Ed­i­tor’s Note

Timber Home Living - - Contents - SARA BROWN, Ed­i­tor

SOME EL­E­MENTS OF OUR HOUSES ARE, IN A WORD, CON­FUS­ING. There are nar­row hall­ways that lead to rooms that feel too big or down­right claus­tro­pho­bic; poor­ly­planned or non-ex­is­tent stor­age spa­ces; and de­sign de­tails that feel more like af­ter­thoughts than el­e­ments of a care­fully thought-out plan. It’s com­monly known as poor de­sign, and we usu­ally rec­og­nize it when we leave a house feel­ing slightly un­com­fort­able — even if we can’t put our fin­ger on ex­actly why. The home might be beau­ti­ful, but it doesn’t quite make sense.

Con­versely, there are homes that feel wel­com­ing, ef­fort­less and com­fort­ing from the mo­ment you walk through the door. Even if we’re set­ting foot in the space for the first time, we know where to go. The rooms — from the floor­ing ma­te­ri­als to the tran­si­tion ar­eas — feel nat­u­ral. Ran­dom­ness is min­i­mized, and ev­ery­thing fits to­gether like a seam­less ar­chi­tec­tural pat­tern. This de­sign qual­ity is no ac­ci­dent; in­deed, it’s the re­sult of smart plan­ning and an ac­knowl­edge­ment that a home should just, well, work.

Tim­ber homes, with their open floor plans, lend them­selves to get­ting the flow and feel just right, but you’ll still want to spend a good amount of time per­fect­ing your fi­nal plan. We en­sure a suc­cess­ful ap­proach to de­sign in “From Site Plan to Floor Plan” (page 48). You’ll learn that de­sign­ing a home that fits your fam­ily’s needs, site, cli­mate, bud­get and life­style will take time and re­search, but it can also be a re­ward­ing and cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence. Now’s your chance to de­sign a liv­ing space that matches your fam­ily’s unique life­style, so take it.

We also knew we had to fea­ture Bill and Beth Mor­ri­son’s spec­tac­u­lar tim­ber frame (“Open House,” page 36) the mo­ment we laid eyes on the beau­ti­ful Mon­tana set­ting and equally in­spir­ing de­sign. Nat­u­rally, we were im­pressed with the home’s strik­ing frame­work, but our big­gest grins stemmed from how the open floor plan flows ef­fort­lessly from one space to the next while still feel­ing com­fort­able and cozy — an am­bi­ence that takes an or­di­nary house and turns it into a home.

The houses and de­sign re­sources in this is­sue prove that well thought-out floor plans can trans­late to a truly great liv­ing space. Achiev­ing smart de­sign might take weeks, even months. But trust us, you’ll get there. Just re­mem­ber to en­joy the jour­ney of cre­at­ing your own idea of per­fec­tion. And if you find your­self feel­ing over­whelmed, just re­mem­ber: You’ve al­ready taken that first im­por­tant step to­ward a home that won't dis­ap­point

by choos­ing to build a tim­ber frame. Happy plan­ning!

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