For their weekend/vacation home, this couple wanted a bit of contrast — a mix timbers and steel, not so much fire and ice but rather warmth and coolness, the traditional meshed with the contemporary. Wood and steel can achieve that balance well. The black steel rods and saddles on the trusses connect visually with the rails of the catwalk and balcony and — further downward — 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, FOHC and are finished with Watco Natural Danish Oil.


Geoff Miller, Woodcrest Homes, Inc.