But while the atmosphere at this particular lakeside home could be defined as low-key, its appearance is anything but. “The intricate, heavy-timber style is definitely something we see more of in the West,” says Jeff Bowes, president and owner of Canadian Timberframes. “It’s big, bold, exciting — it definitely turns heads.”
Along the lakefront, Jeff and his team incorporated a two-level covered deck with plenty of space for spreading out and spending time with family and friends. There’s also a spacious screened-in porch (a smart solution during the buggy spring and summer months), a large firepit in the back yard, a regulation-size beach volleyball court and a covered, timber-framed boat port down by the water — and that’s all before you even step inside the home’s 6,900 square feet of living space.
“More and more, we’re seeing urban professionals building recreational properties, and these homes are an extension of who they are and how they live their lives,” Jeff explains. “They might be weekend homes now, but eventually they’ll be spending more time there, so it needs to feel right and work for the way they live now and in the future.”
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Given the location of property, the outdoor areas were equally important as the interior and added even more living space.
The main section of the home, from front to back, is all full timber frame. “It’s more of a hybrid situation in the wings, where we’ve introduced some of the timber work with structural wall systems,” explains Jeff.
A cool gray-blue hue and a sleek, clean design on the cabinet doors lend a highly modern counterpoint to the ruggedly natural beams overhead and rich hardwood floors beneath.
From the kitchen, the owners have a clear line of sight through the dining area, landing on the central fireplace.
“After looking at samples and figuring out what our client liked and didn’t like, we ultimately went with a hybrid mix, featuring structural timbers in the special areas and stick-built construction in the bedrooms,” Jeff explains.
The combination of rustic and modern touches throughout the home give the structure a unique and personal touch.
Other material decisions include vaulted tongue-and-groove ceilings, dark-stained timbers (found on both the interior and exterior of the home) and lots of structural steel plates and cables, an element that allows for larger expanses and more flexibility with the timbers.
The home has a modern, contemporary feel.