How much do we need to budget for our timber frame project?
MOVE IN READY PRICING
around $275 per square foot
There are countless variables to consider when budgeting for your new timber frame home. Before getting into these factors, let's establish a baseline. Having built hundreds of timber frame homes and additions throughout the past 30+ years and having canvassed numerous general contractors and architects for up to-date-pricing, the average "move in ready" timber frame home in our service area costs in the neighborhood of $275 per square foot of living space.
TIMBER FRAME PRICING
around 15% of total build price
Just like any product, timber frames vary widely in pricing depending on a multitude of variables. There are luxury options and entry level options available on every frame. If we were to set a baseline for the Timberworks|Design plans shared on our website, most of these frames would fall around 15% of total build for an engineered Eastern White Pine timber frame installed locally by our crew.
FACTORS AFFECTING TIMBER FRAME PRICING
VOLUME OF TIMBER
This is the amount of timber used to frame the space. Some spaces demand more timber for aesthetic reasons or for engineering reasons.
Just like anything else, some types of wood, are more expensive than others. Douglas fir and oak are beautiful but they do cost more than a white pine timber frame.
Every build site has unique characteristics that will affect the time needed to build a structure. Building in a open field is easier than building on a cliff-side overlooking a lake and the final price takes this into account.
Some designs are more time intensive to manufacture than others. Arched trusses, curved components, complicated joinery and complex roof systems will add to the overall price to manufacture and install.
FACTORS AFFECTING TOTAL BUILD PRICE
Beyond your choices for the timber framing of a new home there are countless design options that will affect the ultimate build price. The short list includes: outdoor spaces, porches, high end trim packages, flooring choice, number and style of windows, complexity of building shape (number of corners), high end cabinetry and appliances. Furthermore, different geographic locations or markets dictate different pricing structures.