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Best of Both Worlds in an Idaho Timber Home

For their property on Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille, Charlie and Lauren Bisbee dreamed of a home that would match its breathtaking surroundings but would also be a great place to entertain their many friends.
by Photography by Roger Wade, Styling by Debra Grahl

For their property on Idaho’s spectacular Lake Pend Oreille, Charlie and Lauren Bisbee dreamed of a home that would match its breathtaking surroundings.

With one step through the front door, friends are welcomed with the beauty of hand-hewn timbers, warm accents of stucco and stone, and a snapshot view.

With entertaining in mind, they worked with PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes to create a timber-frame home with a dramatic glass prow and soaring ceilings.

Mountain Architects, a sister company of Idaho-based PrecisionCraft, designed the home for the Bisbees and their guests. A cozy movie theater, artfully designed full bar and indoor pool complete with a waterfall make entertaining easy and fun.

With a little extra planning and careful thought, the staff of Mountain Architects drew up a design that would delight guests while also creating an environment conducive to the Bisbees’ enjoyment of the great outdoors and time spent just relaxing.

The couple loves to entertain and spends many evenings in the home's bar and theater area.


Although larger in size than a traditional cabin, Charlie and Lauren’s timber-frame home is their cabin retreat; a place where they gather with family and friends.

With an open design, the kitchen allows guests to pull up a stool and interact with the Bisbees as they prepare meals, fostering a spirit of togetherness.

The loft is a cozy reading area and a place to appreciate the home's timber framing.


When it’s time to eat, guests can take a seat in the dining area with its wrap-around views, or dine al fresco on the deck just outside the dining area’s French doors.

The great room also bids a warm welcome with its massive stone corner fireplace, comfortable seating area and panoramic lake views. Venetian-plastered walls, mocha-colored timbers and warm stucco hues add to the charming ambiance of the home’s living spaces.

When family and friends are not the focus of Lauren and Charlie’s attention, they retreat to the reading area in the loft to cozy up with a good book or simply enjoy views of the majestic lake, perfectly framed by a custom, arched-barrel truss high above the great room. In fair weather, the home’s multiple decks provide ample space for outdoor living.

Often, couples like Charlie and Lauren fall in love with a timber company because of a particular design or a company’s distinctive architectural focus. Other times, would-be homeowners are passionate about the building process, looking for a reliable path to the realization of their dream home.

Together, PrecisionCraft and Mountain Architects provided both of those services to the Bisbees. The finished product? A getaway that sets the stage for fond memories of good times spent together.

Home Plan Details:
Log Provider: PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5.5

Published in Photography by Roger Wade, styling by Debra Grahl
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  1. Jolene–We unfortunately do not have any additional images. You may contact the company that produced the home, PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes. Visit, to see if it has additional information.

    Whitney RichardsonAugust 31, 2010 @ 4:14 pmReply

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