Meet Our Owner

Tom Rouse

Tom Rouse

Owner & Licensed General Contractor

Hi, I’m Tom Rouse. I’m a licensed NC General Contractor at the forefront of the custom timber frame industry, and owner of Timberframe Horizons in Asheville, NC. I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina and spend much of my free time outdoors with my beautiful family enjoying all our area has to offer.

While growing up in New Hampshire, I developed an enthusiasm for the outdoors – rock and ice climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and snowboarding.  I have led groups on mountain climbs around the world in places such as the Andes in South America, volcanoes in Ecuador, the Western U.S., and the United Kingdom. I’ve also completed an expedition on the Patagonian ice cap and cycled 1600 miles in the U.K. These experiences led me to appreciate the importance of integrating home designs with the natural contours of the land, ensuring a minimal level of intrusiveness and environmental impact in each project.


I first became captivated by the form and complexity of timber frame construction in Western North Carolina over 18 years ago. I spent 4 years following my passion by exploring and understanding the art and craft of old-world timber frame techniques and hand-built timber frame homes.

Before opening the doors to Timberframe Horizons, I spent 11 years as the chief designer and project manager for a prominent timber frame company. Today, my team crafts buildings using traditional wood joinery and employs modern green building technology. The natural beauty and strength of sustainably-sourced wood are incorporated throughout each design.

Timberframe Horizons Design-Build projects include unique homes and structures, renovations and restoration, and light commercial jobs. Clients appreciate our ability to orchestrate their ideas and visions with talent, expertise, and genuine care.

Most of all, the Timberframe Horizons team has an impeccable eye for accuracy and collaborates exceptionally on your vision. Our clients recognize the incredible design flexibility, superior energy efficiency, and above all, the authentic warmth of a hand-crafted home that has a legacy of the finest craftsmanship and integrity.

We encourage you to bring us your ideas, no matter how unusual or innovative. We love a good challenge and welcome the opportunity to bring your vision to life!

A custom home takes time to design and build and Tom made sure we understood where we were in the process at all times. He worked with us to meet deadlines and made sure jobs were done to our expectations. The quality of our home reflects Tom’s dedication to excellence and we are happy to recommend him without any hesitation.
Mike & Anna


A professional organization providing excellent design, planning, and construction. They provided the best service helping to develop our project from start to finish in a efficient high quality way. Responsive to all our questions and concerns so that as we went forward everything progressed with minimal disruption. Very enjoyable to work with.