Normally, Tamlin’s prefabricated house packages are custom built as they are ordered. Because each package is customizable and must be engineered to meet the building code for the area it is going too it is not practical to manufacture beforehand. However, occasionally we will experiment with different materials and manufacture part of a package ahead of time. In the case of this version of the Horne Lake we chose to use up some Douglas fir logs that we had in stock and do a round log entry porch and interior ridge beam mixing this with the timber frame for a truly unique look for this version of this popular plan.
Our client in Washington State felt this plan would be perfect for where he was building and go nicely with the surrounding area. With this home we had to take into consideration the wildfire requirements of the area and the home’s siding is cement board with cement board soffits as well, rather than our Western Red Cedar siding and Douglas Fir soffits.
Combining the different woods on the inside and doing a darker laminate flooring give this home a beautiful rustic look. The ceilings are 1×6 Douglas Fir v-joint and the stairs are Tamlin’s open riser timber stairs. We love that the owner chose to do the walls in a blue stain pine that he sourced locally.
Blue stain pine/beetle kill pine is environmentally friendly as harvesting it gets dead trees out of the woods so healthy trees can flourish. The blue stain is a by-product of the pine fungus and pine beetle that feeds on it. What consumers get is strong and beautiful piece of blue pine lumber that is streaked with a natural blue-grey stain. The beetles do not weaken or contaminate the wood and the fungus is burnt away during the kiln drying process leaving a unique colouring for this affordable eco- friendly product. As you can see by the photo the blue stain pine adds a lot of character to this home.
Stay tuned to our gallery for finished photos of this unique version of our Horne Lake plan.