Post & Beam House with Lake Views

This house was carefully planned and designed to fit the site and to meet the setback requirements of the town and the state’s strict Shoreland Protection Act.  Samyn-D’Elia Architects met with the clients several times to develop a program for the home.  Theclients wanted a design where the lake and sky views were the focus in the house and a very easy open layout that highlights the dramatic site.  This house is designed for easy fun living that has many varied intimate spaces, yet is great for entertaining.  It was also important that the house be built to earn an Energy Star certification.  Using foam insulation (SIPS panels), energy efficient windows, Energy Star appliances, and efficient mechanical systems are part of the design and are smart investments to make.

As part of the design process, both interior and exterior 3D models are developed to assist the clients in visually seeing and “walking” through the rooms and all perspectives of the exterior.  These are a few of the exterior models that were made.

 

After the foundation was in, the timber frame, from Timberpeg, was delivered and the start of the frame construction began.

 

 

 

 

Fast Forward!! The crew  has been working hard throughout the winter months and the house is taking shape.

 

 

 

 

 

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Red cedar shingle have been installed over a rain screen that assists the shingles in drying out after a hard rain.  The house is insulated with SIPS panels that are taped against any air filtration.

 

 

 

The post and beam framing details are carried outside the house  giving it a classic Arts and Crafts style.

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The timber framing in this photo show the Douglas Fir beams that support the roof.  These beams will remain exposed when the room is finished.

 

 

 

 

The fireplace promises many cozy hours on cold days and nights.

 

Although the fireplace will provide the ambiance of warmth with the fire burning inside, the heating from the radiant heated floor  will be the dependable, consistent warmth that is felt throughout the space (note the grooves for the tubes to be installed later).  Radiant heat uses water that is lower in temperature than traditional hot water (hydronic) heat and can be more economical, as well as offering great warnth to feet and overall as it rises.

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