The Inside Scoop
By using 12-inch-tall, hand-hewn half logs on the exterior, the home will have all the curb appeal of a classic log home. Inside, conventional stud-frame walls will allow for a range of decor styles. If you like the look of trusses and beams, Golden Eagle suggests:
■ Raising ceiling heights. Tall ceilings throughout Zach’s home allow for beams at the top of the walls, which complement the heavy timbers.
■ Paying attention to timber size. Your finished home’s style is affected by the timbers’ look. Smaller timbers stained in lighter colors will have a more streamlined, less bulky, appearance.
■ Setting a steeper roof pitch. Trusses take up a lot of visual space. Making room for them with tall vaulted ceilings keeps them from overwhelming the living areas.
■ Deciding on the timbers’ function. In Zach’s home, the timber trusses and beams are not structural, so they can be placed wherever it makes the most sense within the home’s design. If you choose traditional timber framing for your home, the frame’s structure will play a big role in the interior’s layout.