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A Naturally Lit Timber Home

Posted on May 22, 2012
timber home loft with reading nook

Traditional timber frame building is well-known for designs tailored around open interior spaces that highlight the home’s timber elements. Timber framing, however, famously offers another interior delight: light. When you design a timber frame home, the incorporation of light, both artificial and natural, is of critical importance. This is because it dramatically impacts your finished home’s look and feel. With the help of your designer or ours, warmly illuminating your home’s interior is easily accomplished regardless of your design.

Window Walls

Most often seen in the communal spaces of the home, a wall of windows allows a virtually unobstructed view of your land while still providing optimum levels of natural light to filter throughout your home. Part of a timber frame home’s legendary look, designers achieve window walls by utilizing a series of small windows to complete a wall or through a smaller number of oversized windows, depending on your desired final look.

Clerestory Windows 

clerestory windows in a timber frame home
Clerestory windows invite natural light into this home’s master suite

Called clerestory windows, windows placed above eye level in a structure’s space are timeless in their use. Their purpose is twofold: provide natural light and maintain privacy. Clerestory windows perfectly serve these purposes without distracting from a room’s functionality. They also capture earlier morning light, as well as that of the near dusk, because of their elevated locations.

Sun Rooms

A popular feature in timber frame homes, sun rooms have the ability to not only provide natural light and pristine views, but to create a space in which homeowners and guests enjoy the outdoors during any season. Though enclosed, these rooms act as outdoor living spaces with the comfort of the home’s interior. 


Dormers are a superb feature to add to your home’s dimensional design because, much like window walls, dormers allow natural light to flow into your home. Protruding from roof planes around the home’s exterior, dormers vary in size, shape, and location depending on your design and desires. With thoughtful placement, dormers provide aesthetic appeal and ideal levels of light .

Work with your architect or designer and discover what window styles best work with your design in order to capture natural light and direct it into your timber home.

Concerned about large windows and energy efficiency? Don’t be. Read a few design tips for green timber framing.

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