Lakeside Post and Beam House

The clients came to NH Lakes Region, Samyn-D’Elia Architects, with a vision for a home that would take advantage of the lake views, as well as help with resolving drainage issues that had developed over the years.    As with all projects, they met with the architect to develop a space program to determine the types and sizes of rooms required, then after few meetings, the schematic plans were revised and developed into final plans.    Samyn-D’Elia Architects assisted them with obtaining the necessary state and local permits, in choosing a builder and in bringing on board a land planner to redesign the driveway for better drainage as well as to prepare a landscape plan.

The contractor, Twin Oaks Construction, was chosen and construction began.   The foundation was poured and this picture shows the masons facing the foundation with a real stone facade.

The Timberpeg frame package was delivered and now the house is beginning to take shape.  Since this is a timber frame, also known as post and beam home,  the beams we see in this photograph will show on the inside of the house.

Here, the beam structure is being wrapped with tongue and groove boards.  When this is done,  the outside layers are applied.

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The roof  from the outside and a bird’s eye view of Newfound Lake.

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The SIPs (Structural Insulating Panels) panels are being installed.  These panels are made like a sandwich, with the XPS (extruded polystyrene) insulation inside OSB panels.  This insulation recommended for Energy Star and LEED certification.

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Being a Timberpeg home adds the advantage that all the window and door openings are cut in the Timberpeg factory before being delivered to the site, saving a lot of time in the field, and saving money in construction costs.

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The siding is now being installed.  Rainscreening material is always specified to be used behind cedar clapboards and  shakes to allow whatever water or water vapor to drain and dissipate,  keeping the cedar dry and ensuring the long life of the exterior siding.

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The windows are in and the house is beginning to look like the rendering!

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Summer is fast approaching and the house is almost completed.  The “hardscape” has been started with the landscape planting to follow.  The landscape design was done by Pollack Land Planning in Bedford, NH.

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The Great Room Fireplace with  nook for storing wood and space beside it for the media center.

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The Great Room will also have a wood burning stove under the balcony.  The warmth of the fire compliments the warmth of the timbers and paneling.

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The kitchen is open to the dining area, while the window over the sink provides views of the lake.

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A well appointed pantry like this one is a necessity for anyone who loves to cook.

More photos to come as construction continues.

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