It’s hard to imagine a nearly 10,000-square-foot home blending in with its surroundings, but that’s exactly what Marco and Debbie Paolella achieved with the timber-frame home they built in Langley, British Columbia. Not only does the natural look of timber framing complement the century-old barn structures already on the 100-acre property, but Marco also painstakingly sited the home on flat terrain—using a scale model and a flashlight to study where the sun would hit and marking out the actual layout with field-lining paint to determine its livability for the couple and their three sons. As a result, it appears to grow out of the landscape and takes advantage of the surrounding pastoral views.
Such a seamless design may also be due, in part, to the use of local materials
, wherever possible, to build the home. The frame predominantly comprises Douglas fir and western larch timbers salvaged from a 100-year-old grain elevator in Alberta, with much of the wood’s character intact, while other materials, such as the cedar roof shingles, board-and-batten siding and the masonry granite, were acquired from nearby sources.
More important, though, were the connections made during construction
. The Paolellas lived on the property in a 1,000-square-foot farmhouse they had restored, allowing their day-to-day involvement. Marco, who owns a commercial construction company, was very hands-on, even helping to raise the timber frame with the Hamill Creek Timber Homes team and his own crew. Now that it’s complete, the six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath house frequently welcomes guests, including Hamill Creek owner Dwight Smith—proving true collaboration can bring about more than just a beautiful home.
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The Paolellas asked their architect for an open, family-oriented plan. Here, wall and ceiling openings create the airy feeling desired. The stairs lead to the basement recreation and media rooms.