Ten Timber Projects to Add Pizazz and Value to Your Home

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Love your house but feeling like it needs to be freshened up?
Consider some of these timber projects to add new life to your home. It's easier than moving!
You'll not only increase the value of your home, you'll also add function and beauty.

duck-bottom-plantation-lodge decorative timbers

Add Decorative Accent Timbers

You can add timber framing into your existing home with smaller timber projects. We can install decorative posts and beams that mimic the appearance of structural timbers. Decorative trusses can be installed in already completed rooms, adding a dramatic effect.

See more of our completed timber projects and get ideas here.

Update Your Stairs & Handrails

There are tremendous opportunities to update your home by changing your stairways. From redoing the complete system to replacing the handrail only, the options are vast. Whether you want a traditional feel or a contemporary, open look, we can help you achieve it.

​Take a look at some stairways we've built and let us know what you'd like!

mixed wood stairs
poplar mantel

Change Your Mantel

Are you looking for a small timber project that packs a big punch? Changing your mantel can give your fireplace a whole new look. Whether your style is rustic or refined, we can help!

Picking your wood species will begin the process. Consider adding brackets or corbels, or choose a simple timber.  A live edge natural timber can add interest if it fits your style.  

 A mantel project can highlight mortise and tenon joinery for extra impact. We can install the new mantel for you or you can take it on as a DIY project. 

Add a Covered Front Porch

You don't want to wait for someone to answer their door while raindrops drip down your neck, and you don't want your guests to experience that either! Adding a covered front porch has other benefits, as well. You'll extend the life of the door itself along with any existing steps or platform, and save money & time on repairs.

A covered front porch gives your home a welcoming appearance. Create the first impression that reflects your personal style to friends and family.

timber frame entry porch
Timber framed porches

Add a Covered Back Porch

Your front porch presents your public face. Whether it's formal or casual, it's the first thing you and your guests see when coming to your home. Back porches are your private space. This is where you kick back and relax with friends and family.

Covering your porch extends the life of the decking. Who wants to reseal their porch every other year? No one! Let's spend that time cooking out, playing games or curling up with a good book.

Take a look at some of our completed porch projects and let us know what you want!

Add a Carport

​A carport is a great way to protect your vehicle, and increase the value of your home. As a bonus, it can also serve as an auxiliary outdoor living space.

These homeowners wanted covered parking, an additional shady spot for cookouts and gatherings, and a structure that would complement their home's style. With this timber framed carport we were able to achieve all of their goals. 

White pine timber frame carport
timber framed pavilion next to creek

Add a Pavilion

We can think of so many places and so many uses for a pavilion!  Whether you want a covered spot right in your backyard, or somewhere in the woods by a creek, a pavilion gives you a spot to lounge, have a picnic, sit by a fire - the list is endless.

Having an outdoor space under roof means that rain or snow don't have to keep you inside.

Here's a look at some pavilions we've done in past to give you some ideas for yours.

Add an Outdoor Kitchen

​The historic summer kitchen has evolved into today's outdoor kitchen.  Cooking outside no matter the weather, not heating up your house, and protecting your grill are just some of the benefits of an outdoor kitchen.

Whether you want a simple structure to house your grill or an elaborate kitchen complete with running water and electricity, we can design and build the timber frame to suit your needs. Your outdoor kitchen will quickly become your favorite spot to hang out with friends and family!​

timber frame outbuildings
finished timber framed gazebo on dock

Add a Gazebo

These structures are most often found in gardens, there to provide shade and a place to rest. Gazebos serve as an ornamental feature in a landscape and many times are octagonal.

We built the gazebo pictured here on a floating dock, which created some unique challenges!

You can check out the raising process of this gazebo here.

Add a Pergola

A pergola is an open-sided structure, topped with rafters (slats) or lattice. You will often see them covered in vines or climbing plants. Pergolas do provide some shade. The amount depends on the spacing of the rafters on top.

This is a very economical way to add interest to your yard, and can provide the perfect spot to put your grill!

You can look at another design here.

outdoor kitchen timber frame pergola

As an added bonus to refreshing your home, research has found that living with visible wood has health benefits.

So, give us a call and let's talk about your next timber projects!