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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. It’s 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 there’s a charm and undeniable coziness that you’re struck by as soon as you pull up into the gravel drive. Plus, take one look off the back of the wraparound deck and it’s easy to see what made my grandparents fall in love with the spot all those years ago. (Check out the inset photos and you’ll see what I mean.) Yes, my family’s little cabin proves that, when it comes to dream homes, it’s 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 would’ve 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 could’ve been widened a few feet to fit 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 floor. Fortunately, if you’re reading this you’re most likely blessed with the gifts of time, planning and forethought — things my grandparents didn’t have when they decided to buy an existing home. And if you’re in the dreaming and planning phase of your journey, you have time to figure 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 could’ve gone on forever. Late afternoons spent fly-fishing 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. timberhomeliving /pinterest @TimberNation @timberhomeliving




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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. Here’s how to choose the right finishing products.



PICK YOUR PRODUCT In most scenarios, timbers are finishplaned and sanded, and a finish 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 finish is oil. If the timbers are green, it’s important to apply a penetrating oil, which will allow the timbers to breathe as they dry. From there, you’ll 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 finish. If that’s not possible, there are other types of finishes to treat your wood. Here’s a rundown of what’s available:

Stain. Available in nearly infinite 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 finishing 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, finish can be applied as a stand-alone product or as final 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 significant impact on the home’s 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 finishes 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 finishing options will create different aesthetics. And our clearcut guide will help you make sense of it all.

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based finish should be selected. Popular oil-based finishes 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 first 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 you’ve decided on the type of product that’s best for your timbers, you’ll 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 final result depends on your wood type, how long you let the stain soak in and your home’s lighting conditions. Reminder: Beams that are too dark will absorb all the light in a room, and once you go dark, it’s not easy to lighten it up, so err on the lighter side. Q

shade aid How do you decide the right stain color for your home? It depends on the look you’re 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.

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IN A PICKLE. Popular in coastal settings, pickling imparts an airy, serene flavor that’s 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 floors, 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 fitting with eclectic-style decors.

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THE DARK SIDE. Traditionalists often lean toward dark-colored beams, a look that’s 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 difficult to change later on. Furthermore, if your home is small, dark beams may make it feel even smaller.

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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 12


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 don’t 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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right by your garage. To start, “give your garage the same respect you would other rooms,” advises Theresa Russell, co-author of The Complete Idiot’s 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 home’s curb appeal as your front porch, you’ll realize that this multifunctional space shouldn’t be treated like a second-class citizen — and that

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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 you’ll want to keep as shaded as possible to promote longevity), the main concern is how you’ll get from the garage to the house. In other words, it’s 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 you’ve got the exterior of your garage settled, it’s 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 you’ll 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 they’ll just eat up floor space.) Also, remember that hooks, shelves, racks and bins are a good idea. Prioritize what goes where based on how often you’ll 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 office in the space? Even if you don’t intend to implement these features right away, Theresa says, it’s still a good idea to install things like plumbing and electricity, as it will be more difficult and expensive to retrofit later.

Electrical. In a garage, an outlet

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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.

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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 Lowe’s Home Improvement Center. “Faux finishes and custom-style trim bring sophistication to any decor.”

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1. Regatta Pendant by Currey and Company ($440), available at 2. Stainless-steel and steel-finished appliances add gourmet appeal to any size kitchen. 3. Bump-out areas and cozy nooks are a simple way to enhance your floor plan. 4. Create a soothing feel in your master bathroom with heated floors and spalike finishes. 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 flavor. 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 It’s 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 there’s only one area you can afford to update, consider the countertops. Stone and tile are especially luxurious. Quartz is one of the hottest trends; it’s 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. Circle 019 on Free Information CardW



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. There’s just one thing to really think about when updating your countertops: feasibility. Changing countertops can be difficult 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 she’ll 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-finished 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 you’d use the most and shop around for the best bargain. It’s 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 finishes. For extra sparkle, buy crystal or glass accents that reflect the natural light in the room. Upscale hardware will give your kitchen a sophisticated flavor without costing a bundle of cash.

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Step up to sophisticated style by revisiting your floor 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 don’t have the funds to make it happen, consider faux-flooring options such as linoleum or vinyl tiles that mimic wood and stone.

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

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Convenience is underrated — it’s 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 flea markets and finish 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. Circle 023 on Free Information CardW



If you indulge in every possible amenity for the master bath, you’ll 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 isn’t a large space, you can probably afford to surface it with a luxury material. Faux-stone countertops are another option.

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Sit back and envision your dream master bath — a large oasis of space filled with the latest amenities, such as a hot tub, sauna and steam-shower. Unfortunately, these high-end items aren’t often affordable or practical. If you have the money, go ahead and indulge yourself. If not, incorporate a spa flavor 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 floor? Radiant-floor heating is one of the hottest (literally) trends in home design today. While it can be pricey to install it throughout your house, it’s more affordable in a smaller space such as the bath. Since radiant heat often saves energy costs in the long run, it’s worth the initial investment.

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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 doesn’t 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 they’re generally easy to install yourself. If you’d 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. You’ll 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:

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13. Dressing Up It’s 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 don’t want to interfere with your home’s greatest luxury of all: the timbers. Q

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IN CUSTOM HOMES, LOFTS ARE A POPULAR DESIGN FEATURE — and it’s 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 floor a little smaller because you have the extra living area up above. But how do you design such a space? The trick is to define its purpose before you build. Here are four extra tips:

1. Don’t Get Walled In. When designing a loft, don’t 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 fine — 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 floor system rather than a tongue-and-groove option.

3. Let There Be Light. Skylights are a dramatic way to filter 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.



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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, there’s 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 finishing. Each time you add design complexity to your design (think of things like adding antique wood, hand-hewn finishes, 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 finish, 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 floor plan and to wait for the final 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 finishing 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 financing. 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 ( is a North American non-profit trade association providing information and resources to support the timber frame industry.


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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 don’t 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 roofing options (just like most

finishes for the home) can be extremely overwhelming, from the material choices to colors and pricing. To get started, if you haven’t already done so, check out online photo galleries, clip pictures from magazines and envision the roof you’d like to have for your future home. Now you’re ready to consider the characteristics and benefits of each material. A closer look at three of the top roofing options may reveal what’s right for you.

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Asphalt shingles are the most common material used on roofs today, primarily because they are affordable and don’t require much maintenance, not to mention they come in a variety of colors and styles. The downside? Because they’re 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 nature’s 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 fire 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 gutter-cleaning season.




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

Q: Tell us a little about metal-roof proďŹ les. A: It’s literally the shape of the metal and how it appears when taking a side view of the roof. We offer 12 proďŹ les — from a structural standing seam to corrugated metal — and consumers can ďŹ 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 proďŹ les 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 rooďŹ ng has some recycled steel in it. Also, the new reective paint systems are incredibly “green,â€? as they bounce harmful UV rays back into the atmosphere. Most of these rooďŹ ng systems have earned Energy Star designations. WCircle 028 on Free Information Card

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More than country roads and mountain ranges, the capital city of West Virginia truly has it all.

vital stats Population: 50,821 (with a metropolitan area of 225,000) Median household income: $76,589 Median house value: $180,000 For more information: Charleston Area Alliance,, 800-7924326; West Virginia Dept. of Tourism, 800-225-5982



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 defined by its history of coal mining and the Hatfields & 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 official state song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Charleston and western West Virginia is defined 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 doesn’t 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. Patrick’s 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 region’s 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,

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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 wildflowers 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 Virginia’s byways, but in recent years, the state has become extremely popular with ATV riders. The Hatfield-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 you’ll find 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 bridge’s 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 Grant’s newest book, that’s 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 filled 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, America’s barns are truly national treasures. So it stands to reason that Jack-of-all-trades, Sean Tracy, and his team are crisscrossing the country, finding the oldest broken-down barns and transforming them into dream homes. Rescuing the dilapidated barns just before they’re 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.


“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 that’s when the name, the Potter’s Lodge, came up.”


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 Miller’s homestead is a charming structure with undulating cedar shingles, intricate stonework and a steeply curved roofline. 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. What’s even more surprising is that the building isn’t the couple’s primary residence. It isn’t even their vacation home or a guesthouse. What it is, in fact, is a gardening shed.

Like the structure’s 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 floor 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 fit into a wooded setting,” Keith says of the building now fondly known as the Potter’s Lodge. While Keith was sold on the look of the home, he still planned to keep it as bare-bones as possible. “Originally, he didn’t have plans to bring water to it, and he wasn’t sure if it needed electricity or a septic


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.”



tank,” recalls Scott Kennard of Wentworth Builders. “But once everyone got together and the creative juices started flowing, 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 fir glulam beams shipped from California, custom-made cedar shakes, and local fossilized stone lend the tiny structure it’s 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 32


we were able to keep all of the trees within three or four feet.” Because of the couple’s 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, it’s downright spectacular. “The Millers opened up the space a lot to fit 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. “It’s so open you could drive a garden tractor through it,” says

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By removing the interior walls, the Millers ensured cooling breezes could flow 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 fireplace. “It was a big effort getting that stone lifted above the fireplace and some guys were sore for a bit, but we did it,” says Kennard.

Keith, who chuckles and adds, “though we don’t have any plans to do that.” It’s no wonder why. Gracing the floors of the Potter’s Lodge are antique limestone tile floors, which once served as flooring 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 fits the storybook theme,” Keith says. “It’s everything we wanted the Potter’s Lodge to be.” Q



A field of wildflowers creates a warm welcome at the Trinhs’ inviting timber home near Washougal, Washington. “We spent a lot of time searching for a site that fit our soul and love of nature,” shares Nathalie. OPPOSITE: It’s 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. BY STACY DURR ALBERT | PHOTOS BY ROGER WADE | STYLING BY DEBRA GRAHL


A bevy of high-end materials imparts a sense of grandeur in the kitchen, which is deďŹ ned by its marriage of form and function. One-of-a-kind Blue Labrodite granite from Australia on the center island steals the show.



athalie and Thong Trinh will never forget their daughter’s 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 daughter’s birthday,” explains Nathalie. “It was the first time our family saw the finished 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 couldn’t 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, it’s easy to see why the Trinhs fell in love at first sight. An oasis of tranquility, the 2,350-squarefoot retreat offers breathtaking views of Oregon’s 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 fit 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 fit. “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 floor plan led them to PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes of Meridian, Idaho.




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 floor 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 fir 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 — it’s open, airy and blends in with the outdoor setting,” says Nathalie.


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 floor plan, a mountain log home design called the Caribou,” recalls Thong. “We worked with PrecisionCraft’s architects to modify the structure to a timber frame design using the same floor plan, but raising the entire structure one foot higher.” The in-house design firm 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 40


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 fir 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 home’s proximity to a designated National Scenic Area. The resulting home features a functional floor plan that makes the most of available space with an open flavor 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. “It’s the perfect size for our family — we don’t have to worry about downsizing in the future, yet the open plan and multiple outdoor spaces make it

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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 floors 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 fire 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 wildflowers. 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. Q


Healthy Farmhouse An eco-responsible Virginia home that’s 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.




organ Bartolini loves Virginia’s 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 didn’t fit the other criterion on her checklist — to find 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 that’s dedicated to healthy, sustainable design. “Morgan was the perfect client,” says Farley. “We’re always pushing the green agenda, but Morgan came to us requesting an eco-conscious, healthy house.” A practicing architect for 16 years, Farley’s 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


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



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 flow 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 first floor. 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-specific 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 floor functions as the perfect study room for Morgan’s 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 fir beams reclaimed from the bottom of the St. Lawrence River. Heart pine flooring was salvaged from a Shenandoah Valley tobacco barn. All wall studs and roof rafters are FSC-certified from Louisiana. The design team also introduced Virginia-quarried soapstone to both the library and kitchen countertops. A bank of energyefficient windows in the kitchen and dining area facilitates cross ventilation while capturing stunning views. Morgan worked with designer Carol Lynn Forman to find the interior finishes and furnishings. Playing off a neutral palette, Morgan chose lowVOC paints from Sherwin Williams for




the walls, while the kitchen cabinets are finished 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 first floor Morgan requested radiant heat as well. “I just love to walk on the warm floorboards,” she says.

The energy-efficient Tulikivi fireplaces — 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 fireplace’s bake oven.) To conserve water, Farley added low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures. 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 home’s open floor plan allows the living and dining areas to flow 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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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 finished 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 reflects the timber framing indoors. O Farley incorporated a porch off the first-floor master bedroom. O The laundry room is equipped with a deep farmhouse sink. All appliances are Energy Star rated.


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BUILT TO LAST The planning’s done. The design’s finalized. The timber frame has even been raised. Now it’s time for the Olsens to watch their dream become reality.




ustom-home construction can be an overwhelming idea. Let’s face it — we’ve all heard a few nightmarish stories about everything from costly delays to sloppy subcontractors. But there’s no reason to lose sleep over such tales. Just ask Greg Olsen.

“The house is about 60 percent complete at this point, and now that you can see it taking shape, you get this overall tingly feeling when you’re up there,” he says. “Everything has been going extremely smoothly and the house looks spectacular.” Greg’s unwavering enthusiasm

comes from the excitement of seeing his dream home come to fruition, but also from the exceptional work done by his team. After all, if you’re just as conscientious about choosing a timber provider, designer and builder as you are about drafting your floor plan, everything should come together as


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 floppy 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 profile 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 we’ve 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 fir timber frame to the floors, 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. “We’ve really left no stone unturned,” he explains. “There’s three miles of gravel road between us and the paved road, so if there’s 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.”


BUILDING-CODE BASICS 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 what’s being built, the inspector has the authority to stop construction until the problem is corrected. It’s this inspector who, using building codes as a reference, will pronounce your home livable with a certificate of occupancy. For building-code information in the United States, visit For Canadian building-code info, visit

If you’re thinking about building a custom home or getting ready to embark on your own construction journey, it’s helpful to understand what local code officials 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 home’s design before issuing a building

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The home was designed to nestle into the land, providing an open floor plan and plenty of outdoor areas for family and friends to enjoy.


Of course, flexibility 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 you’re like me, you’re going to love the project so much that you’re just going to fall in love and keep wanting to make it better,” he says. “Upgraded choices certainly add cost, but it’s well worth it, so try to be flexible and plan ahead for those kind of changes if possible.” With the main elements of the house up and in place, it’s clear all of the design details and choices along the way have come together just right. “There’s 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 finishes. 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.”


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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.



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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ABOVE: Countertop heights can be varied to efficiently 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 mother’s 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, it’s the place everyone loves to congregate. Why fight 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 you’re trying to save on space. But attaining an eat-in kitchen that 58


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 you’ll 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 figure out the purpose of the meal, whether it’s 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 it’s also important to think about the future. “Imagine how your needs might change in five 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 office or hobby area is as easy as outfitting it with a Murphy bed that folds up into the wall when not in use. Hidden home office systems, which also close up into the wall, provide the same flexibility. 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 flipside, if you find your circle is expanding with grandkids, think about whether you’ll 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 floor plan provides the perfect opportunity to show off your home’s architectural craftsmanship.

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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 fireplace. Use built-ins under windows for storage and seating.

With timber framing, post-andbeam or hybrid construction, it’s 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 efficiently provide a dining space in a cozy kitchen. One popular configuration 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 they’re 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 fit. 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 traffic paths on two sides, an L-shape bench can be used. Most floor plans can be modified 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 family’s lifestyle and planning for your needs and dreams, you might find that, like your guests, you like your kitchen best, too. Q

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Designing and building handcrafted timber frame homes for over 25 years

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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, Rebbecca’s vision came to life in the form of a simple design, snug and compatible with its Puget Sound environment. Approach the cottage, and you’re greeted by a flagstone path that winds its way to the front door. Inside, the 800-square-foot main level features an open floor 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.





Modest &


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 family’s 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. It’s 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:

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Winner: Home of the Year

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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


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

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