Set on idyllic Shaw Island, snuggled among the trees, this finely detailed timber frame home really captures the imagination. As with many Pacific Northwest contemporary homes, it masterfully blends a clean, simple, even minimalist aesthetic with warmth from the naturally finished wood throughout.

Even the home’s traditional timber-frame-style skeleton and Douglas Fir tongue-and-groove ceilings give a nod to modern times by using glue-laminated posts and beams.

As owner-builders, the homeowners chose our knowledgeable and experienced team of craftspeople to help them build their dream home. The timber frame raising and subsequent building shell construction was great fun. Nearing the end of the project, there was even more excitement in our shop as we set up the jigs to put together the solid maple stairs.

The home finished out beautifully and, with its intentional use of glass walls, provides a comfortable space that feels like you are perched on a branch in the forest.

Builder: Bellingham Bay Builders

Architect: Brad Cameron, Level Design

Photographer: C9 Photography

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