Is a timber frame a log home?

A timber frame home is not a log home. Log homes are built by stacking logs on top of the other. As a result, a log home “will quit settling when the ridge pole meets the ground” (to quote a log home builder). Timber frames are a type of post and beam construction that uses mortise and tenon joinery to connect members (no metal plates, no nails). Timber frames are the strongest form of construction utilizing natural materials, and the frame does not continuously settle. A timber frame affords a more open and versatile floor plan, and a timber frame with stress skin panels or straw bale walls is much more energy efficient than a log home. Finally, on the outside a timber frame can take on any look you want: Cape, Ranch, Saltbox, Victorian, Santa Fe, etc. Once inside, the heart of the home is revealed: the timber frame.