Ma­te­rial Gain

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ma­te­ri­als in all the right places — and know­ing when to stop. The more pub­lic a space is, the more you’ll want to show it off. So, for ex­am­ple, in the great room, you might want to opt for tim­ber frame con­struc­tion ex­posed to the in­te­rior or elab­o­rate ceil­ing truss work that cre­ates a lot of vis­ual at­ten­tion. And, to some ex­tent, mas­ter suites are get­ting more at­ten­tion. Their ceil­ings are the first thing you see in the morn­ing and the last thing you see at night.

Kitchens are prime spots for tra­di­tional con­struc­tion, giv­ing you flat walls that can eas­ily sup­port cab­i­nets and ap­pli­ances. But by beef­ing up your con­ven­tional con­struc­tion to sup­port a lit­tle ex­tra weight, you can add dec­o­ra­tive wood­work on the ceil­ing, or graft on re­claimed wood beams or trim, giv­ing the kitchen more ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est and warmth, and a sense of his­tory, too.

De­sign­ers rec­om­mend that you keep con­struc­tion con­ven­tional in kids’ rooms or other ar­eas that might see rough treat­ment, though. “Rooms that are lo­cated on an up­per floor are more likely to have a flat ceil­ing, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for tim­ber frame el­e­ments,” notes Love­land. “Kids may do things like draw on walls and add a few dings here and there. It’s prob­a­bly bet­ter to just use dry­wall for your chil­dren’s bed­room walls, be­cause it’s eas­ier to re­pair than, for in­stance, wain­scot­ing made from an ex­otic or hard-to-har­vest wood.”

Out­door rooms, how­ever, are a good place to put aside con­ven­tional con­struc­tion and let the nat­u­ral el­e­ments of your hy­brid take over. Log trel­lis add-ons are pop­u­lar op­tions for out­door rooms, or us­ing dec­o­ra­tive ve­neers like barn board on the walls in­side and out to help tran­si­tion be­tween in­door and out­door spa­ces.

As in­sur­ance, make sure you find a de­sign pro­fes­sional who re­ally un­der­stands the prod­ucts with which the house is go­ing to be built, and who can act as a good re­source for find­ing par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing ma­te­ri­als. “You can build a new dream home with all the ameni­ties, and have it look like it’s been there for­ever. The trick is mak­ing all the com­po­nents work to give you that look,” Love­land ex­plains. “What a qual­ity hy­brid home does well is give you the con­ve­niences of con­ven­tional con­struc­tion, but with nat­u­ral el­e­ments that make your dream home look like it re­ally be­longs.”

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