Timber Frame Home In The Country

About This Home Makeover

I loved being a part of the Timber Frame Home project. They were such a great family in so many ways. They had a dream of a home in the country that reminded them of a special place they visit as a family as often as they can, their cabin in Northern Wisconsin. They wanted a place where family was the center of everything they do, where they had room to grow, the dogs could run, and a place they could spread out and explore. Aesthetically, It all started with the idea that this family enjoyed the outdoors so much, that they wanted those elements a part of their home. Rich rough sawn cedar beams give this house its name and structure to the grand entrance of the front porch. It contrasts beautifully against the dry stacked Moose Mountain Ledgestone. The smokey grey, brown and tan tones of this gorgeous stone came directly from a mountaintop rock formation located in Northwest Montana. These two elements set the tone for the rest of the house.

I joined this family and their construction team and architects well before ground breaking had even begun. As a team, we finalized construction plans, located the position the house would set on the site, selected materials, colors, and finishes for the exterior, and even plotted location for the driveway. All interior selections were made by myself and the family.

Upon your walk up the porch steps, the oversized western red cedar door with iron detailing welcomes you. Once inside, the vaulted cedar plank ceiling with solid cedar beam trusses create a stunning warm and cozy canopy to the Foyer, Great Room, and the second floor catwalk hallway. For their active and pet filled life style, tumbled travertine floor tile leads you through the living spaces and continues to add natural texture and color variation.

The 30’ high moose mountain stone fireplace in the Great Room creates the perfect focal point and gathering spot for cozy wood burning fires. We finished it off with a reclaimed hand hewn beam for the mantle. The two story high windows facing the backyard have an incredible view of the property and farmland that circles the house, a perfect place for wildlife watching.

The kitchen comes second to being the heart of the home and needed an open feel that centralized around the large island where mom could prep meals, the kids could do homework, and casual dinners could be enjoyed. The custom knotty alder cabinetry provides plenty of storage with function in mind. The beautiful Moose Mountain stone makes another appearance on what coined the name “The Stove Cave”. A special feature all in itself that brought balance to the large space and framed the double cooktop range.

I joined this family and their construction team and architects well before ground breaking had even begun. As a team, we finalized construction plans, located the position the house would set on the site, selected materials, colors, and finishes for the exterior, and even plotted location for the driveway. All interior selections were made by myself and the family.

The dining room is highlighted with custom barn doors, a live-edge elm top dining table, copper accents, and a barn wood covered wall with an electric fireplace to keep you warm.

The workhorse area of the house starts with a porcelain faux wood plank tile floor letting the mudroom and laundry area be ultra durable and easy to maintain. Each family member has their own locker in the Mudroom to store their coats and boots in for easy organization. The Laundry Room features warm gray stained cabinetry with a sliced pebble backsplash and a full sized farmhouse sink.

The Master Suite is a special retreat all in its own. With a private office where hunting trophies are displayed, a gas burning fireplace, and gorgeous wide plank African Celtis hardwood floors. The master bathroom is home to a bubble massage soaking tub, a double-sided fireplace, and a walk in shower. We continued the earth tones into this space with beautiful slate and glass mosaic accent tiles on either side of the fireplace and finished it all off with a chandelier that was perfectly rustic meets chic.

The Master Bedroom I would say has one of the most special views of the entire property, the family’s four horses grazing in the pasture. We kept the Master bedroom simple and classic for a place that truly brings you rest and relaxation. Where better to have another amazing ceiling to gaze at, than the bedroom? The stunning plank ceiling and beam trusses are equally as beautiful as the 14’ high stone fireplace. The complete second floor is home to their four boys. Each with customized bedrooms and bathrooms, and their very own mini laundry room to help with their chores.

This home has become very special to me and I can only imagine how special it is for this family’s dream to come true. I was honored to be a part of such an important part of their lives and I hope it is a true retreat for this beautiful family for many years to come.

Construction and Architectural Design by Bukacek Construction Inc. and Stelling & Associates Architects

Photos and Video By Jason Jahnke jasonjohnjahnke.com