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A Post & Beam Provides Rustic Refinement

The design plan for this timber frame vacation home was not complex. It needed to be suitable for large family gatherings of the owners  children and grandchildren while fitting in with the landscape; a gorgeous site located on a back field of an old farm that sloped down to a lake.

Traditional barn designs inspired the Contectucut post and beam home, including the cupola and carriage barn trim on the garage doors.

Traditional barn designs inspired this Connecticut post and beam home, including the cupola and carriage barn trim on the garage doors.

The rap around porch provides extended summer living space and a wonderful lake view.

The wrap around porch provides extended summer living space and a wonderful lake view.

An open floor plan was a must in order to take advantage of the lake views from every room. Also necessary was open space to interact with family without a feeling of being cramped. Last, but not least, it needed to be family-friendly while maintaining an air of rustic refinement.

The family room employs 10 foot ceilings to accomidate the beautiul stone fireplace.

The family room employs 10 foot ceilings to accomodate the beautiful stone fireplace.

A series of French doors on three sides of the great room open to the wrap around porch and views of the lake.

A series of French doors on three sides of the great room open to the wrap around porch and views of the lake.

Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room area is the focal point of the open floor plan.

Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room area is the focal point of the open floor plan.

The dining room area has an open ceiling for and added sense of height and light.

The dining room area has an open ceiling for an added sense of height and light.

The loft overlooking the kitchen gives the grandchildren plenty of room to play within sight of the other generations.

The loft overlooking the kitchen gives the grandchildren plenty of room to play within sight of the other generations.

By knowing exactly what they wanted these homeowners mastered the look of casual elegance and rustic refinement while creating a space their entire family could enjoy. Cupola

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