Wholesome Foods, Brews, and Timbers

Last week we were alerted to awesome photos of a Whole Foods Market in Chicago, IL that features our trusses in the bar area and reclaimed wood from our sister company, Pioneer Millworks, throughout. It’s funny how often “finished shots” of a project don’t arrive until a year or two (or more!) after its completion. This project was no exception having opened in early 2017. I struck out to learn more about it, connecting with Mark Scherrer, Senior Associate at BRR Architecture and lead architect for this particular Whole Foods, known to us as “Lakeview”. Mark recalled the store with ease and answered questions before I even asked:

If you’re not familiar with Whole Foods, they’re an award-winning national grocer with solid ethos and product focus on natural and organic foods. The stores are an experience, each one unique–any chance we have to visit one, we take it!

Each Whole Foods Market is one-of-a-kind, very purposefully designed. Mark explained that for Lakeview: “We knew we wanted the store experience to end with a big design feature. There’s a sense of ‘arrival’ to the Red Star Bar that you feel when looking out from the grand lobby, and customers are encouraged to make this part of their overall shopping experience.”


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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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Find the Beetle: Hobby Barn, Palmetto Bluff, SC

Our beetle assisted in raising a barn that will serve as a car workshop, steel workshop, storage, and an office in Palmetto Bluff, SC. Large 12 x 12 timbers throughout the structure will ensure the stability of the 100’ x 65’ building. The barn has a fresh sawn Douglas fir interior, a Western Red Cedar exterior, and a rough sawn texture with dark brown finish.

Architect: Rob Bramhall Architects

Builder: J.T. Turner Construction, Inc.

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Timber Frame Porches

This is the season of The Porch. I don’t think I’ve met a person that doesn’t enjoy relaxing on the porch. Porches are a bridge between inside and outside. They’re also a great way to add space to your home without a huge investment. Check out how much they can change the look of a home:

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Before and after. This cottage home’s lakeside facade is totally different thanks to quad post porches connected by a huge deck.

More good news: crafting a porch with timbers increases longevity of the structure. (They also give the space unmatched aesthetics.) Timber is versatile and can work with large decks and removable screens to modest cement pads as post and beam supported roof structures. Summer, Spring, Fall, and even “Winter” in some regions, these spaces act as extra rooms and get us all outside.

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