Modern Timber Frame House Plans

Love the warmth of wood? Want a more contemporary feel?

Capture a Modern Aesthetic with the Warmth & Durability of Timber Frame

You may love the look and feel that wood brings to a home, however, you may also want a more contemporary design. Achieving this is easier than you may think!

Many of our timber frame house plans beautifully marry the comfort of wood with a sleek modern look. How? Here are a few examples:

  • Simple roof lines and dormer styles
  • Mono slope roof options
  • Sleek, clean truss profiles options
  • Open concept floor plans for modern living
  • Range of window, door, and siding options to achieve a unique and modern style

Ways to finish your homes to achieve a modern look:

  • Roof material choice
  • Interior stairs and railing with contemporary options like open risers, clean glass railings, and metal handrails
  • Finishing elements including how the timbers are stained, flooring, cabinetry, and fireplace style
  • Exterior colour scheme of windows, siding, and roof
  • Landscaping

Check out some of our modern timber frame house plans and see what catches your eye!


The Buckhorn 4133

712 sq ft

This luxury timber frame cabin design features:

  • 1 floor
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom

The Buckhorn 4133 is the perfect luxury timber frame cabin! This full timber frame house plan would make a wonderful addition to your cottage setting. A separate cabin, or bunkie, is a fun and useful feature to add to your cottage, especially as your family grows.

This cabin could have many uses. It could provide an impressive, private retreat for your guests or adult children, or could act as the primary suite for the owners away from the hustle and bustle of the main cottage. Certainly, the Buckhorn 4133 could be the stand-alone building on a property, as it’s fully serviced with all the comforts needed to enjoy your getaway property.

The Osler 4132

2,441 sq ft

The Osler 4132 is a modern timber frame Scandinavian cabin house plan that showcases the beauty of timber frame in a minimalistic design. For this house plan, our designers took inspiration from Scandinavian architecture. The Scandinavian climate is similar ours here in Canada with long, dark winters that include high winds, lots of snow, and frigid temperatures. Scandinavian architecture is noted for its clean lines, use of natural materials, capturing natural light, and expertly blending the building into the surrounding landscape. 

The curb appeal of the Osler Scandinavian cabin is undeniable. Deep roof overhangs on the front and back of the building usher you into the home and provide protection from the elements as you come and go. 

We’ve shown The Osler with decking on three sides of the building, including a 275 sq.ft. 3-season Muskoka room. There’s lots of room and vantage points to enjoy the surrounding views whether it be the ski slopes, the forest, or a sunset.

The Kershaw 3808

1,255 sq ft

The Kershaw 3808, one of our timber frame contemporary designs is ideal for capturing breathtaking views. This modern design features a contemporary mono pitched roof with an eye-catching wedge of clerestory windows peeking out the top, and a glimpse of the timber frame screened in porch, or Muskoka room, off the side of the building. 

This contemporary house plan was designed to have fantastic traffic flow and sight lines. Natural light floods in through the front clerestory windows and the large window wall at the back of the home. The open concept main floor makes it a very livable space. The kitchen is a true chef’s kitchen with lots of counter space and a huge island. The kitchen, dining room, and great room connect nicely with still managing to each maintain its own defined spaces. The soaring fireplace in the great room draws your eye up to the cathedral ceiling highlighting the contemporary mono pitched roof. 

The Dufferin 2822 (Modern)

3,643 sq ft

The Dufferin 2822 house plan has a square-like footprint so it’s well suited to a variety of lots and locations - a country estate lot, a cottage lot, or even a large urban lot.

The Dufferin ticks all the boxes: attached 2-car garage, main floor master suite, main floor office, up to 6 additional bedrooms, cathedral ceilings, and a large expanse of windows to capture the view.

Some features that lend a modern vibe include: the shed dormers, the wide board and batten siding combined with horizontal wood siding all in the same monochromatic colour scheme, the black windows with simple mullions, and the clean, simple lines of the trusses.

Contemporary Comfort

3,130 sq ft

  • 2 Floors
  • 3 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths

These homeowners had a very specific vision for their cottage and wanted to combine elements of a mountainside retreat with modern farmhouse style.

The result is a breathtaking design that features a large open concept living/dining area with a vaulted ceiling and double-hinged doors that open completely to remove any barrier between the indoors and the large deck outside.

Sarah Richardson Designed Contemporary Chalet

This well-designed modern home features:

  • 2 Floors
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms

Normerica built this ski chalet in the Collingwood, ON area in 1986. In 2019, new owners hired Sarah Richardson Design Inc. to give the home a refresh. Get inspired by how Sarah Richardson decorates a Normerica timber frame home.

This project is proof in the importance of choosing a well designed and built home – decorating trends may come and go, but a Normerica timber frame stands the test of time.

The Bayfield 3945

1,617 sq ft

The Bayfield is a simple and modern bungalow with a refreshed plan that will appeal to those wanting a modern timber frame plan that packs functional space into a modest footprint.

The Bayfield features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The open concept kitchen, dining room, and living room bring a contemporary feel. The vaulted great room enhances the modern style.

The Bayfield also embraces the outdoors with a 500 sq. ft. deck and screened in porch.

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