The Solution: Harmonize Old and New into a Uniquely Cohesive Style
Bringing the milled-timber exterior indoors as a design feature
Gary Nance’s inspired design not only unified multiple renovations occurring over decades but also ingeniously wrapped the exterior walls into the interior space to preserve them and give them prominence as part of home’s charm.
With the extra lots on either side of the home to provide a buffer, we built a porticoed, three-car garage on one side and converted the existing garage on the opposite side into the home’s master suite and two-bedroom guest suite with its own bath. Then we pushed the front of the house outward, creating a new entryway and bringing the old timber walls into the living space.
Although we wanted to preserve the weathered, rustic appearance of the old timbers, we brightened the chinking between timbers to add a clean, fresh appeal. Coupled with the wide staircase with its white-painted turned railings, the effect is one of warmth and timeworn sturdiness.
Crafting a fireplace to look 80 years old (with a hidden pocket door)
Behind the new garage and off the new entryway, we built a grand, lodge-like great room and tucked a wet bar to one side, with a beer cooler, built-in wine racks, and a small island for sitting and sipping drinks.
The great room’s focal point, however, is a towering fieldstone fireplace. Crafted in a style that echoes the home’s historical origins, this full-masonry fireplace adds a relaxed but commanding presence to the room. It also presented an engineering challenge for us: installing a TV that could be hidden away when not in use.
In order to prevent the television from looking “stuck on” to the masonry, we constructed a shallow stone surround for it and ensconced it in a decorative frame using the same wood we used for the small mantlepiece. We then engineered and crafted pocket doors that fold back into the masonry — no small feat here, with no margin for error. The result is both beautiful and functional.