A Ready-to-Build Timber Frame Cape
Here is our modern take on the classic Vermont Cape, a great starter house for a couple or small family.
Advantages to purchasing a "Very Fine House" from TimberHomes Vermont
Straightforward: With the Very Fine House you get the “Best of TimberHomes” designs without the additional client planning and design cost.
Semi-customizable: This two or three bedroom cape comes with some pre-designed “add-on features” that can simply be tacked on to the bill without having to pay or wait for a quote.
Energy Efficient: All of our buildings meet and often exceed Vermont’s stringent residential building code, utilizing state of the art windows and air sealing products used in Passiv House construction.
Zero Emissions: The very fine house is designed to run on efficient electric heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. This means cleaner air in and around your home and more efficient use of the world’s natural resources.
Hybrid Design: The “hybrid timber frame” option (recommended) offers a timber frame core and stick-framed exterior walls and rafter system. The Hybrid is the best of both worlds. You get the look of a custom full timber frame with the savings of a less expensive “stick-framed” house.
To order: Send us an email » or call: 802-685-7974
Lead time: Ranges from 3 – 4 months depending on the season and demand. 9 months from signed contract to turn-key home.
Price: Starting at $365,000
Our timber frames are built using natural timbers from our local forests. We work with high-quality timbers and individually choose the wood for your house with care. Trees are unique and, as such, are not perfectly uniform. This means that your Vermont cape will be unlike any other.
Very Fine House 2 Specs
- 1.5 story house
- 2 or 3 bedrooms
- building foot print 24′ x 32′
- square footage: 1,284
- Starting at $365,000
- Building footprint: 768 square feet.
- Approximate finished square footage 1284 square feet.
- Concrete slab on grade. Thickened edge, frost-protected slab, sanded and stained for finish floor.
- 2×6 walls insulated with dense pack cellulose: R-21 insulation value.
- 2×4 truss rafter roof, 16 inches deep, insulated with dense pack cellulose: R-61 insulation value.
- Air sealing three times better the the requirements for the VT energy code.
- ZR-5 Alpen Windows.
- 2 window color options: White & Bronze.
- Shiplap exterior siding.
- Pine exterior trim and casings.
- Pine and Cherry interior trim.
- Pine window and door jambs.
- Standing seam metal roofing.
- Planed and oiled timber frame.
- Cabinets built in our TimberHomes Vermont shop featuring pine boxes, pine face frames, doors with pine rails and stiles with cherry panels.
- Maple butcherblock coutertops.
- Timber frame stairs featuring cherry treads and pine risers.
Options at Low or No Additional Cost
Much of the details of the Very Fine house are customizable with no or low additional cost. These go a long way in making this feel like a full custom home.
- Window color: 2 choices, white or bronze.
- Lighting fixtures.
- Roof color.
- Countertop material.
- Plumbing fixtures.
- Bathroom tile.
- Concrete stain color and sheen.
- Interior trim style and species.
- Change concrete floor to pre-finished hardwood.
These pre-designed option allow you to build your dream home without having to pay the premium for designing and building a custom home from scratch.
These feature include:
- Upgrade windows to Alpen ZR-6 series. Better performance and more color options.
- Add dimmer package to lighting.
- Add accent lighting package.
- Change drywall to veneer gypsum plaster.
- Provide Heat pump water heater and other features needed to meet Efficiency Vermont rules.
- Change bathtub to walk-in shower.
- Custom kitchen design & layout.
- Add a wood stove.
- Add dormer(s) to second floor.
- Add porch.
- Add screened porch.
- Add forked-post entry.
- Add solar shelter.
- Add woodshed or other outbuilding.
- Add deck(s).
- Add entry room wing.
- Add backup generator.
Included Appliances and Mechanical Systems
The appliances and systems are priced out for mid-range quality. Mid-range tends to be plenty-good and much thriftier than your luxury brand items. A detailed list is available upon request.
- Elecrtric Range
- Range Hood
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning
- Mini-split high efficiency heat pump provides heating and cooling. One outdoor head, two indoor heads.
- Backup electric baseboard (for extreme low temperatures, if required).
- Electric water heater.
- Whole house ducted HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation).
Lighting & Plumbing Fixtures
- Electric panel, wiring, and outlets.
- Typical LED lighting. Recessed, wall sconces, etc.
- MBR tub with tile surround.
Full Timber Frame VS Hybrid Timber Frame
When you build a full timber frame house, in some ways you have to build the structure twice. On a full timber frame we often have to build stick framed walls with 2×4’s or 2×6’s on the outside of the existing timber framed exterior walls. We call this a “shell” or a “curtain wall.” The reason we do this is so you can see the full timber frame that you pay for and because it is hard to insulate and run electrical and plumbing in a wall that is full of timbers.
The Hybrid Timber Frame has no timbers on the exterior walls or in the roof system. Instead we make the “curtain wall” structural using conventional “stick framing” or “balloon framing” techniques. The result feels largely the same on the inside but saves you a lot of money. The interior timber frame is still holding up the second floor and part of the roof framing and has the classic TimberHomes feel of naturally curved structural members. See the pictures below for the difference between the two options.