Come To­gether

Planned with fam­ily in mind, one New York tim­ber home pairs a strong tim­ber pres­ence with a com­fort­able de­sign.


It’s a com­mon feel­ing of­ten re­vealed when con­vers­ing about the as­pi­ra­tion of build­ing a cus­tom home — that de­sire to cre­ate a oneof-a-kind re­treat for fam­ily and friends to gather and make mem­o­ries. And home­own­ers Jim and Lori Van­de­wall were no dif­fer­ent when they de­cided to build their own tim­ber get­away in western New York. But that shared sen­ti­ment is the only “com­mon” thing about the spec­tac­u­lar fin­ished home.

“The home­own­ers have a big fam­ily, so our goal was, of course, to make sure their needs were met,” ex­plains Sa­man­tha Gon­ter at Timberbuilt of North Collins, New York. “They were mov­ing to the out­skirts of town where ev­ery­thing wasn’t as close as it used to be. So, with a grow­ing fam­ily, they wanted to make sure they had a home that had enough space to keep ev­ery­one com­fort­able.”

With fam­ily in mind, the home­own­ers and their build­ing team cre­ated a nearly 4,000-square-foot home, com­plete with three bed­rooms — and plenty of more space to grow. “The garage even has a liv­able space above to al­low for a lit­tle more el­bow room,” Gon­ter says. The home’s struc­tural eastern white pine frame and re­claimed barn wood floor­ing bring added char­ac­ter to the home’s in­te­rior spa­ces.

Out­side, the home is just as beau­ti­ful, thanks to western red cedar ex­te­rior tim­bers and a jaw-drop­ping set­ting. “Ev­ery client and ev­ery build­ing site is dif­fer­ent, and it should be treated as such,” Gon­ter ex­plains. “This fam­ily had a site with gor­geous views that we wanted to make sure to cap­i­tal­ize on, and we did. Whether you’re stand­ing in the kitchen, great room, loft, master bed­room or the lower level, you’re get­ting the best views in town.”

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