Mix it Up
We’re lucky around here. Our jobs allow us to experience true architectural bliss each and every day. We’re constantly presented with scores of timber homes throughout the country that are beyond beautiful. They’ve achieved that evasive yet winning combination of good design, character and style that, when paired perfectly together, enter the arena of the truly spectacular.
But while there’s no doubt that timber framing fits in seamlessly with today’s modern design trends and evolving styles found in glossy photographs and magazines, they’re still part of a very special segment of the custom construction market. A segment that’s dedicated to one of the most traditional and timeless building materials: wood.
The secret? To evolve with the times, more and more timber companies are now offering a mix of materials and design options to their clients, meaning people can choose from a smorgasbord of styles — a little of this, a little of that — depending on the look and lifestyle they’re trying to achieve.
Sound like fun? It can be. Plus, combining styles and construction methods to create what the industry has dubbed a “hybrid” home can be easier on your bottom line as well. But like all aspects of custom home building, this freedom to mix and match whatever you want can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. For an introduction to mixing materials and building styles, turn to Build It (page 8) where timber-frame expert Jeff Davis answers some of the most pressing questions about this modern-meets-rustic home trend.
You’ll also be inspired by our featured home tours. Our favorite? “Big Sky Beauty” (page 34), a hybrid retreat located in central Montana. Designed and built by Natural Element Homes, this 7,000-square-foot home (including almost 3,000 square feet of outdoor living space) can handle a crowd, and its rustic materials and ranch-style design fit right in with the western landscape.
Whether you’re a timber-frame traditionalist or looking for something with a more modern mix, this issue is sure to have something for you. Just like we do every day in the Timber Home Living offices, we hope you enjoy browsing all your beautiful options.
Happy holidays — and happy planning!