Wisconsin - Logs and stone have enjoyed centuries of synonymous construction for homes and cabins. Among other qualities, it is the timeless enduring beauty of real stone and strength of heavy timber that define such a harmonious combination. Construction for this project utilized both structural frame and hybrid system elements. All joinery was traditional wood-pegged mortise and tenon. Natural materials were mixed in all areas. Exterior features include both hand-split cedar and natural bark shingles for siding, along with an extensive wainscot of natural thin veneer stone. The owners toured dealer showrooms and NSVI facilities before choosing what has become an immensely popular blend of thin veneer products, "Palmer" - 70%, from their Tuscan Collection, and "Aspen" - 30% from their Fieldstone Collection. The sandstone's texture and natural hues of salmon, beige, and taupe are inviting and warm, helping to take any chill out of the air. The mason, Jim Degan from Degan's Masonry maintained those same proportions in each architectural element that used stone, such as the near dozen trapezoidal columns and a colossal two-story outdoor fireplace, a magnificent focal point in an expansive, covered entertainment area where everyone likes to congregate during the cool Wisconsin evenings. The same hybrid design approach continues to the interior, with timber-frame construction, and a cozy floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the corner.
Strongwood Log & Timber Homes, Architect thad Marcom