Harmony on Hudson

harmony-on-hudson-imageWhen Greg & Dee approached us about their family’s timber frame retreat home we knew it was going to be fun. They had great plans and land with amazing views – but more, their goal was to create a home as environmentally friendly as possible. Eliminating VOCs and incorporating reclaimed and organic materials (plus a solar array) were “must have” elements. We recently had a chance to chat with Greg about life on the mountain:

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Expansive views of Catamount and Butternut Mountains enjoyed from the home.

 

“Well firstly, we loved the rich color and character we saw in the reclaimed timbers in the showroom,” explains Greg. “Now that they’re part of our home, we are so pleased that we went this direction.”

pmw-timbers-barn-siding-walnut-ent-ctr-and-floor_web_shGreg has a special affinity for a particular Douglas fir post near the kitchen. It isn’t uncommon to see him hugging the post on his way into the common areas. “Every time I come into the house after I haven’t been there for a while, there is a post that I wrap myself around and give a giant hug too. I’ve been known to give it a little smooch as well. I really do love this house.” We can relate. In fact, hugging, handling, smelling, and staring dreamily at wood is typical day-to-day around our mill and office.

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Our teams do love reclaimed wood!

“We wanted to use as much reclaimed wood as possible because it’s environmentally friendly and a healthier option for our family, but also just as important, we love the sustainability aspects of re-purposed wood,” Greg continued.

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img_4902wanut-floor_olsenWe learned that it would be common for Greg & Dee to have large gatherings and lots of cooks in the kitchen. Foot traffic would be heavy, but they live in a relaxed atmosphere, so shoes would be off. This type of living would be a good fit for Walnut as it is a softer hardwood. The rich coffee, purple, caramel, and tan toned wood flows throughout the main level of the home. “The Reclaimed Walnut floors are one of the best decisions that we made. We used a no VOC finish so they do require more care, but they are so beautiful that it’s totally worth it.” To balance out the darker floors, the custom NEWwoodworks cabinetry stays light.

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Reclaimed Walnut flooring meets American Prairie Taphouse siding and is joined by Reclaimed Maple/Beech furniture (crafted by NEWwoodworks).

The interior trim is Douglas fir which joins with American Prairie Taphouse reclaimed softwoods on the bedroom, entry, and stair walls. “We were initially concerned that with having too much wood, that decorative wood paneling on the interior walls could be overkill. Turns out the team at Pioneer Millworks suggested just the right amount and it ended up being the perfect complement to the interior of our home.”

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nww_stairs_web The custom stairs and railing were crafted by NEWwoodworks.

The stairs lead from the main level to a rec room, kid’s bedrooms, and an exercise room via Douglas fir and Walnut raisers and treads with a cable railing system.

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The lower level rec room includes an entertainment center crafted with Reclaimed Settlers' Plank Hardwoods and topped with Reclaimed Beech.

The lower level rec room includes an entertainment center crafted with Reclaimed Settlers’ Plank Hardwoods and topped with Reclaimed American Gothic hardwoods (crafted by NEWwoodworks).

The lower level features Reclaimed Teak, an incredibly durable species with rich, warm tones. “Choosing the reclaimed teak was an excellent decision for downstairs. We love the look and really appreciate how well it has stood up to heavy traffic from the kids, friends, and our gym.”

gamerm-teak-floor-rec-barn-siding-ceiling_web_sh“The rec room’s ‘as-found’ industrial salvaged timbers add a lot of fun and character to the space. Using them throughout the house would not meet our aesthetic desires, but in this room the timbers along with the reclaimed barn-wood on the ceiling definitely add to our house.”

olsen-reclaimed-softwoods-siding-pioneer-millworksWhen approaching the home it appears to have grown out of the land, to be part of the surrounding forest thanks in part to the exterior siding’s hard-earned natural tones. “Our favorite Pioneer Millworks element is the cladding on the exterior of the house. Perhaps more than any other feature, this multi-color, multi-textured wood sets the tone for the uniqueness of our home.”

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Homeowners Greg & Dee.

 

“One of our favorite things to do is wake up in the morning on a cold winter day and lean back and our chairs in front of the picture window and drink in the view with a nice warm blanket and a hot cup of coffee. If a mountain was able to give birth to a house, this would be the house.”

Thanks Greg, Dee, and family for letting us be part of your dream home!

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New Energy Works Timberframers (our sister company) designed Greg and Dee’s retreat home creating a layout with ample party space with unobstructed southern views of the Catamount and Butternut Mountains. They included screened and covered porches which blur the line between interior and exterior spaces. Their team enclosed the home with the high efficiency Matrix Wall System and SIP roof panels. This same group was also responsible for installing the American Prairie Reclaimed Siding. We work elbow to elbow with New Energy Works and are always thankful for how smoothly our combined projects go. Plus, they’re as wood obsessed as we are!

(If you’re interested in the whole story, Timber Home Living Magazine has followed this project from design to completion.)

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Before and After

Who doesn’t love a dramatic transformation?!

Pam’s patio was suffering from a lack of use, and she realized that was probably due to a lack of personality. The custom concrete work wasn’t doing quite enough to draw the family outside.

The concrete block wall didn't do enough to complement the beautiful custom stamped concrete patio.

The concrete block wall didn’t do enough to complement the beautiful custom textured concrete patio.

Previously clad in plain plywood, the storage area under the deck now features custom made doors on specialty hardware.

Previously clad in plain plywood, the storage area under the deck now features custom made doors on specialty hardware.

Looking for something more exiting that typical siding, Pam wanted something to really ‘pop’ and liven up  the space and she knew that reclaimed Barn Siding would do just that.   Opting for the Mixed Brown-Grey product that includes the full range of weathered colors, she also varied the layout, mixing vertical and horizontal and even building a custom pair of barn style doors with a modern vibe.

 

 

The end result (paired with a splash of color on the glass doors) is a lively, live-able patio, that the whole family loves!

The completed patio is a dramatic change- the siding and fun punch of color on the doors make a huge difference. Now the space is modern and inviting.

The completed patio is a dramatic change- the siding and fun punch of color on the doors make a huge difference. Now the space is modern and inviting.

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Modern Mix: Barn Siding in Timber Home Living Magazine

Timber framing and barn siding? Yes! Jennifer’s bathroom, featured in an earlier post, has now found its way into print. Our Roblyn Powley is quoted extensively – well said Roblyn! The article below is published in the August 2013 issue of Timber Home Living magazine.

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As seen in Timber Home Living magazine.

reclaimed and modern materials

As seen in Timber Home Living magazine – page 2.

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All you need is just a little patience

Anyone who’s lived through a remodeling project in their home knows that things often don’t go exactly as planned, or finish in the time originally anticipated.

Our client Jennifer came to see us back when the weather was still nice and  I just recently had the opportunity to visit her home and take a look at her newly completed master bathroom remodel. The expanded space incorporates our Mixed Brown-Grey Barn Siding throughout.

The reclaimed Barn Siding wraps all of the master bath's walls as well as the box beams at the ceiling.  The beams are hollow and incorporate lighting in them to illuminate the ceiling.

The reclaimed Barn Siding wraps all of the master bath’s walls as well as the box beams at the ceiling. The beams are hollow and incorporate lighting in them to illuminate the ceiling.

The home itself is an 1800s barn on a rolling, wooded lot so the barn siding was a perfect fit for the aesthetic of the space, but Jennifer also wanted to incorporate a contemporary feel which she accomplished by including bright white cabinetry with clean lines and the crisp, modern fixtures and tiles.

 

Reclaimed Barn Siding naturally has variations in thickness due to the irregular weathering of the boards on the barn. The contractors here carefully planed the back of each piece to lessen this effect and create a more uniform surface on the walls.

Reclaimed Barn Siding naturally has variations in thickness due to the irregular weathering of the boards on the barn. The contractors here carefully planed the back of each piece to lessen this effect and create a more uniform surface on the walls.

As with many remodeling projects, there were snags and delays along the way- demolition that took longer than anticipated and design changes on the fly. Jennifer and her construction team also took their time with the details.  The Barn Siding for the walls was planed on site to totally eliminate any variation in thickness and Jennifer hand applied a very subtle finish to soften the naturally dramatic color variation in the Mixed Brown-Grey planks. Additionally the vanity was custom designed and built to fit the room and a large new master closet was created using space from the garage.

A narrow strip of the Barn Siding also finishes the front of the fully custom tile-topped vanity.

A narrow strip of the Barn Siding also finishes the front of the fully custom tile-topped vanity.

The Barn Siding is also used as the tub skirt, complementing the light tones of the wood-grain tiles.  The homeowner has a strong DIY streak and made the area rug herself with leather scraps and a loom.

The Barn Siding is also used as the tub skirt, complementing the light tones of the wood-grain tiles. The homeowner has a strong DIY streak and made the area rug herself with leather scraps and a loom.

Ultimately, the results are worth the extra time spent. The carefully considered details make for a stunning, spa-like space that Jennifer can enjoy everyday. Her patience paid off in a big way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The homeowner applied a subtle white wash style finish to each plank.  This makes the variation in the Brown-Grey planks somewhat more subtle and cools down the warmer brown boards.

The homeowner applied a subtle white wash style finish to each plank. This makes the variation in the Brown-Grey planks somewhat less dramatic and cools down the warmer brown boards.

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