This Is Not Your Typical Timber-Frame Home

A lakeside retreat boasts expressive gables with geometric sight lines and sophisticated details at every turn.

Upon first glance, this lakeside home may look like any other impressive timber frame on a gorgeous site, but upon closer inspection, this home is all about the details. From its expressive gables to its branch-inspired trellises and geometric sight lines, there is a surprise around every corner.

For their brand new lake retreat, these homeowners were inspired by the property’s existing boathouse and called upon its original design-build team to create a main house with the same level of detail.

Inspiration: the boathouse

Angular timbers, exterior shingles, and authentic features like hand-forged hold-downs (above) served as the muse for the homeowner’s main abode.

The new main-house design

The architect, builder, and timber-framer joined forces to create this final result: an expressive home that pays homage to the lake with its visual interest and incredible views. Exterior materials include a thoughtful mix of Douglas fir timbers, red-cedar shingles, and natural stone. The main house (left) is situated with its rear exterior facing the water; the separate structure (right) boasts plenty of garage space as well as extra living quarters. Intricate outdoor trellises connect the two buildings.

The trellis walkway features layered bracing with various curves, angles, and embellishments—a theme that is sprinkled throughout the home.

A fresh take on interior trusses grace the great room, with double scissor chords tapering toward the columns.

Curved bracing enhances a hallway to the great room, and horizontal beams add an extra level of dimension.

As you look straight through the portal frames of the hallway, you can experience a vantage point that aligns directly with the great room’s timber columns and bracing.

The trellis theme continues out to the home’s lap pool and tennis court.

The lake-facing side of the home features walls of glass beneath intricately layered gables. A large screen-in porch (right) is set back behind the gable, adding an extra sense of depth and dimension.

Double-braced timbers taper and curve, supporting the roof overhang and pulling the entire vision together—one of craftsmanship and thoughtful design at every turn, without upstaging breathtaking views of the water beyond.


ARCHITECTURE Leif Kallquist, Homes King Kallquist & Associates CONSTRUCTION Kevin Rich Construction TIMBER FRAME New Energy Works

Eric Fraser is Division Manager at New Energy Works, a company that designs and builds timber-frame homes using kiln dried and reclaimed timbers, environmentally responsible practices, and state-of-the-art technology. Contact them 800.486.0661.

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