12×36 Small Timber Frame Plan with Loft

Two story 12x36 timber frame 3D

This versatile small timber frame plan could be finished as a workshop or a glamping cabin.  It measures 12’ wide by 36’ deep and has three bays. The loft expands your living or storage space.  Add our 10x36 shed plan, and you will have a cool little cabin.  Too long? Easily adjust the length to match your needs.

Please note that, unlike most of our plans, this frame is designed as  rough-sawn. The piece drawings are shown dimensioned at the actual size of 8x8

The instant-download PDF drawings include 26 sheets, including renderings, timber schedule, plan, elevation, and sectional drawings, and all the piece and joinery details you will need to build this small timber frame. Formatted in an instantly downloadable PDF for 8 ½” x 11’ paper.

12×36 Timber Frame Plan with Loft (5792) Interactive 3d Model

12x36 2d Plan Overview

12x36 Timber Frame Second Floor 3D

12x36 Timber Frame Isometric Drawing

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20 thoughts on “12×36 Small Timber Frame Plan with Loft”

  1. Do you happen to have any pictures of any of these finished? I would like to see how you would go about finishing them out.

  2. Katrina Williams

    Hello James – The dimensions are 8′-4″ from the foundation to the bottom of the tie beam, and 6-0 1/2″ from the top of the tie beam to the collar tie.

  3. Is there a way to easily modify this to a full two story? Looking for a 12′ x 30′ two story addition.

  4. Looking to build something similar, but 16 x 36, 1-1/2 story – could these plans be modified accordingly?


  5. Hello I was wondering if this type of design could be 24’x36’. Was was looking at the barn and I think it would be to high with the top floor being 15’ to the peak this style here you say is 6’ to the peak from the second floor.

  6. On the loft joists, I assume they are joined as dovetail joints for the inner joists but the outermost joists — how are they joined to the posts?

  7. All of the rafters are housed into the beams/posts 3/4 to 1″ and are secured with a structural screw. I do not recommend the dovetail at the end of a joist. As the timbers dry, the timbers dry away from each other weakening the joints.

  8. Yacine Benylles

    is the price for the plan the same if you supply it as ben requests in the above post?
    BENAUGUST 21, 2018 AT 8:09 PM
    Looking to build something similar, but 16 x 36, 1-1/2 story – could these plans be modified accordingly?

  9. The plan is what I am looking for could it be sized for 14 feet wide?
    The beams would not change much only the rafters correct?

  10. i had asked for 14 foot wide and Brice said no problem. next question is can we add base logs and floor joists on the bottom floor??
    what is the length of the beams to make the 36 foot run two 18’s?

  11. Does this design lend itself to using sip panels? Seems tricky with the protruding beams and cantilevered roof, right?

  12. Would it be possible to build this structure on sonotube concrete posts, if so, what hardware would be best to secure the posts? Or, would it be better to have the posts come down on sills? Thanks

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