Situated on an 11.5-acre farm a few miles outside of Philadelphia in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, the home’s design carefully balances rustic comfort and traditional formality. As the clients desired to create a country home with an implied sense of a restored or renovated barn, they were naturally drawn to the workmanship of timber framing. Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., called upon Hugh Lofting Timber Framing & High Performance Building to design the timber frame portions of the project.
The timber frame construction of the central mass of the house allows for an expansive open gathering space where the homeowners can entertain friends and family. The Douglas Fir timbers were surfaced and sanded to give a rough sawn appearance, and then finished with a low VOC stain. The timber frame combines with reclaimed wood floor to add natural warmth to the great room reminiscent of a barn. Large timber framed porches at the rear of the house provide both visual and physical links between the indoors and outdoors.
Architect: Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.
Timber Framer: Hugh Lofting Timber Framing & High Performance Building
Photographer: Tom Crane