There are two methods commonly used to frame a house: timber framing and stick framing. Of the two, stick framing is the more common method and generally less expensive. The cost of framing a house is measure by the square foot. For a timber framed house the average cost is $250 per square foot and for stick framed houses, $150 per square foot. The cost of lumber, the building design and the cost of local labor will all have a bearing on the final cost of framing a house.