Timber Frame Home Case Studies

Great Lake Homestead

A legacy project for Ross and Anne Marie located on the high banks of Lake Erie, the latest installment - the main house - shares the views with a whimsical timber framed guest house, carriage house, and gazebo. The house includes an open three story stair tower with a central peeled timber mast, custom steel spinner-head bolts anchoring each post, and walnut inlay sheer keys in the reclaimed Douglas fir beams. NEWwoodworks crafted the multi-level staircase from a clean grade of Douglas fir with hand carved inlayed walnut.

The timber frame guest house has a spacious exercise room on the lower level and all the living amenities one could want on the second level - including a balcony porch. Connecting the lower level and second level is a walnut staircase formed with live edge walnut treads and hand forged steel railing. An angular kitchen follows the layout of the interior walls in an organic and natural flow. Crafted from Claro walnut, the cabinetry features live edge rails and matches the window seat, built-in cabinetry, vanities, and interior doors all made by NEWwoodworks.

Vehicles and maintenance equipment have abundant room in the carriage house. Details such as hand-crafted western red cedar barn doors with strap hinges and reclaimed wagon-wheels-turned-chandeliers make this a personalized and practical space.

"Working with the staff of New Energy Works and their sister company NEWwoodworks has been delightful. It amazes me that there are so many competent people at every level of these organizations. Collaborating with talented people enabled us to construct a quality home that has truly exceeded our expectations." - Ross & Anne Marie


Location: Lake Erie, New York
Architect: Charles Gordon Architecture & New Energy Works
Size: Main house: 4,000 sq :: Guest house: 2,500 sq ft :: Carriage house: 1,200 sq ft