5 Ways to Tighten Your Timber Frame Budget
1. Use local species. For example, if you live on the east coast, white pine and oak will typically be cheaper than other non-local species. Shipping timbers across the country is an added expense that you don’t necessarily need to add to your bottom line.
2. Mix up your roof system. Consider enclosing the roof over the timbered areas of your home with SIPs, but using a conventional system over the other areas of the house. By doing this, you can take advantage of the ease of using the SIPs and the speed and insulation values they provide while also enjoying the cost savings that come with a conventional roof system.
3. Keep your frame simple. The more complex your frame is, the more it’s going to cost. And the more joints and board footage of wood in the frame, the more complex things get. Note: Keeping the frame simple can be challenging depending on your plan, but this is a good tip to keep in mind when making decisions with your designer.
4. Find the best prices. Both suppliers’ and contractors’ prices will vary so getting three estimates for everything is a smart strategy. (If you only get two, you won’t have the third one to verify if someone is too high or too low.) Make sure you create a thorough request document to send to each supplier to make sure you get a true apples-to-apples comparison.
5. Listen to the pros. Ask your professional team how to save money as they will often know ways to cut back on the cost of their services or how you can tweak your plan to make it work within your budget.