Timber finishes: a world of color and texture

These hand-hewn Shou Sugi Ban timbers have an additional two-three coats of staining. Photo courtesy of Cardello Architects.

The world of timber frames is ubiquitous to Douglas fir, treated with an oil, and left to mellow over time to a golden hue. It’s classic, bringing to mind the mountain home with a two-story vaulted great room and a wall of windows overlooking a vista. Bring us a mug of hot cocoa and let us snuggle by the fire.

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Unstoppable Views, Freezing Temps, and Heavy Timber. Welcome to Michigan!

top of frame MI raising mike wResidents of Indiana, Doug and Tammy have called Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan their second home for 18 years. The site they’ve enjoyed over those years includes lake frontage and views worth talking about. (Mike W captured the panoramic above from the peak of the frame on crisp day.) The couple frequented several timber home shows where they met New Energy Works Drake Ambrosino, and we’ve helped them bring it to reality this Winter.

roof trusses drake 2We were told the weather is usually great in Grand Traverse, but that lake-effect snow is no joke near the water. While Darren, Mike, Anthony, and Noah were raising the frame, some tough weather hit the site. For nearly two weeks the temperatures ranged from just above zero into the teens with daily snow. The flakes didn’t diminish the team’s energy as they joined the custom stained Douglas fir main frame, front porch, and rear balconies.

snow flying grand t michigan framedarren directs crane bad weather drake jobMI snow Drake truck DrakeT&G of the same species and finish was installed over the main frame, followed by SIP roof panels. Mike W told us, with a quick chuckle from behind his hearty beard, that high winds were ‘a challenge’ for the SIP panel installation in particular.

custom stained t and g for mIPorter Builders from Kewadin, MI will be completing the home throughout 2017. Points of interest within just an hour of this project include Charlexoix, Petoskey, Traverse City, Torch Lake, and many ski areas.

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Out on a Limb

Home & Design featured one of our East Coast timber frame homes in a recent edition of their magazine. Architect Mark Kohler ‘went out on a limb’ and purchased five acres of land in Woodbridge, Virginia after visiting a client’s job site in 2001. The Kohlers envisioned a rustic retreat crafted from natural wood, stone, and glass. When Mark’s drawings were near completion, he reached out to us to supply Douglas fir timber framing and reclaimed antique heart-pine flooring (from Pioneer Millworks) for the house. Mark stated,”You associate timber framing with vacation homes in Colorado. It adds to the character and warmth.”

Read Home Design’s take on the project below.

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Find the Beetle: Lake Home Project, Ithaca, NY

For this week’s post, you can find our beetle settled on a high slope overlooking the west side of Cayuga Lake. This lake home project represents one of the handful of projects that New Energy Works serves as the general contractors for. (New Energy Works takes on a few local general contracting projects per year near their Farmington, NY headquarters.) The interior frame is comprised of kiln-dried Douglas Fir, while the exterior presents fresh sawn Douglas Fir with kiln-dried curves. Two distinct bowstring trusses with steel chords are featured above the kitchen to support the second floor above.

And what a great raising day it was! We couldn’t say it much better than the homeowners:

“We’ll never forget the joy and excitement we felt sharing the experience with our whole family – we had all grandparents and children. This project is a family home, a place where we hope to spend lots of quality time. This was the first time we could really see the house taking physical shape…all the 3D drawings in the world, wood samples and inspiration photos didn’t hold a candle to walking through the unfinished lower level, experiencing the proportions, walking down to the lake and imagining our kids playing in the (freezing) water. We were proud to be there and know that this was our project – that our family is building this for our future and to see our hard work and NEW’s being brought together in such an amazing fashion!”

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