Michigan Timber Frame Home

Freeport, MI3,134 Sq. Ft.

Project Summary:

Located on a beautiful lakefront property in Freeport, Michigan, this modern timber frame home is the first Thielsen Timber Frame Home Kit ever completed. With 3,134 square feet of conditioned living space, plus a 1,167 sq. ft. three-car garage, a 1,190 sq. ft. basement, and a 598 sq. ft. outdoor living space, this custom home boasts an all-inclusive floor plan tailored to our client’s taste and lifestyle needs.

The main level opens to a T-shaped foyer that accesses a half-bathroom, a laundry room, a mud room leading into the garage, and a generous primary bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and two walk-in closets on the left-hand side. To the right of the entryway, you’ll find a cozy rustic living space complete with a modern kitchen, a small dining area, and a great room with a tall stone fireplace and built-in cabinetry. Large Pella Lifestyle Series windows fill the space with natural light, while massive king post trusses and heavy timber ceilings add to its distinct rustic charm. Additionally, patio doors at the rear lead to an outdoor living space with a stunning timber frame deck cover that overlooks this client’s LED-lit pool and the neighboring lake.

Upstairs, our clients can utilize two bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom, a bonus room, and a loft area open to the living space below. Two floors down, an unconditioned basement with a garage door in the rear offers additional storage space for our client’s vehicles, outdoor toys, and equipment.

General Overview:


  • 3,134 SQ. FT. Conditioned Living Space
  • 1,167 SQ. FT. Garage
  • 1,190 SQ. FT. Basement
  • 598 SQ. FT. Outdoor Living Space


  • (3) Bedrooms
  • (2 1/2) Bathrooms
  • Bonus Room
  • Open-Concept Living Space


  • Wayne Dalton Garage Doors
  • Woodtone RusticSeries™ Panel Siding
  • Heavy Timber Ceilings
  • Custom King Post Trusses
  • Added Basement & Third Garage Bay

Custom Features:

Although this timber frame home keeps a similar layout and style to our standard Thielsen, numerous custom details throughout make it highly unique, including Wayne Dalton Carriage House Style garage doors and Woodtone RusticSeries™ Panel siding. To accommodate our client’s need for additional vehicle and storage space, we also added a third garage bay to the original two-car garage and a basement with a separate garage entrance in the rear. Part of what makes this home so warm and welcoming is its heavy timber ceilings and beautiful wood cabinetry, window trim, and interior doors. This extra detail contributes a great deal of character and charm to the structure, providing our client with a stunning, woodsy interior that’s totally their own.

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