Say Hello to Sum­mer!

Timber Home Living - - Editor’s Note - SARA BROWN, Ed­i­tor

As the days grow colder and the hours of day­light start to dwin­dle, it hits us. That late-fall sea­sonal shift where all you can see ahead of you is dreary win­ter weather, bonechilling temps and hours upon hours (upon hours) spent in­doors.

For most of us, while there might be a few bright spots in the long, dark win­ter, we spend the sea­son count­ing the days un­til the sun­light lingers past 8 p.m., the warm air wraps around us like a sun­dried beach towel, and every­one opens their doors and emerges from hi­ber­na­tion. At my house, these are the days when our screen door slams shut count­less times a day while my kids run in and out from the back­yard, and all meals, from sun up to sun down, are served out­doors. Yes, friends, these are the glo­ri­ous days of sum­mer.

In this spe­cial out­door liv­ing is­sue we cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing this glo­ri­ous sea­son has to of­fer. We jump straight to the back­yard in Draw­ing Board (page 22) where we share ex­pert tips and ad­vice for cre­at­ing a smart — and show stop­ping — out­door kitchen. If you’ve ever fan­ta­sized about step­ping out your back door to en­joy your own al fresco prep, cook­ing and din­ing space, this story is for you. Savvy Shop­per (page 14), In­side Style (page 16) and Prod­uct Guide (page 28) take it out­side, too, fo­cus­ing on stylish sum­mer prod­ucts and de­sign strate­gies for heat­ing up all of your home’s ex­te­rior spa­ces.

Of course, it’s not only what’s out­side, but what’s in­side that counts. In “Your House, Your Way” (page 50), one com­pany shares one of their most pop­u­lar plans and the dif­fer­ent ways their cus­tomers have tweaked it to suit their per­sonal style. The take away? You don’t have to spend the time — and money — de­sign­ing a cus­tom home from scratch. With a lit­tle vi­sion and know how, you can al­ter any ex­ist­ing plan to cre­ate a one-of-a-kind feel in your fu­ture tim­ber home.

And last but not least we have our three home tours, which show­case how seam­lessly this con­struc­tion style can blend with its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. From a “moun­tain mod­ern” re­treat in North Carolina (“Worth the Wait,” page 30) to a bright and beau­ti­ful tim­ber frame in Ohio (“Room With a View,” page 38), this is­sue has some­thing for every­one.

So, with the sum­mer sea­son upon us, we hope you find a sunny (or shady) spot to re­lax and un­wind with this, our out­door liv­ing is­sue. And we hope our ideas and home tours help in­spire a tim­ber home that looks and lives beau­ti­fully from the out­side in — no mat­ter the sea­son.

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