For their weekend/vacation home, this home’s owners wanted a bit of contrast — a mix of timbers and steel, or warmth and coolness, the traditional meshed with the contemporary. Wood and steel together can achieve that balance well. The blackened steel rods and saddles on the trusses connect visually with the rails of the catwalk and balcony and — further below — to the staircase.

The soaring atrium-like space is bisected longitudinally by the catwalk which overlooks the great room and the foyer and connects the two sides of the second floor. Hybridization consists of girts being supported by stud walls at the far end of the kitchen.

The timbers are Douglas fir, Select Structural, Free of heart center (FOHC), and are finished with Watco Natural Danish Oil.


Geoff Miller, Woodcrest Homes, Inc.