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Log Home Living

Cover and feature in August 2011 issue

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Log Home Living

  1. 1. special outdoor living issue years lakeside getaways ■ Rustic ■ Formal ■ Mountaintop DECKS Low-cost bonus space INSIDE A Window shopping TIMBER FRAME guide How timber homes Buy for looks & are built to last energy-efficiency
  2. 2. Sweet Spot Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, a couple builds a home that drinks it all in. BY NANCY BERRY | PHOTOS BY KARL NEUMANN Architect John Hendricks designed the front portico with a dou- ble column. The column base is Montana stone. As you approach the home from the road, the views open to Lake Pend Orielle.28 TIMBER HOME LIVING • AUGUST 2011 • • AUGUST 2011 • TIMBER HOME LIVING 29
  3. 3. ABOVE: The architect is well- versed in the mountain vernacu- lar and chose local materials, IT is not often one comes across a prop- erty with unobstructed, 270-degree views of two mountain ranges, one of the larg- joy snowboarding, golfing and boating, the couple also wanted a home that was close to the action — especially their favorite ski such as Montana stone, western est lakes in the Northwest and thousands of resort. “They didn’t just want to be close to red cedar and Douglas fir, to acres of national forest. So when Tim and Kim the mountain — they wanted to see it,” says build the home. Feehan discovered a five-acre lot for sale on architect John Hendricks, who designed the a high spot in Sandpoint, Idaho, that offered home. “The main directive from the Feehans OPPOSITE: The turret wall these views, they knew they had found their was: ‘We want views — we want to see it all.’” in the great room is made of sweet spot. They set about to put a team to- Montana stone, echoing the gether to design and build a home that would Dazzling Design fireplace. Trusses hold up the do justice to the spectacular panorama vistas. The design takes in the natural beauty of purlins and the roof, which The route to finding their contractor reads the area, which includes Lake Pend Oreille, creates a stacked effect. The a bit like something out of a James Bond movie one of the largest bodies of water in the wood floors throughout the rather than requesting your typical construc- Northwest, spanning 148 square miles; the house are 3/4-inch tongue-and- tion bids. They took a seaplane to get a bird’s- Selkirk Mountain range, dense with pon- groove stained birch. eye view of homes they liked in the area, and derosa pine, Douglas fir, quaking aspen and when they found one, they landed right on paper birch; and Montana’s rugged Cabinet the lake in front of it. It was the home of Skip Mountain range. Pucci, a 60-year veteran in construction. The Feehans’ home not only needed to fit “They walked up the lawn and asked if they into its natural setting but also with the other could take a look around,” says the builder. homes in the mountain community. “We came He was hired on the spot. The couple liked up with a playful design, incorporating a tur- Pucci’s rustic timber-frame home and wanted ret, large portico and several outdoor spaces to emulate it. for the family to enjoy the warmer months,” Both avid outdoor sportspeople who en- says the architect.30 TIMBER HOME LIVING • AUGUST 2011 • • AUGUST 2011 • TIMBER HOME LIVING 31
  4. 4. LEFT: The architect designed a bridge on the upper level to connect the private spaces of the home, such as the master bedroom, study and library. For dramatic effect, he left the 6-by-10-inch rafters exposed in the turret. OPPOSITE: One of the most dramatic views is seen from the great room windows, which face southeast and offer views of Lake Pend Orielle and the Cabinet Mountains beyond. Exterior materials echo the mountain land- scape, which includes 4-inch-thick Montana stone, Douglas fir beams and western red cedar siding. “These are 2-by-14 horizontal boards cut diagonally with a 1- to 1 ½-inch butt end, which offer more angles and deep shadow lines,” the architect explains. A four-columned entry portico, as well as open porches, patios and decks abound. “The porches have broad overhangs to protect the seating areas from the summer sun when temperatures can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit,” the architect notes. Porch railing balusters are kept very thin for unobstructed views. Level-by-Level Tour The 5,600-square-foot living space is divided into three levels. The lower level offers a me- dia room with theater seating, a game room complete with bar, a wine cellar, a guest suite and two outdoor patios — one of which has a hot tub. “There is also a gas fire pit for cooler evenings,” says the architect. The main level has an entry hall and a tur- ret, which houses the spiral staircase encircled in Montana stone, a great room with a ceil- ing vaulting to 22 feet at its peak, a window wall, a fireplace built of Montana stone, a dining room that leads to a waterproof deck, a kitchen and large pantry equipped for catering to family and friends, and a guest bedroom. “We rented a horse arena during the winter to make the Douglas fir arched trusses that sup- port the roof and portico,” the builder recalls. The private spaces in the home — a mas- ter bedroom and bath, a reading room and a study — are relegated to the upper level. “These spaces are connected by a bridge that opens to the spaces below,” says the architect. “Most of the home faces southeast, but the master bedroom [which is set on a 45-de- gree angle from the rest of the house] looks toward Schweitzer Mountain to the west so the couple can wake up and immediately see32 TIMBER HOME LIVING • AUGUST 2011 • • AUGUST 2011 • TIMBER HOME LIVING 33
  5. 5. Just outside the game room is a hot tub and stone patio. The owners chose alder for the interior trim work. Home Details SQUARE FOOTAGE: 5,600 ARCHITECT: John Hendricks ABOVE: The master bedroom windows BUILDER: Skip Pucci face west and take in views of Schweitzer Garage Mountain. LEFT: A large soaking tub looks out a large Bedroom/ Office window that frames the serene views. Deck Stor. Crawl Space Master Bedroom the weather conditions at their favorite snow- Sitting Reading WIC Area Room Bedroom boarding spot.” Home Theater The Feehans like to entertain all year long and wanted outdoor spaces to accommodate WIC Entry Porch friends and family when the weather turns Bedroom warm. “There is a 2,000-square-foot stone Kitchen patio off the game room,” says the builder. WIC “And from that patio, a set of natural step- ping stones found on the property lead up Dining Laun. Wine to a private picnic. And Tim loves to golf, so Room Cellar Open to we even incorporated a putting green on the Below Great Game grounds.” With such awe-inspiring vistas, a Room Room Deck Bar luxury timber-frame retreat, ample outdoor spaces to relax and take it all in, this truly is a sweet spot. ■ UPPER LEVEL MAIN LEVEL LOWER LEVEL34 TIMBER HOME LIVING • AUGUST 2011 • Reprinted with permission from Timber Home Living August 2011. • AUGUST 2011 • TIMBER HOME LIVING 35 ©2011 Home Buyer Publications, Chantilly, Virginia, 800-826-3893.