout segments of the Squam Lake structure include an artist studio, boat storage, and lake access through a curved boardwalk. The home’s stylish design features vertical board cedar sidings with copper diamond exterior accents, Douglas fir timbers, and dark round interior posts. Other hallmarks include custom rolling doors and modern interior details, as well as Eastern white pine ceiling panels and roof boards that are furnished with a light whitewash finish.
Blue Ribbon Builders
145 Center Ln. Unit L, Meadow Village, Big Sky, MT 59716
Blue Ribbon Builders is renowned for its exceptional luxury homes. Doug Bing, a seasoned residential construction expert, leads the company as its owner and president. His over 45 years of industry experience is one of the firm’s major assets, and his skills are augmented by a roster filled with talented craftspeople who have completed more than 150 projects under the Blue Ribbon banner. Green building is also practiced by the company, as it incorporates sustainable and energy-efficient components in its building methods.
The featured Mountain Magic House is a Blue Ribbon Builders project. Gifted with a spectacular mountain view and surrounded by nature, this retreat house is blends in with its serene atmosphere. Custom-built from the ground up, its construction utilized the finest materials and amenities to guarantee optimal stability and design. The residence’s kitchen features stainless steel and granite countertops and a wine cabinet with bent glass and mahogany molding. The living area showcases reclaimed timbers for trusses and purlins as well as Western red cedar log posts. A personalized staircase and mural evoke a forest-like ambiance, complemented by a stone and pebble path inlaid with fiber optic lights. The finished cabin is a sight to behold. The homeowner commended the firm for its exemplary work from start to finish.
7900 Westpark Dr., Suite A180, McLean, VA 22102
BOWA is a D.C.-based luxury renovation company with core services that cover master suites, kitchens, and whole-house and condo remodeling. Established in 1988 by accountant Larry Weinberg and chemist Josh Baker, the co-founders used their respective talents to traverse the North Virginia construction landscape. Starting with a team of four other people, the partnership between the two resulted in 27 projects in their first year and over 300 grand in revenue—a strong start for their then-burgeoning career. Building on their successful seminal year, the two continued their hot streak and went on to create a reputation as a top-level builder in the region not only for their construction expertise but also for their client-oriented approach. The firm’s customer service excellence has earned many loyal customers throughout the years, with 80–90% of projects coming from repeat clients—a testament to BOWA’s promptness and ability to deliver optimal service.
BOWA has been recognized by several industry organizations for its high-quality work. In 2019, the firm was named Contractor of the Year by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and ranked highly in the Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 Industry Leaders as well as Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeling 550. Other accolades include awards from the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, the Maryland Building Industry Association, and Home and Design Magazine.
C. Raymond Davis & Sons
2124 Kimberton Road, Kimberton, PA 19442
“Better building. Superior service.” C. Raymond Davis and Sons, an acclaimed construction manager and custom builder in Pennsylvania, has operated by these principles since 1928, and the firm’s longevity itself is a testament to the mantra’s effectiveness. Serving as the principal and CEO is Kyle Davis, a third-generation builder who upholds the legacy of the business with a creative and innovative approach to better suit the modern construction landscape. The firm constantly strives to construct exceptional homes while providing clients with prompt and professional service, and these feats have earned the firm more than 40 custom home accolades, including the 2020 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Top Performers Award and the 2019 ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Project of the Year.
The private residence featured here is a project built by C. Raymond Davis and Sons in partnership with Architectural Concepts, PC. The 5,200-square-foot property is located in Schroon Lake, New York. The eye-catching timber home is a traditional construction infused with modern design.
1005 S. 120th St. Unit 101, Lafayette, CO 80026
Cornerstone Homes is an award-winning name in the field of timber homebuilding. The firm’s strong portfolio of projects showcases noteworthy homes that range from modern ranch houses to regal lakeside manors. As an Energy Star partner and a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) member, the firm integrates green building methods in its building process to deliver environmentally conscious homes.
Serving as owner and president of the company is veteran builder Keenan Tompkins, a third-generation builder with more than 20 years of experience on his resume. His extensive work history is a reflection of his excellence and commitment to his craft. Tompkin’s leadership and his team’s quality work have earned the firm several third-party awards and mainstream features in The New York Times, Dwell Magazine, and Home and Garden Magazine.
The Coal Creek Canyon is a project completed by Cornerstone Homes. Situated atop a Golden, Colorado hillside, the stunning timber frame residence flaunts a traditional cabin design mixed with a luxe contemporary aesthetic. Key parts of the structure include Douglas fir hammerbeam trusses and elegant interior details. Aside from heavy timbers, other materials prominent in the house are river rock stones and glass. These elements bring a rustic vibe to the home, evoking a serene atmosphere with a quaint, classic charm. The sophisticated property also pops amongst its surroundings—an environment that serves as a great view for the window-filled home.
Custom Timber Frames
2614 Seiferth Rd., Madison, WI 53716
Three decades of timber framing proficiency have solidified Custom Timber Frames’ reputation as a standout builder that excels in handcrafted timber frame structures. The Wisconsin-based firm works on both residential and commercial sectors, with a diverse portfolio that spans several states, including Alaska, Illinois, and Minnesota, among others. The Chrysalis Award-winning company is spearheaded by Doug Beilfuss, a prominent industry expert with more than 24 years of field experience. Together with a crew of building specialists, Beilfuss renders design, engineering, millwork, sip panels, and trusses all across the country.
Custom Timber Frames’s portfolio includes the featured timber frame hybrid home—a residential project located in Cable, Wisconsin. This property’s interiors feature an open loft, three bedrooms, and high-ceilings propped up by quality beam work. The house also showcases a crisp exterior finish that complements its traditional charm. Its exemplary design caught the eye of both local and industry folk, which led to a magazine feature in Cabin Living Magazine’s 2016 edition.
Francis Bryant Construction
2637 Valleydale Road Suite 200, Birmingham, AL 35244
Elite-level building and customer service are synonymous with Francis Bryant Construction’s name. Integrity, honesty, and excellence are some of the values the firm operates by, and these principles have shaped the builder into a well-rounded company. The custom residential builder is masterful in creating long-lasting structures crafted by skilled craftspeople who are dedicated to every project at hand. Leading the firm as principals are Kevin Gann as the business manager and John Bryant as the construction manager—a third-generation builder who followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Francis and father Steve. He spearheads every project firsthand with great attention to quality and detail, producing a noteworthy portfolio that has earned recognition from the 2019 AIA Design Awards and the AIA Birmingham Design Awards.
The Francis Bryant Construction project featured here is a timber-framed ranch home remodeled from its original bunkhouse design.
120 Willis Rd., Newport, TN 37821
HearthStone Timber Frame Homes has been in the industry for 50 years, and its longevity can be attributed to high-grade work and remarkable service. Led by Carmen Caprio, the firm’s innovative approach to building has earned it a reputation as a reliable partner in any project. Its five-decade tenure has produced a deep portfolio of log home projects that share top-notch visual and structural quality. In an active effort to build better structures that benefit nature and future generations, the firm weaves environmentally conscious construction, including the use of structural insulated panels (SIPs), into its building processes. Frameworks built with SIPs work well with stone, wood, glass, and brick materials to build solid foundations for long-lasting homes. The firm is certified by the USGBC and has the National Green Building Standard from the NAHB.
HearthStone’s residential designs ooze contemporary elegance with a traditional flair, which can be seen in the featured Jane Lockwood home. The massive two-story property was built in the middle of a large, grassy expanse. The estate’s wood and stone make-up carry a classic aesthetic that stands out among the terrain yet complements its surroundings with a relaxing ambiance built and designed to perfection. You can view more about the project here.
Homestead Timber Frames
21 Duer Court, Crossville, TN 38555
Visually striking custom homes are Homestead Timber Frames’s specialty. The company incorporates designer Gustav Stickley’s principles in its operations by upholding natural elements and simplicity in home design. Co-owners Bruce and Cyndy Gardner have been a staple of the timber framing field since 1985, making their mark in the region through quality workmanship and attention to detail. Homestead’s team of industry specialists is prompt and professional and collectively skilled in construction, design, management, and customer service. Under the leadership of the Gardners, these Tennessee craftspeople guide homeowners from the planning stages up until the post-construction phase, building strong structures together with long-lasting client relationships.
Homestead Timber Frames has completed a vast catalog of structures that include homes, barns, pavilions, and commercial projects. The Timber Framers Guild-accredited firm has received commendations aplenty from third-party sites for design and service excellence, showcased in projects like the Dalton residence pictured, which features hand-built timber frame and hardwood flooring.
Howell Custom Building Group
370 Merrimack Street, Suite 405, Lawrence, MA 01843
Stephen and Susan Howell started the Howell Custom Building Group in 1997, aiming to provide quality construction to the North Shore, Massachusetts region. A thorough planning process and a keen eye for detail are central facets of its framework, forming the core of a streamlined building process perfected over the course of more than 20 years. The co-founders’ combined expertise and experience in project management, engineering, construction, and marketing make up the cornerstone of the firm—a strong foundation that eventually elevated the company to local prominence. Publication appearances also helped boost the firm’s industry presence, with features in Boston Home Magazine, New England Living, North Shore Home, and The Wall Street Journal. The firm currently has more than 700 completed projects in its portfolio, which is proof of its success as well as a testament to the Howells’ hard work.
Howell has received many accolades throughout the years from industry associations and local publications. Some of these include being named among the winners of 2018 Best of Boston Home by Boston Home Magazine, 2019 Editor’s Choice Winner by the Northshore Home Awards, and 2019 Prism Awards Gold Winner for Achievement in Building and Design from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB).
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing
463 N. Mill Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing is an industry stalwart at the forefront of high-performance building and energy-efficient homes. Hugh Lofting serves as the founder and president of his eponymous firm. A Pennsylvania native with a background in agriculture and timber framing, his foray into construction was ignited by his passion for old barns and houses, as well as a dedication to sustainable building and a sense of community. He sought out mastery from all around the globe and developed an extensive resume bolstered with firsthand experience from Switzerland, France, and New England.
LEED and Passive House Certified projects are major components of the company’s portfolio. The firm is certified by many green building bodies, such as the Sustainable Business Network, USGBC, Green Building United, and more. A commitment to high-quality interiors with minimal environmental impact is integrated into its process, providing not only green and comfortable living but also reduced financial costs. Better air quality and optimal indoor temperature are also added benefits of Hugh Lofting’s sustainable building.
The featured project is the Kennett Square home, a sustainable residence built in partnership with architect Matthew Moger. This 4,500-square-foot property was the first LEED Silver Certified house in Chester County as well as an Energy Star Certified home. It features solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and passive ventilation.
John Kraemer & Sons Inc.
4906 Lincoln Drive, Edina, MN 55436
John Kraemer and Sons Inc. holds the distinction of being Minnesota’s sole four-time Builder of the Year, a feat achieved over the course of three different decades through outstanding work and excellent service. It was established in 1978 as a luxury home builder and remodeler co-founded by the late John Kraemer and his son, Gary, who currently serves as president of the firm. Gary’s sons, John and Jeff, eventually followed his footsteps, turning the business into a three-generation venture.
The Kraemers’ design and build personalized homes that match their clients’ vision and lifestyle, overseeing the project process with a hands-on approach. The company’s legacy shines not only because of a strong portfolio but also for the team’s ability to create client relationships through exceptional work and service. This commitment to their craft has built a solid network of repeat clients throughout the years as well as a number of accolades from national industry organizations such as the Remodeler of Merit Awards (ROMA) and NARI Minnesota’s Contractor of the Year Awards (CotY).
Featured here is a residential project completed by John Kraemer and Sons. The beautiful Buffalo Lake Home was built in partnership with architect firm Murphy and Co. Design and interior designer Renae Keller.
11821 Del Rey Ave NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87122
The New Mexico-based firm of Lowe-bo Homes offers an extensive arsenal of services, with the custom home building aspect being its strongest suit. The company’s building prowess has been sharpened throughout the years, reaching optimal quality and value reflected in its body of work. A streamlined process begins with pre-construction planning, mapping out the layout efficiently prior to construction. After the structure is finished, post-construction check-ups are done to make sure that the home is in tip-top condition.
The locally owned and operated firm was established over a decade ago by Ted Lowe, a third-generation builder whose foray into the construction industry started in 1989. At a young age, he inherited his passion and dedication for building from his father, John E. Lowe, a renowned local builder. A focused commitment to his craft eventually became a path to industry prominence, as Ted’s portfolio has amassed thousands of residential projects during his 30-year tenure.
Featured here is the Madera Vista residence, a project that features a timber frame living room. Other stylish residential styles in its portfolio include Spanish, Contemporary, Southwest Traditional, and Mediterranean houses. These homes have earned the annual recognition of the regional Parade of Homes, winning Lowe-bo Homes the coveted prize for both its Spring and Fall editions several times in the last decade.
1291 West Center St., Lindon, UT 84042
Magleby Estate Homes is an award-winning builder with an impressive array of timber-made residential projects in its portfolio. The firm is a two-time National Custom Home Builder of the Year with the NAHB, as its top-notch work and consistent service have made it a prominent player in the Mountain West construction arena. The firm guides the customer hand-in-hand from the pre-construction and design phase up until the post-construction stages, a trait innate in every member of its veteran team. Attention to detail, transparency and trustworthiness in cost management, and quality, sustainable building practices are also traits commended by former clientele.
President and CEO Chad Magleby constantly steer the firm towards success through a deep understanding of the business. As a second-generation owner, Chad is building upon the legacy started by his father and Magleby Construction founder, Paul Magleby. Holding a degree in Construction Management and an MBA, Chad has developed his skills not only in management and building but also in building customer relationships in the industry.
The Draper Estate featured is a project built by Magleby Estate Homes. Its rustic wood and stone exterior reflects a classic mountain home atmosphere infused with a sophisticated touch.
100 Baker Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937
Building remarkable homes is the forte of Malmquist Construction. The company is well-equipped to build any type of residential property—from log homes and timber frame homes to custom homes. The firm’s ability to construct and design has been sharpened over the years through consistent work quality and first-rate service. Its elite builder status was achieved through sourcing the best construction materials to build high-quality homes, which are handled by a talented roster of professionals who are dedicated to their craft. A crew of builders, designers, and managers who are trained to handle complex situations with efficiency and proficiency, as well as a positive attitude, has gained rave reviews from former customers. Aside from home building, the firm also specializes in ranch development, land development, and construction commercial projects.
Industry veteran Tedd Benson oversees the operations of Malmquist Construction. The CEO and founder is a prominent name in the world of timber frame building, with a body of work that includes projects in the U.S., Canada, England, and Japan. His innovative approach to building and countless contributions to his field have earned acclaim from industry organizations and publications like New Hampshire Magazine. Benson is also a co-founder of the Timber Framers Guild of North America.
34 South Vintage Rd, Paradise, PA 17562
Mid-Atlantic Timberframes understands the importance of living space, which is why it is laser-focused on providing only the best structures to every homeowner. The Lancaster County-based enterprise specializes in custom design, crafting, and building timber frame homes and buildings around Pennsylvania. A three-step process that involves consultation, customization, and coordination is central to its operations, which are led by Sam Ebersol, a seasoned industry expert with 25 years of experience in the timber frame industry. As Mid-Atlantic’s general manager since its inception, he played a vital role in the growth and expansion of the firm throughout the region, overseeing projects firsthand and providing excellent client service that helped boost its prominence and develop a loyal customer base in the region.
Custom residences in the firm’s catalog highlight a trademark outdoor-based design combined with a modern aesthetic that reflects the client’s personalized style. The featured Great Room in Kirkwood, Pennsylvania is a timber frame home project completed by the firm. Services rendered for the property include a 30 x 36-foot room addition and application of a clear coat finish. Aside from homes and additions, other projects of the company include bank barns, carriage houses, commercial and municipal buildings, equestrian facilities, pergolas, and pavilions.
Modern Rustic Homes
512 Hwy. 382 West Ellijay, GA 30540
Modern Rustic Homes is a Georgia-based design-build firm that excels in architectural style and design with a track record of work excellence that propelled its name towards mainstream prominence. The NAHB-affiliated firm was established in 1996 by co-founders Michael Grant and Joe Dixon, a designer and a builder, respectively. Together, their expertise in the industry has produced a strong portfolio of diverse residential projects that includes conventional, hybrid, log, and timber frame homes.
The featured home Dragonfly Lodge located in Hiawassee, Georgia, is a 3,000-square-foot residence with a lush natural view all around. It was designed to match the homeowner’s vision of a serene and comfortable space made with natural materials. A clean layout with contemporary aesthetics and rustic elements make up its interiors, with high ceiling beams that provide visual flair. The home also features a white pine timber frame.
New Energy Works
1180 Commercial Drive, Farmington, NY 14425
New Energy Works is an ESOP (employee-owned) design/build company with a firm grasp on innovative timber frame construction. It is led by founder and president Jonathan Orpin, whose resume showcases many contributions not only to the company but also to the entire timber frame industry. The company operates on the Triple Bottom Line, putting equal emphasis on People, Planet, and Prosperity. They focus on collaboration, quality building, longevity, and sustainability, which has earned them a solid reputation across the nation.
“A Family Retreat on the Lake” is a residential project designed and built by New Energy Works. Located in on Canandaigua Lake, the property is owned by Laurie and Dan, who commended the firm’s work on the project and praised its ability “to fit anyone, any site, [and] any style with a combination of design and function.” The two-story home features opportunities on all sides for unobstructed views of the lake. The home’s serene atmosphere can be attributed to a classic retreat home design—a stylishly modern aesthetic without many busy details. The build site came with strict constraints including height restrictions, erosion/sediment concerns, setbacks, and more. Those constraints drove the overall siting of the house down “into” the land with the design creating away/private spaces plus elbow room for larger family gatherings. The project is a hybrid using timber framing and traditional construction where the public spaces–great room, kitchen, dining room–fall under the core timber frame. Services offered by the company include timber framing, design and build, fine woodworking, and high-performance enclosures. You can learn more about the project from their website here.
11209 Brockway Road, Suite 102, Truckee CA 96161
NSM Construction specializes in crafting residential projects with a structural and aesthetic quality fit for a magazine spread. The Truckee firm offers general contracting, custom home building, remodeling, and home maintenance. Owner Mark Neave has more than 35 years of construction experience, with a strong background that includes a carpentry trade apprenticeship in Sydney, Australia. His vast global expertise has become an integral part of NSM Construction’s arsenal, and his leadership is a reflection of the team’s exemplary work. The company’s designers, builders, and industry specialists are well-trained not only to excel in their fields but also to provide excellent customer service, thus earning NSM a strong reputation within the California building market.
As a prominent construction company, NSM is affiliated with many industry bodies—from the NAHB to the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT). Over the years, the firm has received numerous awards from these organizations, including the 2018 CATT New Residential Project of the Year, 2018 BALA One of a Kind Custom or Spec Home, and two 2019 Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Home Awards. An award-winning project completed by the NSM team is the featured Pilegaard timber residence, an alluring forest manor with a modern visage that stands magnificently against its lush forest backdrop.
OakBridge Timber Framing
232 West Main Street, Loudonville, OH 44842
Faith, family, community, and sustainability—these are the key values that fuel OakBridge Timber Framing, an Ohio-based builder with a focus on high-quality posts and timber frame homes. Building dream homes and bringing families together are two goals at the top of its priorities, which demonstrates the firm’s commitment to enriching lives by planning and building the best residential structures possible. This is achieved by constructing properties through a sustainable and energy-efficient process using hand-selected materials.
Johnny Miller, the owner of OakBridge, carries a passion for timber framing that began in his teenage years. His Amish background allowed him to embrace the importance of timber framing in their society. More than 34 years in the industry have produced a deep portfolio of projects, which have earned mainstream acclaim through features in Dwell Magazine, Builder Magazine, Log Cabin Homes, and over a dozen more publications. From room remodels to building homes and outdoor spaces, every project completed by the company reflects its values, as seen in the featured Sanders home. This Mountain timber residence is a 4,335-square-foot property in Southeast, Ohio. The Western lodge features exceptional woodwork, stone accents, and leather furniture, which exude a charming, classic design.
PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes
711 E Broadway Ave., Meridian, ID 83642
As its name suggests, PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes is a company that specializes in designing and building lavish log homes and timber frame residences. It is run by president Jim Banner, a member of the PFB Custom Homes Group with extensive knowledge in constructing mountain homes. His company is a standout affiliate of the National Home Builders Association (NAHB) and its Log and Timber Homes Council.
PrecisionCraft has a global reach, with residential projects not only in the U.S. but also in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the Mediterranean. Its impressive portfolio is filled with remarkable homes, such as the featured timber frame residence located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This 2,397-square-foot property was built in the middle of a grassy meadow with a 360-degree view of its natural backdrop. Its historic design reflects the region’s aesthetic background, with a rustic visual flair evident in its traditional wrap-around porch, hand-adzed timbers, chinked wood siding, and unique finish details.
The completed home has received several accolades from industry organizations, such as the 2018 Excellence in Timber Home Design from the NAHB Building Systems Councils, 2017 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) Platinum Award for One of a Kind Custom Home, and 2017 BALA Best in Region – Mountain Award. It was also featured in the Log Home Living Magazine in March 2019.
110 Painters Mill Road, Suite 205, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Over 25 years of crafting custom homes, renovations, and additions have solidified Raphael Homes’s status as a reputable project partner in the Maryland region. The Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA)-certified firm is helmed by principal Rick Raphael, a second-generation builder with a background in construction and architecture. The Virginia Tech alum spent the seminal years of his industry tenure working for Howard Homes, a foundation that launched his expansive career, which includes a superintendent stint and a project manager position for a regional construction company in Florida and Texas.
Constructed in Owings Mills, Maryland, the Baltimore timber frame home featured here is a project built by Raphael Homes. The two-story building is situated in a sequestered property, but its beauty stands out among the rocky suburban forest. Its rustic features and luxurious design complement the locale’s quaint aesthetic, elevating its environment with a sophisticated visage. Features include crisp pinewood make-up, vaulted ceilings, barn style sliding doors, and modern iron fixtures.
Ridgeline Construction Group
123 Welborn St., Ste 101, Greenville, SC 29601
Ridgeline Construction Group, Inc. has built more than 140 quality homes in the South Carolina territory—a feat that has fortified the firm’s place among the most reliable builders in the state. The firm is spearheaded by Terry Lawler and Ray Floral, whose combined expertise in building and business management have helped elevate the company to local prominence. A roster filled with builders, architects, and interior designers guarantees a perfectly crafted structure personalized for every customer. The company works with clients from project conception to completion and meticulously plans the design and layout—from the large-scale aspects to the minute details—to create an accurate representation of the homeowner’s dream residence.
The Reserve at Lake Keowee IV is a residential timber frame project built by Ridgeline Construction Group. The company offers in-house home designs with a wide selection of styles, which vary from quaint wooden houses to grand sophisticated manors. It also works closely with clients to ensure precise design components and transparency in schedules and cost. Top-notch work is provided not only in the field but also in project management, as prompt service and progress updates are constantly provided for customers’ convenience and ease of mind. These traits have earned Ridgeline rave commendations from its network of clients, who praise the team for its professionalism, workmanship, and exceptional service.
Rising Sun Construction
6000 Coombs Farm Drive, Suite 206 A, Morgantown, WV 26508
Rising Sun Construction is a full-service design-build company led by owner Chris Bailey, an industry veteran with a steady grip on top-notch construction and an impressive portfolio filled with projects all across the country. The West Virginia University alum wears many hats, as the principal is not only an expert builder and renovator but also a master woodworker. Bailey and his team’s strong construction work has received many awards from various industry organizations. The HBA West Virginia chapter awarded the firm the Best of West Virginia Building Award for Best Residential Remodeling in 2019 and the distinction of Best Single Family Home in 2018. The firm has also been named Best of Morgantown finalist for Best Construction Company in 2020 and the Reader’s Choice category in 2019.
The timber frame custom home featured is a residential project built by Rising Sun. Completed in 2018, the new construction is situated in the middle of an impressive Appalachian landscape. It features hybrid timber framing that was built with locally sourced materials, as well as other fixtures such as custom cabinets and tiles. The million-dollar structure’s aesthetic excellence led to a feature in Morgantown Magazine, which highlighted the home’s classic Americana charm.
Riverbend Timber Framing
9012 East US Hwy 223, Blissfield, MI 49228
Riverbend Timber Framing has been a stalwart of the timber home building landscape in the U.S. and Canada. Established on a legacy of craftsmanship and service, the firm’s portfolio is filled with lakeside cabins and mountain top homes that evoke a mix of welcoming warmth and aesthetic charm. The NAHB Building Systems Council recognized the firm’s strong body of work with awards like the 2020 Excellence in Timber Home Design as well as the 2019 BALA Gold Award for International Housing.
Located in Michigan, the featured Dexter Residence is a 7,000-square-foot project completed by Riverbend Timber Framing. The property was built in partnership with Jerome Cerny Architect, who handled the design duties for the project. Its sophisticated European design has been featured in Elegant Wood Homes as well as Timber Home Living Magazine. Energy-efficient components were integrated during the construction of this Energy Star Certified home. These include the addition of structural insulated panels (SIPs), installation of a geothermal HVAC system, and high-grade windows that reduce energy consumption. The firm’s green construction method has gained recognition from the NAHB, earning the Dexter Home the Build Green Energy Value Housing Award from the Michigan chapter of the Home Builders Association (HBA).
3262 Old Stage Rd., Central Point, OR 97502
A prominent name in the Oregon custom home builders landscape, Riverdell Construction thrives by building not only structural properties but also long-lasting customer relationships. The company works on residential and commercial sectors as well as multi-family, business, and investment markets, and has successfully operated for more than 20 years, staying true to its cornerstone of upholding integrity and quality in every project. Owner Matt Bryant, a native of the state, leads a team of skilled craftspeople committed to creating state-of-the-line structures on time and on schedule. A positive attitude and exceptional customer service have earned the firm rave reviews from its clients.
Riverdell is accredited by the NAHB and the Builders Association of Southern Oregon. It is also an affiliate of environmental and energy-focused organizations such as Earth Advantage, Energy Star, and Energy Trust of Oregon. Featured is a timber frame home built by Riverdell Construction. Its building process integrated green methods, specifically the use of efficient and sustainable materials like reclaimed roof and sidings and geothermal energy systems. California chestnut floors and potato board ceilings were selected for the home’s modern-styled interiors.
Rocky Mountain Homes
1883 Highway 93 S., Hamilton, MT 59840
Over 40 years in the industry have solidified Rocky Mountain Homes’ status as one of the region’s best builders. Co-owners Craig Rostad, Jeremy Oury, Mike Turley, and Terry Cleveland operate the company with a strong focus on quality, achieved through excellent craftsmanship by its roster of skilled builders and designers who are always committed to the task at hand. Every residential project worked on by the firm is tailor-made for the homeowner, carefully mapped out during the planning phase to craft an accurate structure that reflects the client’s dream home. From natural accent homes to lakeside cabins, every timber frame project is constructed with meticulous attention to detail to achieve optimal results. Environmentally conscious techniques have also been integrated into the firm’s building methods, ensuring minimal forest impact by only using dry standing timber for its building process.
Featured here is a timber frame home built by Rocky Mountain Homes. Constructed on a field of grass and rocks, this traditional cabin home features a sophisticated exterior furnish as well as a rustic interior design that embraces both traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Its materials are composed predominantly of glass, stones, and timbers, with a neutral, earthy palette that echoes simplicity and serenity. Services rendered by the firm include log, panel, and timber construction.
10149 Taryne Street Hayden, ID 83835
As one of the best timber frame construction firms in the region, Rosenberg Construction’s name is synonymous with greatness. Its deep portfolio of projects is both visually and structurally impressive, and its team is made up of seasoned professionals. The firm’s outstanding work has earned the recognition of Best Residential Builder from the North Idaho Business Journal, as well as publication features in Modern Home Builder, Inside Hayden Lake, and CDA Magazine.
The family-owned and operated company is spearheaded by Ron Rosenberger, a Hayden native whose career in construction began as a local general contractor. His early experience proved to be a solid foundation for a long-spanning profession in the residential building industry. An affiliate of the NAHB and the North Idaho Building Contractors Association, his vast knowledge and experience in his craft and great interpersonal skills have elevated the Rosenberger name to another level.
The firm walks the client throughout that whole process and remains accessible for inputs and queries for the duration of the project. This open channel is but one of the many stellar customer services offered to homeowners and one of the key reasons why Rosenberg has both professional and community-based reviews that attest to its prompt and positive approach to building and client communication.
W358 S 8401 State Road 59, Eagle, WI 53119
A standout builder in the Southern Wisconsin market, Ruebl Builders, Inc. made its mark in the industry through strong workmanship and creative prowess, traits rounded out by top-notch client service and project management. Three generations of builders have handled the business since it was founded by Frank Ruebl in 1949. The company is currently helmed by Bill Ruebl and Jason Ruebl. Their leadership has won the firm several accolades, such as the 2017 Builder of the Year Award from the Lake Land Builders Association, a coveted spot among the 40 under 40 ranking of Builder Magazine, and several home show awards from the Master Builders Association (MBA).
A vast spectrum of residential styles fills the firm’s catalog of homes, from suburban residential properties to sophisticated countryside manors. Among the hundreds of projects in its catalog is the pictured timber home located in Wisconsin. Completed in 2017, the “Eagle #1” was constructed in partnership with Interior Changes Home Design and Consulting with an overall cost-value that ranged between $750,000 to $5,000,000. A muted exterior palette and a neutral visual style bring out the timber frame’s rustic beauty. A welcoming courtyard featuring moose mountain stone and carriage house doors add a quaint charm to the estate.
Schultz Development Corp
7890 East McClain Drive, Suite 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Schultz Development is a custom home building firm founded on the foundation of quality, integrity, and customer satisfaction. The general contractor has completed hundreds of residential and commercial projects in the Arizona region for more than 30 years, and all of these projects were finished under the leadership of John Schultz. The Long Island-born president was raised in the Southwestern state, where he eventually planted his professional roots in 1988. The Arizona State University alum has a background in architecture and initially wanted a design-based career before deciding on a custom home building venture; thus, Schultz Development was born.
Schultz Development operates in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Flagstaff and works on projects that require pre-construction, remodels, additions, and post-construction services. As an affiliate of the NAHB and the HBA of Central Arizona, the company has shared the same circles with some of the top industry names, both on a local and national scope. Its impressive work has been recognized by several awarding bodies, as Schultz was included in the 2019 Gold List of Luxe Magazine and the 2018 Top 10 Custom Home Builders of AZ Big Media. The firm has also been commended by former clients, who praise the builder’s quality of workmanship and ability to complete projects on schedule.
Teton Heritage Builders
655 Deer Drive, Suite 3, Jackson Hole, WY 83001
Teton Heritage Builders is a full-service builder with a body of work that encompasses over two decades. The firm’s extensive catalog includes custom log homes, timber frame houses, and commercial properties, which were all built with Western contemporary flair. Green and sustainable building is practiced by the company in an active effort to create long-lasting homes that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
The company was founded in 1996 by Peter Lee, who is the current president and owner of the company. A Princeton and Harvard alum with a background in business and structural engineering, Lee’s skillset helped establish the firm in the area. The exceptional projects built by Teton Heritage have been featured in publications like Custom Wood Homes and Cowboys and Indians.
Once showcased in Big Sky Journal Home, the featured project is the Granite Ridge Timber Frame home constructed by Teton Heritage Builders. The three-story structure was designed by Ellis Nunn and Associates and Slifer Designs, and its overall look was inspired by the Rocky Mountain West locale. The residential property’s visual style evokes an elegant European aesthetic infused with rustic Western details. Features include sophisticated facets like high-quality timber, hand-forged bronze railings, and handmade mosaic tiles, all elevated by elaborate finishes.
10821 Eagle Drive, North Collins, NY 14111
Fueled by strong workmanship and creative spirit, Timberbuilt is a general contracting firm with a gold track record when it comes to custom-built residences. The installation of frame and panel systems is expertly handled by its team, which is led by founder George Klemens. A native of New York, the industry veteran offers vast expertise in the field, and his talent for building structures is complemented by a commitment to green building and making every Timberbuilt home environmentally conscious, energy-efficient, and sustainable. His firm is also well-equipped to guide customers who wish to build their own projects and offers do-it-yourself timber frame options for the client’s convenience. The builder walks homeowners throughout the whole process—from research, organization, and schedule management to scouring material and negotiating with tradesmen and suppliers.
The featured home is a Timberbuilt project that utilizes timber frames in its interiors. The home exudes a rustic look, complemented by high-quality wood materials. The firm’s projects have earned three Best Home accolades from the Timber Home Living Reader’s Choice Awards in the last decade—proof of customers’ satisfaction with the firm’s work. Other mainstream publications that featured the firm include Custom Wood Home Styles Guide, Buffalo Spree, Washingtonian Online, and Buffalo Rising.