A Sweet and Simple Timber Frame Home in New York
Hidden in plain sight toward the back end of a bucolic, 11-acre parcel sits a timber frame home with enduring style and inner strength. The owner, Larry, is a beekeeper with an annual honey harvest around 200 pounds. His bees enjoy an idyllic life. They are also symbolic of Larry and his wife, Nancy’s, agrarian-styled home. Honeycomb, the structure in which a colony lives, is designed for efficiency, strength and functionality. Yet for all its modesty, honeycomb radiates a soothing elegance in its design. Larry and Nancy’s home occupies a similar sweet spot.
For years the couple lived in a renovated barn filled with beams and wood ceilings giving them a strong sense of place. “We wanted a timber frame in a rural space. It represents who we are,” Larry shares.
Ty designed a modern-day farmhouse with a mountain home flair whose design style drew from a tra-dition of functionality. “A common interpretation of modern farmhouse is black windows and white siding,” the architect explains. “This home nods to its agrarian roots in a different way.”
The home is built with traditional wood-in-wood peg joinery. The main level with a master suite provides human-scaled spaciousness without exaggerating volume. The ceiling and trim work are Douglas fir finished with Watco Danish oil to highlight the wood’s purest colors. Red birch floors unite the downstairs spaces along with the upstairs hallway and one upstairs bedroom (the other two are carpeted).
The downstairs exudes the solid strength of a timber frame. Overhead, a pattern of exposed, structural, upstairs timber floor joists and beam lines resemble a type of rustic, coffered ceiling. Interior posts are embellished with diagonal knee braces that add a barn-like touch. The upstairs loft space has exposed beams with vaulted ceilings.
Outside, the post design is replicated down a walkway from the patio fulfilling Nancy and Larry’s wish for a wrap-around porch but in a more simplified format. The pillars are wrapped in the same Pennsylvania bluestone that comprises the walkway. Traditional board-and-batten siding is hemlock with a solid gray stain. The unpainted Douglas fir ceilings along the exterior patio cover and walkway carry the gray and natural wood color schematic.
Between the tight insulation and private location, there is no need for window coverings. The uncluttered simplicity of the interior lets Nancy’s antiques, like the bird’s-eye maple dining table, blanket chest TV stand and pie cupboard in the master bathroom, amplify the home’s traditional aesthetic.
“I love this home,” says Ty. “I like the scale and its connection to the past. Nancy and Larry didn’t feel the need to design a showpiece. The house is about them and their values. It’s something different and special, reflecting their quiet and peaceful approach to life.”
“We absolutely loved working with New Energy Works,” Nancy says. “Every day we say something about how happy we are here.”
Square footage: 2,000
Baths: 2 full, 1 half
Timber Provider/Designer: New Energy Works
Published at Thu, 06 May 2021 14:11:00 +0000
Article source: https://timberhomeliving.com/articles/New-York-New-Energy-Works-Home