Mission Ridge cliffside home with tower
Every time these clients sent me new photos of their custom home under construction on the Shenandoah I gave myself a mental high-five. I designed this home based on two pictures of timber-framed homes they liked, plus a very conceptual floor plan sketch they'd done just to figure out which rooms were adjacent to each other. It's come together beautifully and I will be adding more "after" photos after I see it for myself, all furnished and decorated. Rustic elegance.
"During" photos, spanning a year of construction
To enjoy the river view, the rear of the home will feature lots of glass at the Great Room; a large deck (not yet shown); French doors at the walkout basement; rear facing bay windows in the basement guest room, dining banquette, and master bedroom; and a balcony at the third floor tower.
Check out these timber brackets, assembled by the builder in his shop per structural engineer Alicia McCormick's specifications to me. Detailed drawings of these brackets and their connections to the wall were critical.
Timber-framed homes are expensive, but these clients wanted to duplicate this look on a budget. I designed these timber accents for a few of the house gables. Michael Taylor built them in his shop, along with those load-bearing brackets you saw on the tower, for the balcony. Here are their halves, ready for hanging.
Panoramic photo taken from the catwalk. You can see decorative niches framed into the solid wall to your left, and curved windows in the wall to your right. The niches are mirror images of the windows opposite.