Amer­i­can beauty

Timber Home Living - - Contents - SARA BROWN, Ed­i­tor

Ear­lier this sum­mer I had the plea­sure of at­tend­ing my cousin Sarah’s wed­ding. (“Baby Sarah” to me, as I am the old­est cousin on my mom’s side of the fam­ily and she’s one of the youngest.) The weather was lovely as it is on most June Satur­days, and the bride, my “baby” cousin, looked like some­thing out of the pages of a glossy wed­ding mag­a­zine — young, happy and com­pletely beau­ti­ful.

The out­door venue was equally spec­tac­u­lar, po­si­tioned at the end of a long drive atop a hill, look­ing out over a 220acre farm lo­cated just a few miles out­side his­toric Fred­er­ick, Mary­land. Some may say that the prop­erty’s main at­trac­tion is the strik­ing red-bricked his­toric man­sion where the bride and groom can dress and re­lax be­fore the cer­e­mony. But for me, the real show­stop­per was tucked be­hind the main house, stand­ing tall against the bu­colic land­scape. Here, a ren­o­vated barn, crafted from an au­then­tic tim­ber frame, pro­vided a rustic-yet-re­fined spot for the 180 guests to en­joy cock­tails, din­ner and lots of danc­ing late into the warm evening. It was in­deed the per­fect back­drop for an easy-yet-el­e­gant sum­mer­time wed­ding.

And my cousin and her new hus­band aren’t the only ones max­i­miz­ing on the beauty of barns. Yes, in the bur­geon­ing wed­ding in­dus­try, barns are def­i­nitely hav­ing a mo­ment. And the same goes for the world of home de­sign. Just take a look around on Pinterest, or check out one of to­day’s pop­u­lar TV shows like Fixer Up­per or Barn Hunters, and you’ll quickly no­tice that what was once a style used only for hous­ing live­stock is now the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind homes, recre­ational re­treats and even “barn­do­mini­ums.” (Yep, that’s a barn-in­spired con­do­minium.) Want to see some of th­ese beau­ti­ful barn spa­ces for your­self? Check out “Barn Style” (page 54) for in­for­ma­tion (and in­spi­ra­tion) for build­ing one of your very own.

We knew we also had to fea­ture Jan and Terry Prices’ im­pres­sive tim­ber barn (“Gath­er­ing Place”) the mo­ment we laid eyes on the unique aes­thetic and ameni­ties. Nat­u­rally, we were taken by the barn’s strik­ing frame­work, but our big­gest grins stemmed from the unique de­sign de­tails, like the RV garage, se­cond-floor liv­ing space and built-in bunk beds, com­plete with in­di­vid­ual sky­lights for tak­ing in the stars. A keen at­ten­tion to the lit­tle de­tails turned a purely func­tional space into a com­fort­able get­away in this Arkansas barn. Check it out on page 46.

Of course, this is­sue also fo­cuses on other hot home top­ics, in­clud­ing de­sign ad­vice for plan­ning two of your tim­ber frame’s most im­por­tant spa­ces. Yes, we’re talk­ing about the ever-pop­u­lar kitchens and bath­rooms. Turn to In­side Style (page 21), Draw­ing Board (page 26) and Prod­uct Guide (page 30) to get started.

No mat­ter the style of home you’re plan­ning for, this is­sue will help in­spire you to build a well-crafted struc­ture that will stand the test of time. Af­ter all, barns are true Amer­i­can icons — and they’re see­ing a surge in pop­u­lar­ity thanks to their rustic, strong and clas­sic ap­peal. Sound like the char­ac­ter­is­tics you crave for your fu­ture home? Then you’ve come to the right place.

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