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Storybook Style
A Michigan couple breathes life
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Dining In
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Small Home, Big Dreams

his past Thanksgiving, while sitting around my


parents dining room table, my family and I got
to talking about our favorite things. As the tapered-candle centerpiece burned low, we helped ourselves
to a second (or third) piece of pie and took turns sharing
our most beloved pastimes and memories. And as we sat
there, our faces warmed by the wine and good company, a
funny thing happened. When asked to name our favorite
place in the world, all of us my husband, brothers, dad
had the same response: East Rosebud Lake.

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Nestled at the base of the Beartooth Mountains in


southwest, Montana, this sparkling spot is the home to my
paternal grandparents cabin, purchased back in 1986.
Its a humble retreat, with just a few small bedrooms, a
living room and pass-through kitchen nothing like
most of the homes that grace the pages of this magazine.
But theres a charm and undeniable coziness that youre
struck by as soon as you pull up into the gravel drive.
Plus, take one look off the back of the wraparound deck
and its easy to see what made my grandparents fall in
love with the spot all those years ago. (Check out the inset photos and youll see what I mean.)
Yes, my familys little cabin proves that, when it comes
to dream homes, its not all about size or even the perfect layout. With that said, if my grandparents had the opportunity to go back and plan their home from scratch,
they probably wouldve made a few changes. Perhaps the
bathroom with the clawfoot tub where my grandmother
loves to escape for long soaks would be tucked back with
the master bedroom, instead of off the main living space.
The kitchen couldve been widened a few feet to t more

than two people at a time.


And a bunkhouse would
have solved the early-morning problem of navigating
the way past nine grandchildren, sprawled out in sleeping bags on the living room
oor.
Fortunately, if youre
reading this youre most likely
blessed with the gifts of time,
planning and forethought
things my grandparents didnt
have when they decided to buy
an existing home. And if youre in the dreaming and
planning phase of your journey, you have time to gure
out what design features and amenities will make your future home feel and function well. For advice and inspiration, look no further than the pages of this magazine.
When I asked my family to explain what made the lake
such a special place to them, they couldve gone on forever. Late afternoons spent y-shing on the river, family
dinners at the Grizzly Bar (the beloved dining establishment in nearby Roscoe), morning coffee on beach no
two answers were alike. But in the end, it all came back to
the cabin, cramped quarters and all. Something tells me
your future home will be just as magical and memorable,
whether big, small or anywhere in between.

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The Big Finish


Stains, oils and clear coatings play a big role in your interior decor and the
health of your timbers. Heres how to choose the right nishing products.

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PICK YOUR PRODUCT


In most scenarios, timbers are nishplaned and sanded, and a nish is
apllied just before the frame is raised.
The smooth surface helps to keep the
timbers clean during the building
process. The most common surface
nish is oil. If the timbers are green,
its important to apply a penetrating
oil, which will allow the timbers to
breathe as they dry.
From there, youll need to decide if
your timbers need another type of treatment. Some wood species will naturally
deliver a suitable color and texture with
just a clear oil nish. If thats not possible, there are other types of nishes to
treat your wood. Heres a rundown of
whats available:

Stain. Available in nearly innite hues,


stains penetrate into wood to color it
rather than protect it. Opacity ranges
from solid and semi-solid to transparent (clear) and semi-transparent (with
a slight tint). If you want to not only
see the grain of the wood but change
its color, use a semi-solid or semi-transparent stain.
Finish. While this term is often used to
refer to any wood nishing treatment,
it denotes the clear protective coating
that sits on the surface of the wood,
universally protecting it from water, sun
and other elements.
Typically, nish can be applied as
a stand-alone product or as nal step
a day or two after a stain is applied. If
an oil-based stain was used, then an oil-

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ne of the major draws of


a timber home is how the
wood both inside and
out has a signicant impact on the
homes look and feel. Determining the
impression you want your timbers to
convey both now and years down the
road will help determine how you treat
the exposed wood in your house.
Stains and other nishes help preserve the warmth of natural wood, explains Carl Minchew, vice president of
color innovation and design at Benjamin Moore. Wood connects us to our
natural world, and stains allow the gorgeous properties of wood to remain.
Different nishing options will create different aesthetics. And our clearcut guide will help you make sense of
it all.

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based nish should be selected. Popular oil-based nishes include linseed


and tung oils. While both cure nicely,
tung oil is often preferred, since linseed oil may darken wood over time.

Varnish and polyurethane. Though


they are relatively easy to apply with
a brush, varnish and polyurethane
are often prone to dust adhesion
since they have a slow drying time. A
thinned rst coat may help alleviate
this problem. Varnish is composed of
cooking oil and a resin; polyurethane
is a type of varnish that is made with
polyurethane resin and is touted for
its durability and protective qualities.

Paint. Since paint will cover wood and


change its color completely, many
home owners avoid it. Nevertheless,
paint washes may provide some color
without completely hiding the wood.
The most frequently seen timberpainting technique is a whitewashing, where a thinned coat of paint is
applied, allowing some of the wood
tones and grain to peek through.

CHOOSE A COLOR
Once youve decided on the type of
product thats best for your timbers,
youll need to think about the color
and style you want to capture. Some
home owners opt for light stains; others for dark. Just keep in mind that
the color swatches you see in home
outlet stores are only a rough indication of what your stain will look like;
your nal result depends on your
wood type, how long you let the stain
soak in and your homes lighting
conditions. Reminder: Beams that
are too dark will absorb all the light
in a room, and once you go dark, its
not easy to lighten it up, so err on the
lighter side.
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How do you decide the right stain color
for your home? It depends on the look
youre trying to achieve. Check out these
options when pondering the perfect hue
to complement your timber home.
NATURAL BEAUTY. Owners of wood
homes love to show off the natural grain
of their timber. The visual appearance
of texture, knots, linear ticking in the
wood all the natural organic aspects
is popular, says Carl Minchew, vice
president of color innovation and design
at Benjamin Moore. This is especially
appropriate in homes with rustic decor.
Get the look by using transparent or light
stains, or a clear oil.

Your home for the

generations

IN A PICKLE. Popular in coastal settings,


pickling imparts an airy, serene avor
thats suitable in both contemporary and
casual homes particularly in decorating themes that focus on water. Use
light, whitish stains or paint washes to
achieve this effect.
COMBO PLATTER. Two-toning using
two different stains in the same room
works best when the larger surfaces
(such as oors, walls) are the lighter
shade, so your accent pieces are the
darker of the two colors. For example,
honey-colored beams will complement
pickled walls. Other trends include combining natural cherry and maple stains,
or accenting light-stained cherry with
an organic stain in the green, amber or
orange families. This look is most tting
with eclectic-style decors.

We wanted a home our kids and


grandkids would want to visit - a
home to make memories. Our great

THE DARK SIDE. Traditionalists often lean


toward dark-colored beams, a look thats
reminiscent of Old English and European
interiors. Keep in mind that dark colors can
be great for the look you want to create,
but they can be difcult to change later
on. Furthermore, if your home is small,
dark beams may make it feel even
smaller.

memories began with our dreams,


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yet to end.

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drawing board

Drive-In Design
R

emember the days when a garage was simply a place to


park your vehicle? If so, hold
on to those memories with fond nostalgia because those days are long gone.
Somewhere along the line, the garage
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has transformed from a simple parking place into (at best) a nerve center
for your hobbies, from gardening to
woodworking to outdoor sports, or (at
worst) a repository for all the junk you
dont want cluttering up your home.

Often, despite our most earnest intentions to create the former


garage, we end up with the latter.
Fortunately, building a new home
gives you the opportunity to wipe the
slate clean; a way to start over and do

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Fool-proof tips to achieve garage greatness

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OPPOSITE: To create a streamlined look,


choose a door aesthetic that matches the
exterior style of your home.
THIS PAGE: Attached garages will protect
you from the weather, but the detached
versions will shield your home from potential fumes. To get the best of both worlds,
think about building a breezeway (left) to
join the two spaces. Q If youre thinking of
taking on a hobby or housing collectibles
in your garage, plan ahead for electrical,
lighting and plumbing needs.

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today, for us and our childrens busy
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us and our dog.

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right by your garage. To start, give


your garage the same respect you
would other rooms, advises Theresa
Russell, co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Garage Solutions Illustrated.
The best way to make sure your garage stays on par with your kitchen or
great room? Spend a little time thinking about its design.

OUTSIDE IN
All too often, the garage is merely an
afterthought to the rest of the house.
But when you stop to consider that
your garage counts just as much toward your homes curb appeal as your
front porch, youll realize that this multifunctional space shouldnt be treated
like a second-class citizen and that

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that reflect our values.

goes for everything from doors and


nishes to windows and trim.
I see so many people who build
high-end homes and then just put
white steel doors on their garage, says
Ty Ostroviak of The Great Northern
Door Company in Savage, Minnesota.
It just doesnt look good.
Instead, he suggests, lavish your garage with the same materials youve
used on your home, right down to the
doors. If you choose a custom wood
garage door, try to match that to your
front entry door, he says. Its a good
way to tie everything together.
Dont have the budget for custom
garage doors? Doors built with a steel
core and faced with a PVC-like material
that imitates wood can provide you with
a similar look without the high cost
or the regular maintenance.

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Beyond aesthetics, the placement of


your garage is also important. While
the orientation of the sun is certainly
a factor (particularly if you have wood
doors, which youll want to keep as
shaded as possible to promote longevity), the main concern is how youll get
from the garage to the house. In other
words, its time to consider the biggest
garage question of them all: attached
or detached?
While your decision will ultimately
come down to personal preferences,
there are pros and cons to each option. Attached garages will protect
you from the weather when rushing to
and from your car, but the detached
version will insulate your house from
fumes (exhaust, gas) that might seep
in from the garage. These days, homeowners hoping to get the best of both
worlds are building detached garages
that are connected to the house by a
sheltered breezeway or porte-cochere.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Once youve got the exterior of your
garage settled, its time to concentrate
on the all-important interior. The
foolproof way to create an organized
garage from scratch is to be honest
with yourself about how youll really
use the space. First, remember that although the space will most likely hold
a collection of other items, it will need
to house your cars a factor that will
have a big impact on the layout. A basic one-car garage is 12 by 24 feet, and
most garages add spaces in 12-foot
increments. Figure on a minimum
9-by-18-foot reserve per car so you can
open doors with ease.
From there, consider any storage
needs you might have. Because of its
proximity to the outdoors, the garage
often is an ideal place to store gardening tools and sports equipment, and
manufacturers have responded by offering specialized storage units that are
a breeze to install. (Note: Make sure
these units suit your purpose, otherwise
theyll just eat up oor space.) Also, remember that hooks, shelves, racks and
bins are a good idea. Prioritize what
goes where based on how often youll
use an item, and label everything to
help maintain order. Another tip: Look
for empty storage space higher up.
Storage volume above the cars, workbenches, entries and the garage door is
usually wasted.

FINISHING TOUCHES
In addition to storage, consider other
uses you can get out of your garage. Do
you want to install a laundry room or
home ofce in the space? Even if you
dont intend to implement these features right away, Theresa says, its still a
good idea to install things like plumbing and electricity, as it will be more
difcult and expensive to retrot later.

Electrical. In a garage, an outlet

Lighting. In terms of bang for your

every six feet is a good rule of thumb.


Make sure the garage is on a dedicated
circuit, free of interference from hair
dryers and appliances. Use four-plug
outlet boxes to cut down on power
strips. Remember that electrical ordinances vary widely, so check the codes
before designing circuits.

buck, uorescent light xtures are still


hard to beat. Three well-placed 8-foot
xtures can provide all the light a garage needs, and remember to focus
task lighting over workbenches and
project areas.
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inside style

BY STACY DURR ALBERT

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Little Luxuries
Is your decorating taste richer than your wallet? No problem.
Our 13 budget-friendly ideas will dress up your kitchen, master bath
and great room without breaking the bank.
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O AHEAD INDULGE YOURSELF. Luxury in


the home has never been more affordable.
Thanks to innovations in design and manufacturing, a high-end look is now a reality in even the most
modest of houses.
There are many products on the market today that
help create an upscale look, explains interior designer
Elizabeth Watts of Lowes Home Improvement Center.
Faux nishes and custom-style trim bring sophistication
to any decor.

RIGHT: Bill Matthews photo

1. Regatta Pendant by Currey and Company ($440), available at


rexbilt.com. 2. Stainless-steel and steel-nished appliances add
gourmet appeal to any size kitchen. 3. Bump-out areas and cozy
nooks are a simple way to enhance your oor plan. 4. Create a
soothing feel in your master bathroom with heated oors and spalike nishes. 5. Unique touches like a one-of-a-kind farmhouse sink
and rustic hardware make a kitchen feel special.

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From realistic faux-stone countertops to innovative kitchen gadgets,


home accents have taken on an opulent
avor. Our list of affordable ideas will
have you on the road to extravagance
in no time with plenty of leftover
money in your home budget.

THE KITCHEN
Its the heart of the home, so why not
give the kitchen the royal treatment it deserves? Start by focusing on these areas:

1. Classy Counters
If theres only one area you can afford to
update, consider the countertops. Stone
and tile are especially luxurious. Quartz
is one of the hottest trends; its touted
for its durability as well as its fair price.
In addition, quartz retains less moisture
than other surface materials, translating
to fewer bacteria in the kitchen.
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If quartz and tile are out of your


budget, you can still enjoy the look
just fake it. Laminate countertops
are available in realistic faux-stone designs that cost much less than the real
thing. Another option is to go for a combination of authentic stone and laminate.
Theres just one thing to really
think about when updating your countertops: feasibility. Changing countertops
can be difcult if it involves a change in
plumbing, so better to put these countertops in your new home now than down
the road.

2. The Gourmet Chef


Ask any woman what she wants in a
kitchen, and shell probably pepper her
answer with the word gourmet. Restaurant-style looks are showing up on everything from toaster ovens to refrigerators. Stainless steel is now designed to

be more smudge-resistant, enhancing


its appeal. If you want the look, but not
the price tag, consider steel-nished appliances instead.
To continue the gourmet ambiance,
splurge on luxuries such as an Espresso
machine, an instant hot-water tap or
chiller, and several warming drawers.
Think about which luxury item youd
use the most and shop around for the
best bargain. Its worth checking out
online auction sites, such as ebay.

3. Haute Hardware
Details really do make the difference, and
cabinet hardware proves it. For a touch
of luxury, consider brass, nickel or
chrome nishes. For extra sparkle, buy
crystal or glass accents that reect the
natural light in the room. Upscale hardware will give your kitchen a sophisticated
avor without costing a bundle of cash.

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Flower and
Leaf Knob
Pulls by Acorn
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Company
($20.78 each),
available at
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5. Walking on Elegance

7. Lighten Up

Step up to sophisticated style by revisiting your oor treatment. If your budget


allows, consider hardwood or ceramic
tile. Both provide a classy look that will
set the stage for opulence. If you like the
look of these treatments but dont have
the funds to make it happen, consider
faux-ooring options such as linoleum
or vinyl tiles that mimic wood and stone.

Just by changing
light xtures or
bulbs, you can alter the
mood of your kitchen
to make it feel more
opulent. Steer clear
of ugly uorescent
lights in the center of the room,
and incorporate
more decorative xtures
and recessed lighting. Also,
under-cabinetry lighting is
relatively easy to add, and
creates an impressive look.

4. Everyday Indulgences

6. A Custom Look

Convenience is underrated its one


of the most luxurious gifts you can give
yourself in the kitchen. Affordable features such as pullout shelving and cabinets with lazy Susans, hidden storage and
self-closing doors will make a big difference in your daily routine. Put an organization system in your cabinets to help
eliminate countertop clutter. Organize
everything with convenience in mind.

Custom cabinetry is the hallmark of


a well-appointed kitchen, but not everyone can afford it. Instead, create
a custom look by mixing and matching stock-cabinet styles (glass-front options, for example) and colors. This is
a budget-friendly choice since you can
purchase surplus cabinets at discount
stores or ea markets and nish them
in a rich, textured paint.

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8. Beautiful Backsplash
Go for it fall in love with the most
expensive tile in your home store.
Then, incorporate just a few of these
tiles into a backsplash design. Many
people opt for moderately-priced tiles
in a solid hue interspersed with a few
extravagant, hand-painted tiles. Since
the backsplash is a relatively small area,
a few dazzling tiles will go a long way.
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If you indulge in every possible amenity


for the master bath, youll end up spending tens of thousands of dollars. While
this space should certainly be dressed
with luxury, there are affordable ways to
capture a touch of extravagance.

Granite, stone or ceramic countertops also are suggestive of a spa-like


setting. Since the bath counter isnt a
large space, you can probably afford
to surface it with a luxury material.
Faux-stone countertops are another
option.

9. A Day at the Spa

10. Toasty Toes

Sit back and envision your dream master bath a large oasis of space lled
with the latest amenities, such as a hot
tub, sauna and steam-shower. Unfortunately, these high-end items arent
often affordable or practical. If you
have the money, go ahead and indulge
yourself. If not, incorporate a spa avor
with smaller touches. For example, a
steam shower may be out of the question, but why not incorporate multiple
showerheads? To add more elegance,
consider a glass-enclosed shower.

What could be nicer than stepping onto


a heated tile oor? Radiant-oor heating is one of the hottest (literally) trends
in home design today. While it can be
pricey to install it throughout your
house, its more affordable in a smaller
space such as the bath. Since radiant
heat often saves energy costs in the long
run, its worth the initial investment.

11. Cabinetry as Furniture


The master bath has evolved from a
utilitarian space to a much-needed

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THE MASTER BATH

respite. Likewise, its cabinetry has


evolved from functional storage space
into decorative furniture that houses
all the necessary toiletries. Cabinetry
that takes on the look of furniture is increasing in popularity, including furniture bases with feet, putting cabinets up
on the counter and using open shelving to display rolled-up towels and bath
lotions. To add a small touch of luxury
to a bath cabinet, use a glass-front door
that reveals the accents behind it, such
as candles, lotions and vases.

break the bank. Decorative base molding is a great way to up the style ante, as
long as it doesnt interfere with the timbers in the room. If part of your great
room is a dining area, consider incorporating a chair rail. Chair rails range
from simple to ornate, and theyre generally easy to install yourself.
If youd like to incorporate handcrafted timberwork, this is the room to
do it. Even if you can only afford just
one or two striking designs, go for it.
Youll create a sophisticated look that
matches the grand scale of the room.

THE GREAT ROOM


The idea of a great room is a luxury
in itself, but if you want to make yours
even more luxurious, follow these tips:

12. Architectural Elegance


Add splendor to your great room with
subtle architectural details that wont

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5 nishes (shown here in European Beech).

13. Dressing Up
Its often said that the windows are
the eyes of the home. With such an
important role, they need to be
dressed beautifully. A great way to create instant visual impact is with dramatic draperies. Hang curtain panels
about a foot higher than your windows
to create a lighter and brighter feel in
the space, not to mention the optical illusion of added height. Hanging
the curtains directly atop the windows
keeps the room darker and could obstruc your views.
Arched windows or odd-shaped
windows can be dressed with balloon
shades, Roman blinds or roller shades.
Many fanciful designs are available; just
avoid choosing something too overdone. After all, you dont want to interfere with your homes greatest luxury of
all: the timbers.
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tip

Lofty
Aspirations

IN CUSTOM HOMES, LOFTS ARE A


POPULAR DESIGN FEATURE and its easy
to see why. In a timber frame, the ceiling
often rises high, and a loft can give you extra
square footage without compromising the
open feel. You can also build upward with a
loft without adding too much to the cost of
construction. You can even make the main
oor a little smaller because you have the
extra living area up above.
But how do you design such a space? The
trick is to dene its purpose before you build.
Here are four extra tips:

1. Dont Get Walled In. When designing


a loft, dont forget about roof pitch. For
example, a media room needs a straight wall
for the television rather than the angled walls
of a steeply pitched roof, and a library should
have at least six-foot-high walls for bookshelves. On the other hand, for a playroom
or a meditation room, a steep pitch might be
ne especially with knee walls for storage.
2. Look Out Below. Be sure to consider
how the loft relates to the space below it. An
open railing maximizes both the view and the
light, but if your loft will function as a guest
room, you might think about adding shutters
or a movable screen for privacy. To contain
noise from a media room, think about installing an insulated oor system rather than a
tongue-and-groove option.

3. Let There Be Light. Skylights are a dramatic way to lter in sunlight, but many loft
owners opt for a double advantage of light
and air by adding dormer windows, or even a
balcony and sliding glass doors.

I love the idea of retiring


in a timber frame, but

Im overwhelmed and confused


by the custom-home construction process. If I started tomorrow, how long would it take until
I could move in?

4. Location, Location, Location. Lofts


can be situated over kitchens or adjacent to
bedrooms to provide a sitting area, but most
people want to overlook the great room to
take advantage of the views from the huge
windows. Note: The loft should not be more
than a third the size of the great room to
guard against a tower effect with a toonarrow view upward.

As with any new build, theres


a lot of pre-planning to do
before you get started on your
timber home. Timber framing is labor
intensive; even frames that have been
cut on CNC machines often require hand
nishing. Each time you add design
complexity to your design (think of things
like adding antique wood, hand-hewn
nishes, hand-carved embellishments or
compound joinery), those factors can increase the time devoted to pre-planning,
thus putting off your build.
With that said, if you have your team
in place early on, you have the ability to
resolve issues in advance, reducing your
costs and saving you time. The Timber
Frame Business Council recommends
that all contractors, sub contractors, design professionals, engineers and the like
meet with you early on in the process.
Meetings with the team at the beginning
phase improves communication, allows
for tighter bidding, reduces cost overruns
from change orders and reduces total
construction time.
Once you get started, from start to
nish, it takes an average of 10 to 18
months before a timber home is completed. (Any delays in construction due
to severe weather or material shortages
could add up to another year or more.)

Plan for six months to tweak your oor


plan and to wait for the nal construction
plans. Then, it will take about another
two months for the timber to be cut and
delivered to your site. Raising the timber
frame, one of the most exciting times,
is also one of the shortest it will take
only a week or less. But nishing the
interior will add several more months to
the schedule.
Of course, none of this includes
factors such as choosing your timber
provider or securing nancing. But building the timber home of your dreams
takes time, and all good things are worth
the wait.

Paul Freeman
President, Timber
Frame Business
Council; Brooks
Post & Beam, Inc.

The Timber Frame Business Council


(timberframe.org) is a North American
non-prot trade association providing
information and resources to support the
timber frame industry.
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product guide

Roofs Done Right

OOFS GET NO RESPECT.

Roof Maintenance Tips


Most roof damage occurs before anyone at ground level notices it. The
following are some signs that your
roof (or parts of it) may need replacing.

They
protect interior spaces that
have been inspired by years
of preparation, and their pitches and
lines give a house its dimension. And
yet we often dont consider them until
our design team or builder bring them
up. Instead, your roof should be on the
short list of decisions to make during
the initial planning phase.
But roong options (just like most

nishes for the home) can be extremely


overwhelming, from the material choices to colors and pricing. To get started,
if you havent already done so, check
out online photo galleries, clip pictures
from magazines and envision the roof
youd like to have for your future home.
Now youre ready to consider the characteristics and benets of each material.
A closer look at three of the top roong
options may reveal whats right for you.

Asphalt Shingles

Wood Shakes

Slate

Asphalt shingles are the most common material used on roofs today, primarily because
they are affordable and dont require much
maintenance, not to mention they come in a
variety of colors and styles. The downside?
Because theyre lightweight, they can blow
off during high winds, and they tend to degrade faster in regions with high solar load,
such as the Southwest or Florida. Being so
susceptible to natures forces also means
composite shingles tend to have a shorter
lifespan than other materials used on timberhome roofs.

With wood shakes, a homeowner can


choose from a variety of wood types, as
well as the width and thickness of the
shake. Plus, though considered by many
consumers to be an upper-end material,
cedar shakes and shingles generally are less
expensive than tile, metal or slate, and they
provide good insulation while also allowing for air circulation. As a natural material,
however, wood shakes are vulnerable to rot,
mildew, mold and insects. Routine maintenance, such as sealing, inspection and
replacement, is required to keep a woodshake roof in good shape.

A slate roof is made of slices of rock cut to


the size of standard shingles. Like wood
shakes, slate also has a natural appearance
and comes in many sizes and colors. But
slate is immune to damage caused by rot or
insects, and it serves as good re protection.
Although it requires little maintenance, slate
comes at a price. Because it is heavy, some
homes require additional roof support, which
can get pricey. Additionally, the slate slabs
are breakable and should not be walked on
by a nonprofessional, a potential problem in
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Shingles that are buckling, curling


or blistering; this indicates the
end of the shingles life expectancy.

Loose material or wear around


chimneys, pipes and other penetrations.

Excessive amounts of shingle


granules in your gutters; granules
give shingles added weight and
protect them from ultraviolet rays.

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Top off your timber home with the best roof


for your style, location and budget.

Everyone loves the look (and sounds!) that come with a metal roof. Here,
Dennis Johnson, owner of Bridger Steel Metal Roong and Siding (bridgersteel.com)
in Billings, Montana, shares the lesser-known benets of a metal roof.

Q: Tell us a little about metal-roof proles.


A: Its literally the shape of the metal and how it appears when
taking a side view of the roof. We offer 12 proles from a
structural standing seam to corrugated metal and consumers can nd a similar number of offerings from other companies in the marketplace. Homeowners should check with
their subdivision or development about any covenants
that exist regarding roof proles or colors.
Q: Timber homes are incredibly Earth friendly
can the same be said of metal roofs?
A: Metal roofs are 100 percent recyclable,
and most metal roong has some recycled
steel in it. Also, the new reective paint
systems are incredibly green, as they
bounce harmful UV rays back into the
atmosphere. Most of these roong
systems have earned Energy Star
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most seem to come in just two colors,
green and red. How can homeowners get
a truly customized color to complement
the rest of their home?
A: Requests for customized color have
become fairly common and easy to accommodate. Id rst consider an aged look or
perhaps one with a patina that makes a strong
visual statement. For example, if someone is
trying to complement reclaimed wood siding,
he could opt for a roof prole that mimics
an aged, galvanized look. Or perhaps he can
choose a roof color like Sedona rust that
actually looks like a rust nish. Our specialty
and one were pretty proud of is roong
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Population: 50,821
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Median household income: $76,589
Median house value: $180,000
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ipping your morning coffee while watching a workout of the state ballet
company is one of the surprising activities you can enjoy in Charleston,
West Virginia. Yes, you read that correctly ballet and West Virginia in the
same sentence.
In the capital of a state too frequently dened by its history of coal mining
and the Hatelds & McCoys, Charleston is a perfect example of why it pays
to get out and explore the world on
your own terms. The Charleston area,
as with all of West Virginia, is ideally
suited for those who enjoy the ruggedness of wood homes in a complementary natural environment. Not quite the
Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River that John Denver sang of in
the ofcial state song, Take Me Home,
Country Roads, Charleston and western West Virginia is dened by the Appalachian Mountains and two rivers
the Elk and the Kanawha.
More than half of the people who
call the Mountain State home choose
to live in the rural areas and smaller
towns throughout the state. But that
doesnt mean that great shopping,
gourmet restaurants and all of the accoutrements of living in more populated communities are not available.
The West Virginia State Ballet, for

example, has been bringing entertainment to the people of Charleston


since 1956. The West Virginia Cultural
Center on the state capitol grounds
hosts numerous dance and poetry
festivals, is home to the state museum
and a spectacular collection of West
Virginia-made quilts pieces of art
in themselves.
Among the treasured artists in
West Virginia are the glassblowers employed by the Blenko Glass Company
in Milton, located about 30 miles from
Charleston. Since 1921, this familyowned business has contributed such
gifts to the world as the stained-glass
windows at St. Patricks Cathedral in
New York City and a set of stemware for
the White House.
The factory is available for tours, but
another place to purchase the unique
designs of Blenko Glass is at the Capitol
Market in Charleston. This exceedingly
cool retail center was originally a train
depot, but repurposed in 1997 into an
all-season farmers market, artist coop
and dining facility. Hands down, the
regions best selection of wine and beer
is housed in the market. The selection
of fresh seafood from the Chesapeake
Bay is a reminder of how close Charleston is to the Atlantic coast.
However fantastic the resources
of metropolitan Charleston may be,

From left: Diana Lambdin Meyer photo; photo courtesy of Adventures on


the Gorge; West Virginia Department of Tourismn photos

talk of the town

book
most residents and visitors choose
this region because of the outdoor
attractions. All four seasons are fairly
represented on the meteorological
calendar, with an average summer
high of 72 in July and a January low
of 32. The spring wildowers and autumn colors compete with the best
Mother Nature has to offer in the remaining 49 states.
Motorcyclists fall in love with the
winding roads and beautiful scenery
of West Virginias byways, but in recent
years, the state has become extremely
popular with ATV riders. The Hateld-McCoy Trail System, with more
than 700 miles, is the largest off-road
trail in the world.
Arguably the best white water rafting
east of the Mississippi River takes place
along the Gauley and Tygart rivers. The
New River is another great waterway,
but it is best known for the New River
Gorge Bridge, the most photographed
image in West Virginia. At more than
3,000 feet long and more than 850 feet
high, this is where youll nd base jumpers, rappelers and other thrill seekers
on Bridge Day each October. But any
day of the year, you can harness up to a
cable system and take a stroll along the
bridges catwalk and take in all that
beautiful West Virginia has to offer.
Diana Lambdin Meyer

Away at Home:
Creating Relaxed Spaces of Your Own
(Hardie Grant Books, $39.95) by Jason Grant.
For many timber home owners, creating a house that feels like an everyday getaway is at the
top of the must list. And now, thanks to the tips, tricks and inspirations featured in Jason
Grants newest book, thats an easier task to achieve. An international interior stylist and
author, Grant took inspiration from his own personal experiences, including road trips, visits to
beach houses, boutique-hotel stays and summer holidays, using them to explain how to style
your spaces to capture that vacation feeling in your own home. From ideas for making your
property feel like your own private oasis to laid-back entertaining tips and advice for choosing
color palettes, furniture and accessories, Away at Home is lled with inspiration and practical
information for turning your living spaces into your own little patches of paradise.

MEET THE BARN HUNTERS!


Often made from decades-old timber frames, Americas barns are truly national treasures.
So it stands to reason that Jack-of-all-trades, Sean Tracy, and his team are crisscrossing the
country, nding the oldest broken-down barns and transforming them into dream homes.
Rescuing the dilapidated barns just before theyre set to be demolished, Tracy either refurbishes the structures on the spot or dismantles them piece by piece and carefully transports
them to his shop in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. From there, he restores their materials,
turning the old structures into ultimate, one-of-a-kind barn homes.
You can see the action unfold on Great American Country (one of the Scripps
Networks Interactive family of cable networks) on Tuesday nights at 9/8c.
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There are so many layers of interest and


texture; this was like an art project for everybody involved, says builder Scott Kennard.
A few steps in, we realized this was more
than a gardening shed, and thats when the
name, the Potters Lodge, came up.

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Storybook
Style
A Michigan couple breathes life
and an unusual purpose
into a fairytale-themed cottage.
BY SUZANNA LOGAN
PHOTOS BY ROGER WADE | STYLING BY DEBRA GRAHL

ucked away in a grove of


white pine trees and surrounded by an immaculate
garden, the newest addition to Keith
and Justine Millers homestead is a
charming structure with undulating
cedar shingles, intricate stonework
and a steeply curved rooine. The
quaint architecture conjures images
of the English countryside and makes
the tiny, cottage-like building look as
if it were plucked from your favorite
childhood fairytale.
Although the storybook-inspired
structure feels worlds away, it is actually located in the resort community
of Harbor Springs, Michigan. Whats
even more surprising is that the
building isnt the couples primary
residence. It isnt even their vacation
home or a guesthouse. What it is, in
fact, is a gardening shed.

Like the structures size it measures just under 900 square feet its
story is one of small beginnings. It
started out as a place to keep our
gardening tools and paraphernalia,
Keith says. But while researching
oor plans on the Internet for the
structure, the gardening enthusiasts
stumbled upon sketches of a small
cottage by architect John Hendricks,
AIA, of Hendricks Architecture in
Sandpoint, Idaho.
It was a little bit whimsical and
hobbit-like and really t into a wooded setting, Keith says of the building now fondly known as the Potters
Lodge. While Keith was sold on the
look of the home, he still planned to
keep it as bare-bones as possible.
Originally, he didnt have plans
to bring water to it, and he wasnt
sure if it needed electricity or a septic
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Underneath the curved


roof and architectural
trusses, a collection of iron
and wood shelves double as
storage and display space. Keith
built all of the shelves out of the
leftover 2-by-6-inch tongue-andgroove Western pine, relays
Scott. The whole project was
a synergistic effort.

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tank, recalls Scott Kennard of Wentworth Builders. But once everyone


got together and the creative juices
started owing, it became so much
more than just a garden shed.
The Millers decision to go allout on the structure also extended
to their use of materials. Douglas r
glulam beams shipped from California, custom-made cedar shakes, and
local fossilized stone lend the tiny
structure its organic feel, as does the
way it sits on the land, amidst a grove
of cedar and pine trees.
We were very judicious about
conserving the grounds, Keith says.
Every time we cut down a tree we
made sure it absolutely had to go, so
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we were able to keep all of the trees


within three or four feet.
Because of the couples desire to
preserve the natural foliage, no heavy
equipment could be brought on-site
during construction. Everything had
to be done by hand, including lifting
all of the beams and bringing in the
stones with a wheelbarrow, Keith
says. It was slow going.
The demanding nature of the materials also added to the 18-month
construction process. Each shingle
had to be hand-cut and only a dozen
or so stones could be laid each day
because of their weight, Keith says.
But was it worth the wait? One step
into the bright and airy space answers

that question. Twig-themed chandeliers


sparkle under soaring white-washed
ceilings and an intricate framework of
curved timber trusses. In a home, the
effect would be impressive. In a gardening shed, its downright spectacular.
The Millers opened up the space a
lot to t their purpose, says Hendricks,
who mentions the original plans had
a much more cozy feel. They removed a loft from above the entrance
and took out the interior walls.
The wide open space, which features plenty of built-in cabinets and
free-standing shelves, is perfect for storing gardening supplies and working on
new projects. Its so open you could
drive a garden tractor through it, says

home
details
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 900
ARCHITECT: Hendricks Architecture,

208-265-4001; hendricksarchitect.com
BUILDER: Wentworth Builders, Inc.,
231-526-6377; wentworthbuilders.com

By removing the interior walls, the


Millers ensured cooling breezes could
ow easily through the space.
OPPOSITE: A large fossilized stone,
known as a Petoskey stone (found
on the property and brought in on a
plywood sled over the snow) takes
center stage in the impressive rock
replace. It was a big effort getting
that stone lifted above the replace
and some guys were sore for a bit, but
we did it, says Kennard.

Keith, who chuckles and adds, though


we dont have any plans to do that.
Its no wonder why. Gracing the
oors of the Potters Lodge are
antique limestone tile oors, which
once served as ooring for a bank in
France. We were looking for something eye-catching and unusual,
he says.
They had the same parameters in
mind when hunting for a front door.
The result of their search: a curved
white oak door with an intricate spider-web of iron creeping across the
lead glass. It has that playful, organic feel to it that ts the storybook
theme, Keith says. Its everything we
wanted the Potters Lodge to be.
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A eld of wildowers creates a warm welcome at the


Trinhs inviting timber home near Washougal, Washington. We spent a lot of time searching for a site
that t our soul and love of nature, shares Nathalie.
OPPOSITE: Its easy to see why al fresco dining is a
favorite pastime for the Trinh family. Breathtaking
views create a stunning backdrop for this simple
patio setting.

Simply Irresistible
A smaller footprint paired with a sleek design creates
a comfortable, contemporary timber home in Washington state.
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A bevy of high-end materials


imparts a sense of grandeur
in the kitchen, which is dened by its marriage of form
and function. One-of-a-kind
Blue Labrodite granite from
Australia on the center island
steals the show.

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athalie and Thong Trinh will


never forget their daughters ninth
birthday. After all, it was the day they
moved into their dream retreat nestled on 45
wooded acres near Washougal, Washington.
We moved in at the beginning of the winter, on our daughters birthday, explains Nathalie. It was the rst time our family saw the
nished project together, and the feeling we
had was, This will be our long-lasting home!
Though it snowed the day after they
moved in, the Trinh family couldnt have
been happier. We were thrilled to just stay
in and enjoy the snowy view outside. It was so
inviting and cozy, and we knew the house was
just perfect for us, says Thong.
Looking at the impressive timber home, its
easy to see why the Trinhs fell in love at rst
sight. An oasis of tranquility, the 2,350-squarefoot retreat offers breathtaking views of Oregons Cascade Mountains and the Columbia
River. The elegant wood home harmonizes
perfectly with its serene surroundings.
We spent a lot of time searching for a site
that t our soul and love of nature, recalls
Nathalie. It was a bit of luck that we came
across this property.
As nature enthusiasts, Nathalie and Thong
wanted to create a home that blended with
the peaceful setting they had discovered. A
timber home proved to be a perfect t. The
simple but strong lines of the timber structure complemented the elegant, high-end
building materials that make it grand and
timeless, and allow it to seamlessly blend with
the surrounding nature, shares Thong.
Choosing timber construction was an
easy decision for the Trinhs they had
spent several years poring over log and timber magazines to get ideas, and they had attended many showcase home events held by
local companies. An Internet search for the
perfect oor plan led them to PrecisionCraft
Log & Timber Homes of Meridian, Idaho.

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Space-Saving Solutions
Want to make your home feel bigger? Here are some ideas
that worked in this eye-catching timber home:
1. Go for taller windows and doors around the house
to enhance the illusion of space, and to help bring more
of the outside in.
2. Aim for a simple, clean look with strong but elegant natural
materials. Avoid complicated details that might add to cost
and make the home feel too busy.
3. Plan for an open layout between the kitchen, living room
and dining room to add instant volume to your home.
4. Incorporate plenty of outdoor living space to expand
your square footage.
5. Use a minimal amount of hallways to maximize
the space you have.

ABOVE: An open oor plan creates a sense of airiness, making the


2,350-square-foot home feel much larger
than it actually is. The open design also
showcases the beauty of the timber frame,
which features 11-by-11-inch Douglas r
timbers and a king post truss system.
OPPOSITE: Floor-to-ceiling windows usher
the beauty of nature inside, and enhance
the illusion of space. This is where our
family spends a lot of time each day its
open, airy and blends in with the outdoor
setting, says Nathalie.

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Featuring large windows that usher


the outdoors in, the master bedroom
is an especially sweet respite. A set
of elegant French doors leads out
to an inviting patio overlooking the
mountains and forest.

In our search for a model with a size


ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square
feet, we found the winning oor
plan, a mountain log home design
called the Caribou, recalls Thong.
We worked with PrecisionCrafts architects to modify the structure to a
timber frame design using the same
oor plan, but raising the entire
structure one foot higher.
The in-house design rm at PrecisionCraft, M.T.N. Design, helped the
couple create a home that maximized
views and captured the natural aura
they craved. The home was designed
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as a single level so as not to be too tall


and impact the natural landscape,
explains M.T.N. designer Tim Brock.
The Trinhs were looking for a subtle
timber frame with clean lines.
A timeless appeal is the hallmark
of the timber frame, which features
11-by-11-inch Douglas r beams, a
king post truss system and free joinery (without visible brackets). A crew
from PrecisionCraft erected the
frame, while the Trinhs handled most
of the construction project management themselves. The building process was smooth, except for a few

challenges acquiring permits due to


the homes proximity to a designated
National Scenic Area.
The resulting home features a
functional oor plan that makes the
most of available space with an open
avor that brings nature inside. Featuring three bedrooms and baths plus
an airy great room area, the house
has more than enough space for the
Trinh family.
Its the perfect size for our family
we dont have to worry about downsizing in the future, yet the open plan
and multiple outdoor spaces make it

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Kitchen

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Garage

big enough for us to entertain a large


group of friends, says Nathalie.
A number of space-saving tricks
help make the home feel larger. The
layout was created with minimal hallways to maximize space, Brock explains. The majority of the house is
designed around the three main public spaces and their view corridors.
The incorporation of outdoor living
areas also expands the square footage, as do the open rooms and large
windows.
The taller windows and doors create a feeling of grandeur, and help to
bring more of the outside views into
the home. The modest size allowed
for upgrades in high-end materials.
The smaller square footage and
simple structure helped make it af-

fordable for us, says Thong. It gave


us some room in our budget to select
and upgrade some key building materials such as the real stone, wooden
oors and the copper roof.
A number of distinctive features
lend a note of grandeur, from the
one-of-a-kind blue Australian granite
in the kitchen, to the custom plaster
walls that impart a warm ambiance.
The decor is a mix between Eastern and Western design, striving for
simplicity and a peaceful feel, shares
Thong. It is rustic and simple, natural and modern.
The exterior is just as striking,
thanks to thick cedar siding, Colorado Telluride stone and a copper roof.
An outdoor re pit is a popular gathering spot, and serves up spectacular

views of the mountains beyond.


We wanted the setting to be
resort-like, explains Nathalie. We
wanted the design to be timeless
with a natural aura. Our visitors are
stunned with the beauty of the house
and the grand commanding view.
For the Trinhs, the feeling of relaxation is now a part of their daily lives,
whether they are enjoying an outdoor
meal on the patio, hiking local trails,
kayaking on the river, or simply gazing at the beautiful wildowers.
As they sip their morning coffee
and gaze at the beauty of the Columbia River and downtown Portland in
the distance, the Trinhs know they
have built a home that they will enjoy
for many years and many birthdays
to come.
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Healthy
Farmhouse
An eco-responsible Virginia home
thats good for the mind, body and soul.
BY NANCY E. BERRY | PHOTOS BY TONY GIAMMARINO

Architect Patrick Farley of


Watershed Architects created a home that takes
advantage of the Virginia
vernacular, as well as its
country setting.

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organ Bartolini loves Virginias old


farmhouses their bucolic setting
and vernacular style but when
she started looking to purchase one just outside
of Richmond, she quickly became discouraged.
Although the settings were divine, many of the
homes were far from it. Filled with asbestos, lead
paint, mold and urea formaldehyde, these places
didnt t the other criterion on her checklist
to nd a healthy house. After college I really became interested in holistic living not just what
we eat but how we live and where we live, says
Morgan. I really wanted a home that
offered healthy materials and good
indoor air quality.
Instead of buying an old
house, she decided to build
new. She purchased 18
acres of land and hired

Patrick Farley of Watershed Architects a company thats dedicated to healthy, sustainable design. Morgan was the perfect client, says Farley.
Were always pushing the green agenda, but
Morgan came to us requesting an eco-conscious,
healthy house.
A practicing architect for 16 years, Farleys
design philosophy is to build socially conscious,
green homes. It comes down to the ecological
footprint of a home this often translates into
the literal footprint, says Farley. Smaller homes
can have less impact on the environment and, if
designed well, can function even better than a
larger house. In other words, to Farley, smaller
is beautiful.
There has been a real surge in awareness
when it comes to houses and their impact on our
environment, but people are still learning what to
ask of their architects and builders when it comes

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Morgan loves to cook, so the


kitchen had to be efficient, functional and healthy. No-VOC milk
paint finishes the cabinet trim.

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to creating healthier spaces, he says.


Although the goal was to build a
house that looked as though it had
been on the land for a century, Morgan wanted the living spaces to be open
and contemporary. Once the style and
room ow were discussed, the designers became intimately acquainted with
the site. The lot sits on a lake, so we
wanted to orient the house to those
views, as well as take advantage of the
sun and breezes we were looking for
the sweet spot, Farley says. There
are wonderful old American cherry
trees on the site that really dictated the
footprint of the house.
Farley created a 3,500-square-foot,
one-room-deep design that creates
wonderful cross breezes throughout
the rst oor. Slight skews in the design
capture southeast views. The geometry introduced takes advantage of passive solar energy, says Farley. This is
not the typical two-over-two farmhouse.
The home is of a vernacular farmhouse
form, but is not restricted by it.
The site-specic design appears
as though it has evolved over time. A
timber-framed structure with a higher
roof form serves as the body or center
of the house, where the living, dining
and study areas sit. Single-story wings
anchor either side the kitchen to
the east and the master bedroom and
bath to the west. An open loft on the
second oor functions as the perfect
study room for Morgans son, who is
home-schooled. The loft is open to
the living spaces below, which helps
Morgan stay connected with her family while she is cooking.
To blur the division between out-

doors and indoors, Farley incorporated several open porches. Creating


these outdoor spaces was key to the
overall design, says Farley. The goal
was to create balance and harmony
within the pastoral landscape.
A deep overhang above the expansive open porch is a classic and pragmatic approach to keep interiors cool
during summer months. We live outside when the weather is good, says
Morgan.
On the west side of the house, a
small, open porch off the master bedroom offers a tranquil reading spot
during spring and summer months,
while an open porch off the study creates another private spot to relax. A
screened porch is located just off the
kitchen to the east, offering wonderful
morning light.
Whenever possible, the team incorporated salvaged and local materials
into the design. The exposed timber
frame is constructed from Douglas
r beams reclaimed from the bottom
of the St. Lawrence River. Heart pine
ooring was salvaged from a Shenandoah Valley tobacco barn. All wall
studs and roof rafters are FSC-certied
from Louisiana. The design team also
introduced Virginia-quarried soapstone to both the library and kitchen countertops. A bank of energyefcient windows in the kitchen and
dining area facilitates cross ventilation
while capturing stunning views.
Morgan worked with designer Carol Lynn Forman to nd the interior
nishes and furnishings. Playing off
a neutral palette, Morgan chose lowVOC paints from Sherwin Williams for

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the walls, while the kitchen cabinets


are nished in zero-VOC milk paint.
Upholstered
furnishings
are
stuffed with nontoxic foam, and slipcovers are made of cotton and linen.
Carpets are made from chemical-free
wool. The builders used formaldehyde-free plywood, strawboard and
insulation, as well as solvent-free adhesives in the construction of the house.
A geothermal system uses direct contact with the earth (instead of air) to
heat and cool the house. On the rst
oor Morgan requested radiant heat
as well. I just love to walk on the warm
oorboards, she says.

The energy-efcient Tulikivi replaces one located in the living


room and the other in the kitchen
offer yet another radiant heat source.
(During the winter months Morgan
bakes bread in the replaces bake
oven.) To conserve water, Farley added
low-ow toilets and plumbing xtures.
Rain barrels collect water runoff,
which nourishes three rain gardens
located around the house. Because of
the level of detail and care, the house
received an Energy Star rating. Morgan is happy with the outcome. The
house really has exceeded my expectations I simply love it, she says.

ABOVE: The homes open oor plan


allows the living and dining areas to
ow into one another.
OPPOSITE: The house plays off the
timber-framed structure that supports
it in the center. Single-story wings
anchor either side.

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home details
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,500
ARCHITECT: Watershed Architects,

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OPPOSITE: A charming powder room is


tucked under the back stairway a clever
way to utilize otherwise wasted space.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
An open porch with a deep eave protects
the house from the Southern sun. The
windows overlook the lake. O A soaking
tub takes in views of the landscape. O
The kitchen backsplash is nished in white
subway tiles for easy cleaning. O Soapstone Tulikivi stoves were added to the
house for their aesthetic and radiant heat.
O A pergola reects the timber framing
indoors. O Farley incorporated a porch
off the rst-oor master bedroom.
O The laundry room is equipped with a
deep farmhouse sink. All appliances are
Energy Star rated.

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heard a few nightmarish stories about
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subcontractors. But theres no reason
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planned maybe even better.


After the frame was raised, the crew
immediately started working on enclosing the home, a task that was complete
just in time for the winter weather to
roll in. While the construction was orchestrated by the local contractor, New
Energy Works Timberframers construction manager, Brad Hall, and his
team took care of enclosing the home
with SIPs (structural insulated panels).

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From there, Hall took things a step further, installing oppy bits in the house,
a European term for incorporating
small pieces of membrane material behind the posts for added insulation.
We really wanted to create a continuous barrier all along the prole of
the house, explains Hall. The detailing of the air barrier takes a real critical eye and is extremely detail oriented
because there are hidden blind areas.
If you get it right, the house is virtually
sealed with an uninterrupted skin.
From there, New Energy Works
completed the rough carpentry,
framed out the porches and decks,
completed the siding and stonework
basically anything that was required
to get the house enclosed, explains Ty
Allen, who leads the east coast design
team at New Energy Works. Greg and
the New Energy Works team also decided during the construction period
to take the house to the next level
where green building was concerned.
The site is just so beautiful, so
weve really become even more mindful of how the house is in harmony
with the surrounding land. It became

increasingly important to us to create


as minimal of an impact from a carbon
standpoint as possible, says Greg.
In addition to choosing all reclaimed materials for the home (from
the Douglas r timber frame to the
oors, siding and cabinetry), the Olsens wanted the home to be as off
the grid as possible. To accomplish
this, they worked with local company
Hudson Solar to design a system that
uses both geothermal and solar (with
a battery backup system) to run the
entire house. For tax purposes, the
home is not completely off the grid
and the Olsens can actually sell any of
their unused energy back. Between the
extreme tightness and the solar and
geothermal systems, the home should
product virtually zero electricity bills,
Greg says.
Weve really left no stone unturned, he explains. Theres three
miles of gravel road between us and the
paved road, so if theres ever an incredible storm that could potentially leave
us without power for days, we have the
battery system and whole-house propane for back-up.

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permit, which is necessary to start construction.
During construction, inspectors will make periodic
onsite examinations to ensure your home follows its
design. If there are discrepancies between the plan
and whats being built, the inspector has the authority to stop construction until the problem is corrected. Its this inspector who, using building codes as a
reference, will pronounce your home livable with a
certicate of occupancy.
For building-code information in the United
States, visit iccsafe.org. For Canadian building-code
info, visit irc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.

If youre thinking about building a custom home or


getting ready to embark on your own construction
journey, its helpful to understand what local code ofcials will expect. Working with someone you know
and trust will help streamline this process. We
worked with local general contractor Scot Cohen
who also happens to be one of my closest friends,
Greg Olsen explains. He and his wife navigated us
through the entire building permit process a task
that can be overwhelming and time-consuming.
Typically, your building inspector will review
your new homes design before issuing a building

home
details
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 3,286
(including lower level)
BEDROOMS: 4
BATHROOMS: 3.5

Garage

Laundry

Entry
Porch

The home was designed


to nestle into the land,
providing an open oor
plan and plenty of outdoor areas for family and
friends to enjoy.

Entry

Of course, exibility with cost


helped make Olsens green goal a reality something that Greg and Dee
encourage folks to keep in mind during their own construction process. If
youre like me, youre going to love the
project so much that youre just going
to fall in love and keep wanting to make
it better, he says. Upgraded choices
certainly add cost, but its well worth it,
so try to be exible and plan ahead for
those kind of changes if possible.
With the main elements of the
house up and in place, its clear all of
the design details and choices along
the way have come together just right.
Theres a lot of stars in the show here,
says Greg. The timber frame is so
beautiful. Then you have this gorgeous
view framed by these giant windows,
and all of the gorgeous nishes. But,
miraculously, nothing is overwhelming something else. Nothing is saying
look at me, look at me. It feels very
natural and, frankly, meant to be. If a
house could grow out of this mountain,
it would be this one.

Kitchen

Master
Bedroom

Dining

Great
Room

Screened Porch
Deck

Just joining the journey? To read more about the Olsens timberhome build, as well as their initial design process, log on to
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LEFT: Tim Murphy/Foto Imagery photo; RIGHT: JK Lawrence photo; FAR RIGHT: Robin Stubbert photo; BELOW: Rich Frutchey photo

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Include


handcrafted timbers and unique
wood treatments to personalize
your kitchen.
A peninsula island will draw guests
to the cook without creating bottlenecks in the food-prep area.
A freestanding island with comfortable bar seating creates a casual
space for people to converse or
enjoy meals.
By planning ahead, you can design
an eat-in kitchen that can still accommodate a sizable table to
host sizable crowds.

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Dining In
In a small home, spaces that pull double duty rule.
And an eat-in kitchen is multitasking at its best.
BY BARBARA JACKSIER

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Robin Stubberts photos

ABOVE: Countertop heights can be varied to efciently provide


extra dining space in a small kitchen. Built-in storage at the
end of an island is another smart space-saving solution.
LEFT: If you simply need space for cozy dinners, an eat-in table
makes sense for your kitchen.

rowing up in a house with


a tiny galley kitchen, one of
my mothers oft-repeated
mantras was, No matter where I serve
my guests, they always like my kitchen best. As a kid, I was never sure if
Mom was boasting or complaining,
but now that I have a home of my
own, I know that she was simply stating a fact whether a kitchen is large
or small, its the place everyone loves
to congregate.
Why ght it? Today, most architects
and kitchen designers advise homeowners to plan a kitchen that combines
both eating and entertaining areas into
one comfortable room especially if
youre trying to save on space.
But attaining an eat-in kitchen that
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actually works well in your new timber


home requires a little bit of forethought
and planning. Read on for advice from
the kitchen experts, and youll soon be
cooking (and dining) in style.

ASSESS YOUR NEEDS


Before you meet with a designer or
builder, consider the ways in which you
use your present kitchen. Think about
how and when your family cooks and
eats, as well as their daily routines and
hobbies. Is an eat-in kitchen that can
host as many diners as a neighborhood
bistro useful for the way you really live?
Or would you be happier with a space
designed for intimate dinners for two?
Imagine the things your dream
kitchen would make possible. Do

you want to be able to accommodate


holiday dinners, or are you more concerned about keeping an eye on the
kids while you cook?
Make a chart to record the number
of people who dine in the space daily
and those who dine there occasionally,
and gure out the purpose of the meal,
whether its for quick snacks, socializing
over tea, doing homework or sit-down
dining, recommends designer Lorey
Cavanaugh of Kitchen + Bath | Design
+ Construction in West Hartford, Connecticut, and a member of SEN Design
Group, a professional organization of
independent kitchen designers.
But its also important to think
about the future. Imagine how your
needs might change in ve or 10 years,

small-room strategies
Typical small spaces and ideas to make the most of them.
MUDROOM: Use a bench in this rear foyer so you can sit down to
take off your shoes. Lockers or cubbyholes store coats, briefcases,
backpacks, mail and keys.

SPARE BEDROOM: Looking to use a spare bedroom as a home


ofce or hobby area is as easy as outtting it with a Murphy bed
that folds up into the wall when not in use. Hidden home ofce
systems, which also close up into the wall, provide the same
exibility.
BATHROOM: Separate baths for each bedroom is ideal. But the
expense and space required can make it impractical. Compartmentalized baths are a welcome solution. But an emerging trend is
to provide private separate baths for each bedroom that lead to
a common shower and tub area.

Cavanaugh adds. If your kids are a few


years from college, it might be smart
to make the space even smaller than
originally planned. On the ipside, if
you nd your circle is expanding with
grandkids, think about whether youll
want to host large family get-togethers
in the near future.

DESIGNING THE SPACE


How big should your kitchen be? The
answer depends on both your budget
and your lifestyle. But no matter what
size you choose, eliminating walls between the living area and kitchen makes
for a more social environment. Plus, an
open oor plan provides the perfect
opportunity to show off your homes
architectural craftsmanship.

Lindal Cedar Homes of Seattle photo

GREAT ROOM: Even small great rooms can be dazzling by using


skylights or solar tubes to bring in more natural light and draw the
eye upward. Save square footage by using a gas hearth, which
requires less space than a full masonry replace. Use built-ins
under windows for storage and seating.

With timber framing, post-andbeam or hybrid construction, its easy to


reinforce the functional and emotional
importance of this central space. To
personalize your eat-in kitchen, consider handcrafted timbers, specialty woods
and vaulted ceilings. Exposed posts and
beams let you visually distinguish separate areas without intrusive walls.
If much of your cooking takes place
on a grill, think about selecting a plan
with a generously sized deck, porch or
balcony directly off the kitchen. Use
French or sliding glass doors to create
easy access to your grilling area.

INCLUDE COUNTER SERVICE


Back indoors, a freestanding island or
peninsula will draw family and friends

to the cook without creating bottlenecks in the food-prep area. They also
provide a place to enjoy breakfast,
snacks and casual meals.
If you desire a large island, keep in
mind that the National Kitchen and
Bath Association recommends a 39inch walkway between counter seating
and walls or cabinets. That way, seated
diners will have plenty of space to enjoy
their meals without hitting their heads
on the cabinets.
Countertop heights can be varied
in numerous ways to efciently provide
a dining space in a cozy kitchen. One
popular conguration is to design an
island or breakfast bar with a food-prep
surface on the kitchen side and higher,
pub-table-height seating on the other.
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While eating counters are useful, in


most cases theyre not meant to replace a dining table and chairs. Opt
for a generous great room and you can
place a long farmhouse table along
one side of the cooking area, between
the kitchen and living space. In plans
with a separate dining room, a round
table tucked into a corner or alcove
might be a better t. If your family usually eats breakfast in shifts, shortening
the counter, leaving room for only two
barstools, allows for a large dining table that works for both evening meals
and holiday feasts.
In a smaller house, reducing counter length can often create enough
space for a table. Or better yet, build in
your dining area to save space. Built-in
banquettes are one option. To eliminate the need for trafc paths on two
sides, an L-shape bench can be used.
Most oor plans can be modied to
accommodate a bump-out or bay window that creates a cozy table alcove. If
you can, position your table and chairs
to take advantage of a spectacular view
rather than the cooking or clean-up
area. When planning the dimensions
for an eating nook, allow at least 18
inches and preferably 24 inches of elbowroom for each diner.
Big or little, elaborate or simple,
just make sure that you love your eat-in
kitchen. By assessing your familys lifestyle and planning for your needs and
dreams, you might nd that, like your
guests, you like your kitchen best, too.
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Aspen Grove
Bedrooms:UBaths: 1
Square Footage: 1,030
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Market Areas: United States
The attractive front facade, vaulted living spaces and open floor plan creates a feeling
of spacious rooms. Wrapped into a cozy 1,030 heated sq. ft cottage this design offers
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A cottage with an abundance of architectural details. Timbered entry into a vaulted,
open floor plan. The bedrooms have flat ceilings with timbered beams across the
ceiling that lend itself to intimate spaces. The modest footprint contains plenty of
square footage for exceptional value. The screen porch and deck helps to expand
the plan to outdoor living spaces. A lower level may be added for those who desire
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greg@kingsfoot.com
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17635 Nall, Stilwell, KS 66085


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Shiels Builders
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www.HeavyTimbers.com

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Lower Peninsula
810-844-1868

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www.Blueribbonindustriesinc.com
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Serving Southwest
Lower Peninsula
616-914-9702

562-597-5553

Quality Timber Frames


since 1996 Nationwide
Beilfuss Timber Frames and
Woodworking LLC.

17635 Nall, Stilwell, KS 66085


Tel: 913-897-5262 Fax: 913-897-1459

www.freestatetimbersmiths.com

Handcrafted
Traditional Joinery

RIDGEVIEW CONSTRUCTION, LLC


Shane Carter - Deerfield, NH
(603) 303-7206 - scarter@ridgeviewconstruction.com

Custom Homes
and Cottages

www.greenbuildernh.com

Entrances and
Great Rooms
Insulated Panels

W5125 Pleasant Avenue Medford, WI 54451


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Midwest Custom Timber Frames

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Authentic English craftsmanship. Hand-cut joinery.


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Will raise or ship frames anywhere in the US.

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Leonard Carpentry Services, Inc.
Ken & Emily Leonard
lcshomes.leonard@gmail.com
www.lcshomes.com
(607) 643-2563

newenergyworks.com
585.924.3860

Alexandria, MN

320-763-9003
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woodhousetimberframebuilders.com
garyotterstad@gmail.com
(218) 820-3581

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Richard Jordan
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brainardridge.com
(518) 734-6930

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Herkimer and Oneida
(315) 725-6656

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724-640-6387 s 800-845-0855

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(888) 486-2363

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www.Frellickbrothers.com
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Dale Deabenderfer
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877-885-8693
(724) 463-1116

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woodhousetimberframebuilders.com
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(218) 820-3581

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Lage Construction, Inc.
Jeff Lage
lageinc@rap.midco.net
lageconstruction.com
(605) 348-0542

Greg Curl

931-703-6432 s 800-845-0855

www.HeavyTimbers.com

newenergyworks.com
802.310.3546

Don Carlson
don@cougarcreektf.com

800-861-1253

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1-800-545-6290
VermontFrames.com

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503.437.9017

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Timbercraft Homes
423-836-6722
Mike Jamison
248 Unutsi Trail
Vonore, TN
37885

Complete Design Service


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253-273-2636
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West Coast Sales
Gig Harbor, WA

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517-206-2183 s 800-845-0855

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304-553-1435 s 800-845-0855

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Ruebl Builders, LLC


Jason & William Ruebl
rueblbuilders@wi.rr.com
rueblbuilders.com
(262) 594-5765

Handcrafted
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Entrances and
Great Rooms
Insulated Panels

W5125 Pleasant Avenue Medford, WI 54451


715.748.4117 beilfuss@charter.net

Designing
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and Building
Building Dreams
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Since 1989
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www.customtimberframes.com

Quality Green Timber Framing

Serving all of North America and Beyond

Alexandria, MN

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www.hamillcreek.com
(888)-713-1800
sales@hamillcreek.com

320-763-9003
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Designing and building handcrafted


timber frame homes for over 25 years

Riverbend Timber Framing

from reclaimed materials.


1301 Lake Street, Baraboo, WI 53913
608-355-9950
info@glenvilletimberwrights.com
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Brent Cooper
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(403) 569-4311

newenergyworks.com
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Designing
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Building Dreams
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Since 1989
1989

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Bob Pachmayer
bob@Bensonbuildersllc.com
bensonbuildersllc.com
(715) 547-3941

Serving all of North America and Beyond

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Cottage
Living

When Rebbecca Abair envisioned her perfect home, it looked like a little cottage
as picture-perfect as its view of the sea. By working with the design director at
a timber-frame company, Rebbeccas vision came to life in the form of a simple
design, snug and compatible with its Puget Sound environment.
Approach the cottage, and youre greeted by a agstone path that winds its way
to the front door. Inside, the 800-square-foot main level features an open oor plan.
An attached sunroom serves as the dining area. The 350-square-foot loft is her
master bedroom and bath. Throughout the home, windows frame views of the
waterfront location and the sweeping deck provides added outdoor living space.

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B Y J O NATHAN O R P I N

Modest &

Passionate

We say that our job is to


bring the home that is inside
of you out, so that you can
see it, and then live in it.
Our clients say their homes
feel very much their own,
well before move in day.

Honestly, we try
to inspire you to
build just a little
smaller, allowing
you to build better.

We also bring our own


experience, passion, and filters
to the table. One of the first
conversations we have is about
how large a home you need.
Honestly, we try to inspire you
to build just a little smaller,
allowing you to build better.
If you build unneeded space,
you have to pay for building
it, heating it, cleaning it,
and of course it will incur
additional taxes, forever.
When we opened our
second shop, out in Oregon,
we designed and built a
show home. This is where I
live. We designed it for my
familys lifestyle, needs, and
convictions. Not surprisingly,
it has just 2,000 square feet
of primary living space,

with additional space for


guests and Ping-Pong in
the walkout lower lever.
Its not so hard to keep a
modest footprint, and the
resulting more intimate
volumes have found an
appreciative audience. This
modest home earned three
national Home of the Year
awards, and is regularly shared
with our clients, who can
then get a real feel for smaller
volumes and the craft of timber
frame construction. Best of all,
we feel lucky to have such a
place to live and raise a family.
To read articles and view image
galleries of our work and learn how
we can work with you, please visit:
newenergyworks.com

Serving the nation from our shops in OR & NY | newenergyworks.com | 800.486.0661

Winner:
Home of the Year

Winner: Residential
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Over our 25 years in timber


framing, New Energy Works
has built homes of absolutely
every shape and size. Homes
that allow us to explore and
celebrate the flexibility of
timber frame construction.

Winner: New Home


of the Year

Finalist: ED&C

Speaking

as the Architect, Builder, and Homeowners we could not be more pleased with the final

outcome of our project! The entire New Energy Works team exceeded all of our expectations both
professionally and personally. The craftsmanship of the timber frames is outstanding providing us
with spectacular interior and exterior spaces in which to live. Thanks again to New Energy Works for

providing us with such a wonderful experience!

Mark & June, KohlMark Architects & Builders

Serving the nation from Farmington, NY & Portland, OR | newenergyworks.com | 800.486.0661

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