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What made you choose a tim­ber home?

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What made you choose a tim­ber home?

In 2002, we had the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase land ad­ja­cent to our fam­ily’s farm that pro­vided un­re­stricted south­ern ex­po­sure. We de­cided that this place of­fered an ideal site for a re­tire­ment home small enough for two peo­ple. We vis­ited an expo on log and tim­ber homes. We de­cided that a tim­ber frame of­fered the right com­bi­na­tion of open spa­ces, aes­thet­ics and in­su­la­tion val­ues. We worked out plans, made draw­ings and then took our plans to sev­eral framers un­til we found the right one. We had no prob­lem with the town­ship, who was hop­ing some­one would keep the land from turn­ing into a de­vel­op­ment, and so had only the code and our­selves to sat­isfy. The re­sult is a one-bed­room, 1,475-square-foot home that’s off-grid and pas­sive so­lar with vir­tu­ally no util­ity bills and no me­chan­i­cal. We love it. — Wes & Linda Loder, Kutz­town, PA My wife and I fell in love with the Grand Te­tons and the ar­eas sur­round­ing. We vis­ited reg­u­larly and de­cided to be­gin search­ing for land in the area. Be­cause of the mar­ket con­di­tions at the time, we re­al­ized there were some amaz­ing deals to be had if we de­cided to pur­chase an ex­ist­ing home. We looked at both tim­ber frame and log homes. Although there was some in­ter­est in the log homes, we heard from friends that the main­te­nance could be pretty daunt­ing and the flex­i­bil­ity of chang­ing the de­sign of the in­te­rior spa­ces didn’t seem to of­fer the flex­i­bil­ity of a tim­ber home. We found an in­cred­i­ble home in Idaho on the west side of the Grand Te­tons. This is where we plan to re­tire and we truly love our home.

— Don Hen­der­son, Gar­land, TX

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