Tiny Timber Frame Houses

timber frame structure

Timber frame construction was used by early settlers. It is recognized by its large timbers and intricate joints. The strong structural timbers support the roof without the need for support from the walls. To give lateral support and to help resist the wind, diagonal knee braces are used throughout.There are many different ways to complete your timber framestructure. Some infill options include:

  1. Straw Bale
  2. Cord Wood
  3. Log paneling
  4. Stone
  5. Shingling over walls
  6. Slab Siding
  7. Board and Batten
  8. Tongue and Groove or Bevel

There are many timber frame building companies, but I have found a couple who specialize in small buildings and would recommend you look into them for your needs. One even offers training and workshops. Here they are:

Shelter Institute offers classes at there facility in Woolwich Maine. They also sell ready made timber frames that start at $12,050 for a 20 x 20 precut frame plus shipping. Shelter Home Institute also offers training through workshops if you want to learn more and get some hands on experience before you build. For more information visit there site by clicking the link above.

Timberlast specializes in small spaces and there kits start at 8 x 10 and go to 24 x 24. Timberlast is geared toward the do-it yourselfer. Their goal is to provide beautifully handcrafted timber frame structures at an affordable price. Their frames are easily erected in just a few hours and ready for you to finish.

Click here for a interview and slide show with David Fernandez of Timberlast.com In the next couple of articles I will look at some of the infill options using timber frame, the first being straw bale, followed by cord wood.

timber frame structure

timber frame detail

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Karl Beiser - March 5, 2008 Reply

Please note that the correct name is “Shelter Institute” — no “Home” involved.

Chris - January 27, 2012 Reply

I have been reading and following the tinyhouseblog for quite a while, and appreciate your articles, BUT they are WAY too brief

    Kent Griswold - January 27, 2012 Reply

    Hi Chris, sorry about the posts being brief but that is the way it is. In this article there are several links that go to the original blog and give you much more detail. I would encourage to find those and learn more about this project from them.

TH - October 15, 2012 Reply

Think Chris has a good point. The articles here are often to brief. Please write more – or at least add some more pictures.

Mike Shenton - April 28, 2013 Reply

We also specialize in small timber frames. Our motto is “Live Big-Build Small”.

Mike Shenton - June 2, 2013 Reply


We build small timber frames at an affordable price.

David Erik Finn - February 14, 2014 Reply

How did you secure the timber posts to the metal trailer?

Jessica - February 21, 2017 Reply

Timber Frame is the best choice for renovating home or building as they are simple, durable and sustainable. I love these kind of small houses , Great Work.

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Megan Alder - March 30, 2018 Reply

I have been looking around at post frame buildings as I am thinking about having one built for me. it is so interesting the the same type of construction was used by early settlers and that there are so many different types! I will have to continue to do some research about pole frame buildings.

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