The local topography of loess soil created a peninsula of a bluff for this house near Omaha. The land is a classic oak savanna and no trees were lost in situating the house. The volume of this timber frame structure was carved out to create a porch, ballooned up to two stories for a music room, and includes a family-dining room in its heart.
This Prairie Style timber frame house sits on the shore of an abandoned granite quarry. The Prairie School architects did not use timber framing. But Frank Lloyd Wright liked all things Japanese. This timber frame looks to Japan for inspiration. There are three “bent” timbers, one on each side of the great room, as well as one over the master bed. The main floor of the house is a radiant slate tile floor that, at certain times, is the same color as the lake.
This house is a summer nest for artistic snowbirds. The couple are cousins and grew up in the neighborhood. They harvested trees from their own property to build this timber house. Seven species of timbers are used through the house to in order to maximize their potential. The spiral growing iron wood post became the central post of the spiral stairs.