Mix it Up

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

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!

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