Many customers want to live with the old-world look of a timber frame, but are not willing to pay the extra $5 to $20 per square foot that a complete timber frame typically adds to the price of a house. So we have tried to meet this need by "hybridizing" timber and stick framing — designing stick-framed houses that contain one room that is timber framed. The timber framing usually goes in a "public" area, such as the living room, dining room, kitchen, or sunroom. In this article we'll show you the methods we've developed for building a commonly requested feature: the exposed timber ceiling. Hybrid Advantages A conventional timber-frame ceiling has