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Anatomy of a small (and smart) home

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In life, we’re told not to sweat the small stuff. But some­times, in cer­tain spe­cial cir­cum­stances, it’s that small stuff that makes all the dif­fer­ence.

“In small houses you have to get cre­ative. You have to work a lit­tle harder,” says Adrian Jones, owner of Frame­works Tim­ber in Fort Collins, Colorado. “You can get away with gloss­ing over the de­tails in a larger home, but small houses mo­ti­vate you to use ev­ery inch of space to the best of its abil­ity.”

That ded­i­ca­tion to small-space plan­ning is ex­actly what the Frame­works team fo­cused on in this 2,235-square-foot tim­ber frame lo­cated in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado — all with the term “cabin” in mind. “The own­ers re­ferred to it as a cabin from the start, and even though ‘cabin’ can mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, we cre­ated a de­sign that’s re­flec­tive of cabin pro­por­tions in the way most of us would un­der­stand,” ex­plains Jones.

To meet those small-house pa­ram­e­ters, Jones worked with the own­ers to cre­ate a full tim­ber-frame plan that was de­signed to fit in seam­lessly with the sur­round­ing land­scape. The re­sult? A more ver­ti­cal struc­ture that ef­fec­tively uses 100 per­cent of the un­der-roof space and fea­tures a num­ber of in­ti­mate, tucked-in ar­eas, specif­i­cally on the sec­ond level.

“The up­stairs of the house wasn’t ac­tu­ally re­solved un­til we got on site and com­pleted the fram­ing process,” says Jones. “Orig­i­nally, the plans were drawn with full-height walls up­stairs, but once we saw the frame in place, we de­cided not to bring them all the way up. This al­lowed us to find added space as we went.”

Some of the stand-out space so­lu­tions found through­out the house in­clude book­shelves that were ac­tu­ally carved into the wall in the up­stairs bed­room; be­hind-the-door stor­age in the bath­rooms; and Mur­phy beds in the base­ment that fold up into the walls to make the space usable by day. In the kitchen, open shelv­ing vis­ually opens up the room while still pro­vid­ing enough space for dish­ware. Shelv­ing found along the sides of the kitchen is­land pro­vides even more added stor­age.

The frame it­self also helped give the im­pres­sion of a more spa­cious house de­spite its small foot­print. “Part of what we typ­i­cally talk about when we’re dis­cussing the ad­van­tages of tim­ber con­struc­tion is that the main level can be left open, while the tim­bers can help de­fine liv­ing ar­eas with­out hav­ing to put walls up,” Jones says. “Still, there’s an ap­pro­pri­ate dis­tinc­tion of space, mean­ing we can de­sign com­fort­able floor plans smaller with a tim­ber frame.”

Per­haps the big­gest ac­com­plish­ment in this small home is the fact that it still man­ages to house two full bed­rooms, three baths and a sleep­ing/play space in the base­ment — all per­fect for when the own­ers are there with their young fam­ily. “The owner had mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Canada and spend­ing time out­doors, so he wanted to cre­ate the same type of place for his boys,” says Jones. “It’s be­cause of that de­sire that we de­signed the house around their in­ten­tions to ex­pe­ri­ence the prop­erty, and we achieved it all in an ef­fi­cient, cabin-in­spired home.

For more pho­tos and a full floor plan, log on to tim­ber­home­liv­ing.com.

BE­LOW: “The own­ers knew they wanted a tim­ber home, but they left it up to us to tell them how to ful­fill it,” says Adrian Jones of Frame­works Tim­ber. The re­sult was an oak­framed house with bee­tle kill pine floors through­out.

LEFT: The porch that wraps around the main level of the house is a true 3-sea­son space, fea­tur­ing dou­ble-hung win­dows that can come out in the sum­mer and ra­di­ant heat floors for the colder months.

LEFT: The sec­ond-level vaulted ceil­ings are a re­sult of the tim­ber roof sys­tem, which lends a larger feel to the space with­out in­creas­ing the square footage.

BE­LOW: Open shelv­ing frames the win­dow in the kitchen to max­i­mize wall space.

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