Monroe County Parade of Homes Winner!

Custom Woodcraft Builder’s Passive home won numerous awards from the Monroe County Building Association!

We are grateful for being awarded the following awards:

Judge’s Choice

Best Architectural Feature

Most Energy Efficient

Best Master Suite

Best Workmanship

It is an honor to be in the Parade of Homes and we want to thank the Monroe County Building Association .


Passive Home Information


2250 Timbercrest
Nashville, Indiana 

MCPH CWB Promo Exterior (1 of 1) copyImagine living ‘in the trees’ surrounded by gorgeous handcrafted wood timbers with no maintenance and almost no energy cost. This type of efficient sturdy air tight construction is now available right here in Indiana.


Many people would love to live in a log home retreat surrounded by the bests of Mother Nature’s wood, however, that would be a full time job of maintenance. Custom Woodcraft Builders (CWB) offers old fashioned wood peg timber frame construction surrounded with gorgeous wood that is completely supporting the house, all on the inside. Our Beamery Timber Frames are handcrafted right here in Indiana for the best in sturdy maintenance free construction. No nails. No screws.  Clear open floor plans. Traditional time tested mortise and tenon joinery. Simply the most solid type of home construction there is.


How does your house receive fresh air? Todays ‘stick build’ homes inherently say air (hot and cold) pass through the walls, roof, windows and doors. Does this sound like an efficient way to build? What does the R value matter if your house ‘leaks’ hot and cold air? Yes all homes need fresh clean air. CWB designs homes that are air tight and then controls that air as it enters and leaves the home with an air exchanger. Our timber frame homes are completely wrapped in R 24 structural insulated wall panels (SIPs) and R 40 roof panels completely sealing the home with no thermal breaks. Even better, all timber frames and SIPS utilized by CWB are made right here in Indiana, helping the local economy.


If you want to take your super-efficient ‘Cadillac’ house to even a higher level of energy efficiently, CWB is the general contractor for Indiana’s very first passive energy home (certification pending) with no HVAC , no traditional furnace or air conditioner. Passive home building utilizes 75-95% less energy so that costs are very quickly earned back. Passive houses utilize a combination of site, location, sun, shading, air tight insulation, special triple pane glazed windows, LED lighting, state of the art ventilation and lifestyle. The actual end cost of a passive home can be comparable to any custom home with immediate savings starting with the first utility bill.


The future of energy costs are unknown. No one wants cold winter air leaking into their house or hard earned heat leaking out. If building a new home, it only seems logical and prudent to build a home utilizing resources and technology right here in Indiana to achieve the beauty and efficiency we all dream about for the same amount of cost. Custom Woodcraft Builders provides this type of construction.

Indiana’s First Passive Energy Home

Indiana’s first Passive Energy Smart Home is ALMOST FINISHED in Brown County Indiana!
The Open House will be SOON! Check Back Often for the Date!
RSVP for a Personal Tour!
 Watch the video of the timber frame raising!
Watch the first video of the SIP Panels going on!      Watch the second video of the SIP Panels going on!
  Being built in breath taking Brown County, Indiana, this full timber frame smart home is Indiana’s first 100% Passive home.

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Wall of Windows (1 of 1)Stairwell Unfinished (1 of 1)

Indiana Home Beats “Passive House” Air Tightness Standard!

Interior of Poole home

The air tightness of a home built by Custom Woodcraft builders and the Beamery with David Watters as the designer in Indiana measured .56 air changes per hour (ACH) at 50 Pascals, beating the .60 ACH required for the Passive House standard used for energy-efficient buildings throughout Europe, and increasingly in the U.S. The Brown County Indiana home owned by an Indianapolis couple is ‘air tight’ with two sealed ‘envelopes’ – one with Thermocore SIPS (4″ walls and 61/2 ” roof) and another of 4″ foam on the walls and 5″ additional on the roof. The architects unique cost effective design to achieve the passive ‘no hvac’ goal is a first in Indiana.

Progress – Brown County Passive Home

Wall of Windows (1 of 1)All internal framing is in place.

All electrical rough in is finished.

All plumbing rough in is complete.

All low voltage security and surround sound is complete.

The roof and exterior walls are all being wrapped in required passive foam.

The three car garage has been built.

Septic field is complete.


Next step: drywall, insulation, roof shingles and stone!

Contact Custom Woodcraft Builders for a tour.


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