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Let me tell you about us: Conceived in the fall of 2010, Timber Frame Headquarters was created to educate and bring folks together with a common goal; to spread the word about timber framing and provide a valuable online resource for everyone. We are achieving this goal by providing a  showcase of timber frame house plans, a gallery, construction details and anything else we can think of.

A timber frame sparks imagination and an emotional response from everyone that is a part of building the frame, to owners and to the future visitors to the timber frame space.  On top of that emotional response, timber frames have added benefits of being energy efficient, handcrafted, and long lasting.  We hope that this site helps inspire you to build a timber frame or give you the information you need to make your project go a little smoother.

Brice Cochran Image - About UsAs Timber Frame HQ’s founder, I (Brice Cochran) have been working in the timber frame industry for ten years as a timber framer in the shop, project manager and designer. I am the proud father of two: Maddie and Liam. And I am happily married to my beautiful wife Christie.

I have finished my own 3,000-square-foot timber frame home in SC while working in and on my timber frame design business,  Whetstone Designs.

We are also developing a team of contributors and editors to help spread the benefits of building a timber frame.  If you are interested in being a part of this site, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

16 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Good evening. I’m looking for timber frame plans for a small house/cabin that is 24×34 with 1 bdr down/loft bdr, kitchen, bath, living area. Do you have one or can you make one?

    Thank you,
    Jim Hathaway

  2. Hi Brice,
    Nice Site
    I am building a porch onto a small cabin and like your 8 x 12 12 /12 pitch with 8×8’s design. Structurally can I change the pitch to 5/12 and it still be structurally sound?

      1. Dennis Capnerhurst

        Hi, plans look great but I’m just wondering what exactly you get with the plan? Are these plans all engineered and ready to take in for building approval from my local county? Are the plans wood species dependant or do they assume a specific species? Are loads calculated to include most snow and wind load or other factors that may vary from region to region?
        Also, what is included in the membership? Does one have access to all the plans?

        Thank you.

        1. Katrina Williams

          Dennis, The plans we offer on our website have all been reviewed by an engineer, but not stamped. People build our frames all over the country, and in each location, there are different requirements. Timber species, design loads, and values needed are just some of the factors engineers need to take into account in each case. In fact, an engineer will not stamp a set of drawings unless the site address is on the plans.

          We do offer engineering services as an add-on to our standard plans. If this is something you are interested in, head over to https://timberframehq.com/custom-design/questionnaire/ and fill out the brief questionnaire. Armed with that information, we can get our heads into your project before we speak. That way we are best prepared to answer all of your questions.

          Getting an engineer to review and seal them begins at about $250 depending on your location and the complexity of the plan.

          You can check out the plans that are included in the Plan Bundle here.

    1. Katrina Williams

      The dimensions are 6′ x 10′ from outside to outside of the posts. The overall roof/beam dimensions are 10′-10″ x 12′-8″

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