The Secret Life of Bees. A forever timber frame home in Ithaca, NY

When we met Nancy and Larry to first chat about their timber frame home aspirations, we learned that Larry is a beekeeper and suddenly we were as full of questions about beekeeping as we were with answers to home designing and building. The couple shares a special affinity for nature, much like our various teams (if you’ve ever read our bios, you’ll see a reoccurring theme of ‘hiking, biking, and being outdoors’). Taking a look at the bucolic piece of farm and woodlands near Ithaca, NY was one of the first steps to designing the couple’s home. Ty Allen, AIA, our design build manager and architect, met with Larry and Nancy on their site to explore the possibilities. Ty shared with us a bit about the overall project and process:

Ty explained that the site offered a good combination of open space and mature woods. There was a desire to embrace both with this custom home.

“When we walked the site it became clear we could create a design that would give Larry and Nancy a home which engaged with both the surrounding woods and open spaces. We knew they wanted something of manageable size and easy to maintain where they could enjoy their retirement,” Ty shared.

We talk more about the Commons in a previous post. Photo (c) Scott Hemenway.

Physical connections to outdoors were key to all areas of this home. Photo (c) Scott Hemenway.

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In Their Words: Patrick Rogers, The Pike Company, West Henrietta, NY

Located near downtown Rochester, this project put a contemporary twist on timber framing by combining elements of pavilion, trellis, and pergola designs. The resulting 1,000 square foot space serves as a break room, gathering space, lunch room, and more with its relaxed open style. Employees can enjoy nature through large windows and doors that open to the exterior spaces. The radio frequency dried Douglas fir timbers are oversized to accommodate heavy snow common to upstate NY.

Patrick Rodgers of The Pike Company, the project builders, wrote:

“Pike and our many great subcontractors including New Energy Works poured their heart and soul into this project. Great Design + Great Build = Great Design/Build. We really enjoyed the teamwork and getting the best results through early collaboration, and most importantly, are excited the customer is happy. Well done.”

The architect for the Break Room Retreat project was HBT Architects.

Photos by Scott Hemenway.

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Net-Zero Timber Frame Homes

Timber frames express structure as craft. We love that. They are also a natural fit for energy saving designs. This is great for the Earth and for money-saving empathies. We’ve challenged ourselves to achieve Net-Zero in energy use, or as close to it as we can get, for every project without compromising design.

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Prototyping Beyond the Barriers with hsb3DPrinting

We recently teamed up with hsbcad and hsblabs to experiment with their new add-in for Autodesk® Revit® – hsb3DPrinting. The program enables you to decompose a Revit building model into logical, scaled elements, print them on a standard 3D printer, and then assemble the model by clicking or gluing the elements together. Here are the results of one of our residential projects in Central New York:

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Case Study: Lakeside Charm on the Cliff

Years of dreaming and planning culminated in Tom and Maureen’s lakeside home. Situated on a steep slope, down a drive with several switchbacks, the site was both challenging and exciting to our construction group. Porches and decks welcome family and friends to enjoy lake views from outside, while reclaimed flooring from Pioneer Millworks and custom cabinetry by NEWwoodworks offer warm elegance inside. The design takes advantage of the site with large windows and walk-out lake access on the lower level.

Location: Naples, NY
Architect/Builder: New Energy Works
Size: 3,320 sq ft

View the entire case study here.

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The porte cochère of Tom and Maureen’s home has become a popular gathering space during parties and large family functions.

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Inside the home, the great room offers intimate volumes while capturing views of the trees and lake outside.

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Crafted by NEWwoodworks, the cherry cabinetry will continue to deep in tone and character as it naturally ages.

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