Reclaimed Timber Frame Home By New Energy Works Featured in Timber Home Living Magazine

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As part of the ‘Welcome Home Series’ by Timber Home Living Magazine, the Olsen family’s design/build process with New Energy Works Timberframers is being featured throughout four issues.

Timber Home Living Magazine will be documenting each step in the design/build process for the Olsen family’s reclaimed Douglas fir timber frame home in Austerlitz, NY.

The New Energy Works homes just jived with the philosophy that my wife and I have for what we want to build.

Timber Home Living Magazine is documenting each step in the design/build process for the Olsen family’s reclaimed Douglas fir timber frame home in Austerlitz, NY. Online and print articles will cover the home’s journey from architectural planning, to the frame raising, to enclosure, to completion.

Greg and Dee Olsen turned to New Energy Works, after following the timber framing company for years in Timber Home Living Magazine, to design and build their dream vacation home on land they fell in love with over 10 years ago. Ty Allen, head of the design group on the East Coast, worked with the Olsen’s vision to design a clean and environmentally-friendly house sensitive to the family’s needs and the build site.

“When we first met, I sat with Greg on the site and we talked about how the house might be laid out,” said Allen. “The extraordinary views to the south and to the east dictated that the house needed to look in both of the directions. The main living areas are positioned in the southeast corner of the house, with the kitchen and dining rooms both looking through that space to the east and to the south, taking in the nearby mountain views.”

Part One of the Olsen’s journey, “From Dream to Design,” detailing the design phase is featured in the September/October issue of Timber Home Living on sale through early October.

“The New Energy Works homes just jived with the philosophy that my wife and I have for what we want to build,” Greg Olsen explained in Timber Home Living. “Their homes always seem to have such a good feel for the land and the space, and they’re never over-the-top or too rustic or too modern. It’s right in that sweet spot of a perfect balance,” continued Olsen.

As progress continues, Part Two, “Laying the Groundwork,” documents the groundbreaking and timber frame raising in the December issue of Timber Home Living, on sale in October 2014. The December issue will also include a free 2015 calendar featuring photos and stories of New Energy Works timber frame projects.

“The raising is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I recall standing there watching them slowly lift the main living room roof truss into place and when it set into its position it’s like the angels started to song,” remarked Greg Olsen on the home’s timber frame raising.

Part Three focusing on the build/enclosure will be in the April 2015 issue, followed by the final installment in the Summer of 2015. TimberHomeLiving.com will carry bonus photos and videos, and New Energy Works will continue to post updates on the Olsen project through their postcard of the day.

New Energy Works Timberframers have been designing and building environmentally responsible timber frames across the USA for nearly 30 years from their facilities in New York and Oregon. Offerings include: Timber Framing (design, engineering, manufacturing, build), Enclosure Systems, Fine Woodworking, Recycled and Sustainable wood products. New Energy Works has two LEED AP staff members, is a member of the US Green Building Council and is FSC Certified.

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