The complexity of the timber frame required involvement and input from the owners, the designers and the timber frame company. “Making sure the frame worked for the space and blended well with the interior materials does present some challenges, but it turned out really well,” says Gabriel Monterrubio of Texas Timber Frames.
To accommodate the owners’ large extended family, the design team created a sizable kitchen with plenty of counter seating and an oversized island. The countertops are Comet granite, and the coordinating ceramic floors are both stylish and durable.
The homeowners love that their house is positioned on a piece of property with no neighbors in sight. From their comfortable octagonal timber-framed sunroom, they enjoy expansive views of nothing but the wide-open Texas landscape.
Outdoor areas like the covered pavilion are important for visitors to havevarying spaces of the home to enjoy. A
horse barn located on the property was also customized with timber accents, all by Texas Timber Frames.
While the interiorframe consists of rugged oak timbers, Douglas fir accents were incorporated on the exterior of the house. Multiple porches around the home’s perimeter provide plenty of space for outdoor relaxation and entertainment. The structural frame covering the back veranda was chosen to protect furniture and electronics, including a TV.
“These homeowners definitely wanted a house that was more ornate than we normally see,” says Gabriel Monterrubio, director of sales and senior project coordinator at Texas Timber Frames in Boerne, Texas. “Where you often see a simple frame, these folks went for a hammer truss design, which is a little more elaborate and decorative.”
Creating the complicated frame that is showcased throughout most of the 8,606-square-foot home required a fair amount of coordination between the team at Texas Timber Frames, designer Michael Hyden of Hyden Design Group and interior designer, Kathy Scholl. “Michael came up with a preliminary design of the house and knew the owners wanted to include a timber frame, so he came to us for advice,” says Gabriel. “We went back and forth with his design team to incorporate the frame into the final design.”
That intricate oak timber frame (chosen for its rustic look and detail that the homeowners love) became the star of the one-level, ranch-style home. “If you have the land to spread out over one level, it’s a smart choice for maintaining a stable indoor temperature,” Michael explains. “Also, in this particular situation, it worked well because they wanted all of the sleeping spaces on the same wing of the house. Everyone has their privacy, but the bedrooms are all clustered together, while the living spaces take up the rest of the plan.”
The size of the home matches the size of the site, located on the plains of south Texas. “The homeowners love that their home is positioned on a property with no neighbors in view,” says Michael. “They’re enjoying every square foot of their land — and their home.”
TIMBER FRAME DETAILS:
Square footage: 8,606
Designer: Hyden Design Group
Interior designer: Scholl Designs
Timber Provider: Texas Timber Frame