For years, the owners of this hybrid timber home researched floor plans on the internet, collecting architectural styles, comparing designs and determining how much space they’d need to build their dream home. But there was only one problem — they were only considering conventional stick-frame construction at the time. Their plans took a dramatic turn for the better when they discovered Honest Abe Log & Timber Homes and award-winning designer, Michael Hix.
Michael drafted the 7,800-square-foot plan, which, despite its imposing size, feels incredibly cozy. Part of that feeling can be attributed to the home’s 8-by-12-inch Douglas fir timbers fashioned into impressive king-post trusses. The warmth of the walnut-toned stain combined with the way the timbers visually lower the ceiling impart a snug sensation while remaining open and airy.
The chef’s kitchen could be a case study in how to design the most utilized room in a house. Two-toned shaker cabinetry, gourmet-grade appliances and white quartz countertops are as practical as they are beautiful. Two separate pantries store dry goods, small appliances and supplies.
But the master suite — the bathroom in particular — is the home’s showstopper. Italian marble tile, crystal chandeliers and custom cabinetry come together to make an elegant, spa-like retreat.
The basement level is a haven of fun and relaxation, currently featuring a bar, a home gym and a theater with a 120-inch screen, with space to include a wine cellar, game room and safe room down the line. Outside, a deep covered patio is protected by a heavy-timber-trussed roof and boasts a stacked-stone wood-burning fireplace. A hot tub rounds out the al fresco relaxation station, but there are plans to add an array of additional outdoor living areas.
It’s hard to imagine that a home this enchanting could get any better.
Square Footage: 7,800
Bathrooms: 3 full 3 Half
Timber Provider: Honest Abe Log & Timber Homes
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