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In­spired by cen­turies-old tim­ber frame con­struc­tions, a skilled crafts­man melds old-world ar­chi­tec­ture with mod­ern ameni­ties for a fam­ily of four.

The char­coal-gray color scheme in the liv­ing area was borne out of the prac­ti­cal­ity of hav­ing two young chil­dren. Couches and chairs are cov­ered in li­nen for durability, and a heavy, weath­ered cof­fee ta­ble is for­giv­ing to nicks and scratches. An­i­mal print weaves the home’s con­tem­po­rary and nat­u­ral el­e­ments to­gether while pro­vid­ing pat­tern for visual in­ter­est. Clerestory windows above the main-floor frame­work draw the eye up­ward to the ceil­ing’s ar­rest­ing ar­chi­tec­ture.

with their two chil­dren, they hang a sheet from the rafters of their tim­ber frame home. Us­ing a pro­jec­tor—there isn’t a sin­gle tele­vi­sion in the house—they be­gin the film, di­a­logue echo­ing off high ceil­ings sheathed in East­ern white pine. Even more im­pres­sive than the acous­tics is how the ar­chi­tec­ture came to be—a re­mark­able com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional ar­ti­san­ship and mod­ern sen­si­bil­ity.

Hav­ing moved from New York City to ru­ral Berk­shire County in Mas­sachusetts, Ur­sula and Enore orig­i­nally wanted a mod­ern home that felt as loft­like and in­dus­trial as the Brook­lyn apart­ments they were ac­cus­tomed to. But when a friend in­tro­duced Ur­sula to builder Dave Lanoue, the Ce­o­las’ vi­sion of their home in the coun­try­side be­gan to morph. “The essence of light is what at­tracted us to a mod­ern build­ing in the first place,” Ur­sula says. “We liked the idea of hav­ing large, open spa­ces, and work­ing with Dave, we found we could have that, but in a way that blends into our ru­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

Lanoue, the cou­ple dis­cov­ered, al­ready had nearly com­pleted the frame­work of a home, which he could trans­port to their prop­erty. Based off of 19th-cen­tury swing-beam hay barns, the struc­ture is built with­out mod­ern fix­tures like nails or brack­ets, in­stead us­ing only wooden mor­tise-and-tenon joints to hold beams to­gether. “The wide-open spa­ces in th­ese early tim­ber frame forms lend a dis­tinctly mod­ern touch to the ar­chi­tec­ture,” Lanoue says. “And they tol­er­ate up-to-date trans­la­tions of cabi­netry, fur­nish­ings, kitchens, and baths very well.”

Hav­ing a kitchen that func­tions with ease was of ut­most im­por­tance to both Ur­sula and Enore, given that they are both avid cooks and en­joy host­ing meals for fam­ily and friends. Con­tem­po­rary stain­less-steel fix­tures in the kitchen off­set abun­dant wood for a clean, stream­lined look—made pos­si­ble by Ur­sula’s cunning stor­age. “I took in­ven­tory of ev­ery piece of cook­ware and table­ware we owned, and had cab­i­nets cus­tom-made to fit,” she says. “I wanted to make sure we had room for ev­ery­thing we needed.”

When Ur­sula and Enore Ce­ola want to have a movie night

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