Con­tem­po­rary Call­ing

A de­sign dream team works to­gether to cre­ate a strik­ing “moun­tain mod­ern” home in Alberta, Canada.

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When one thinks of a tim­ber home, the first thoughts that of­ten come to mind are time­less, durable, age-old de­sign. But in the case of one home in Grand Prairie, Alberta, the term “tim­ber home” takes on a whole new mean­ing.

Cre­ated and built by Cana­dian Timberframes, HomEdge, and Kelly & Stone Ar­chi­tects, the 6,870-square-foot re­treat was orig­i­nally go­ing to have a much dif­fer­ent, more tra­di­tional, look. That was un­til the home­own­ers met with Steve Watchorn and Sharra Con­rad of HomEdge. “Once we started to dis­cuss their house de­sign fur­ther, they soon came to the re­al­iza­tion that they wanted a more ex­tra­or­di­nary home and looked to us for sug­ges­tions,” ex­plains Con­rad. “When we pre­sented the idea of a “moun­tain mod­ern” style home fea­tur­ing tim­ber-frame con­struc­tion, they were im­me­di­ately on board.”

Con­tact­ing Jeff Bowes, pres­i­dent and owner of Cana­dian Timberframes in Golden, Bri­tish Columbia, was the next step in the process. “The clients hadn’t re­tained an ar­chi­tect at the time, but they had some in­ter­est­ing images and ideas of the unique look they were af­ter,” says Bowes. “I thought it would be a great fit to work with Kelly & Stone Ar­chi­tects out of Steam­boat Springs, Colorado. The style and the look that the clients were go­ing for — I thought it would be a per­fect fit. The higher re­quire­ment for cre­ativ­ity brought them into the fold.”

From there, Stone got to work cre­at­ing the plans for the home, hand­ing off fin­ished con­struc­tion draw­ings to Bowes and his team who com­pleted the walls, the tongue-and-groove ceil­ings and the unique tim­ber roof sys­tem. “The clients ex­plained that they didn’t want as much of a post-and-beam grid,” ex­plains Bowes. “They loved the roof feel­ing of tim­bers, but they didn’t want all the tim­bers on the walls, so we in­cor­po­rated what we call a “tim­ber lid” into some of the spa­ces.”

To do this, Cana­dian Tim­ber-frames built man­u­fac­tured, highly- struc­tured walls in­stead of us­ing tim­ber col­umns. "The walls kind of re­place the posts in this sce­nario, so we're land­ing a cleaner tim­ber roof sys­tem on top of pre­fab walls. This the look of tim­bers above but cleaner lines through­out,” says Bowes.

The fin­ished house fea­tures two lev­els spread out over a ranch-style de­sign, with a main-floor master bed­room and a guest suite. The lower level is fully fin­ished with an ad­di­tional four bed­rooms and three bath­rooms. De­spite its size, the house still feels com­fort­able thanks to a smart se­lec­tion of fin­ishes and close at­ten­tion to scale. “Some mod­ern homes feel cold, like a mu­seum,” says Stephanie Bowes of Cana­dian Timberframes. “The scale and the wood bring you in and warms up the en­tire space.’

The main area of the house in­clud­ing the kitchen and great room show­cases this con­cept per­fectly. “It’s such a wide open area with so many fea­tures to take in,” says Con­rad. “From the beau­ti­ful tim­bers in the ceil­ing ac­cented with metal sup­ports to the 25-foot stone wall en­clos­ing the fire­place, it’s equally strik­ing and com­fort­able.”

And it’s that win­ning com­bi­na­tion that makes the house a fa­vorite amongst all who worked on it. “I like that it’s fairly far out­side that norm of what we typ­i­cally see in tim­ber con­struc­tion, which is a nod to the Kelly & Stone cre­ative job,” says Bowes. “It was a very unique ex­am­ple of our work and tim­ber fram­ing in gen­eral. This house is the real deal. A real a show piece.”

Dark-stained over­head tim­bers draw eyes up­ward in the master bed­room. A cus­tom glass-tiled fire­place serves as a fo­cal point in the room, while the spa­cious walk-in closet in­cludes am­ple stor­age space.

A tile pad walk­way leads up to the 6,870-square-foot ranch-style home. A mix of ma­te­ri­als on the home’s ex­te­ri­ors adds to the mod­ern feel.

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