This modern timber frame home was the winner of the 2016 Jerry Rouleau Award for Excellence in Design given by the NAHB Building Systems Councils and recently the subject of a feature story at Best in American Living Blog. The project is a reflection of a trend within the wood home industry, where homes are blending authentic log or timber construction with modern architectural style.
Like many people who purchase a building lot in a remote location, the owner of this home was keen to capture her property’s striking landscape. When she came across the Cascade floor plan concept, part of PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes’ Mountain Modern™ series, she realized that she had found the perfect inspiration.
“I wasn’t familiar with modern architecture, but I’ve always been drawn to timber framing,” she said. “When I saw the layout and the large window walls I knew it would take advantage of the views.”
Large groupings of glass are a hallmark of modern design; as are open interior spaces, flat roofs and strong linear elements. Timber framing was an ideal method for achieving this modern style. For instance, the timbers provide the framework that allows the interior spaces to be so open.
Timbers and steel are also used in conjunction to frame the glass windows and support the towering rooflines as they extend out over the patio. The geometry of the timbers and the shapes they create help emphasis the modern lines as well.
While the timber frame plays an integral role in the modern style, the natural beauty of the timbers calls back to the surrounding landscape. Combined with stone accents and warm wood siding the house is grounded within its environment.