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Principles for Dwellings

3. From design to construction—the art of making an irreplaceable house

A solid-wood home should be a place for current life, the value of which will grow over many years. In designing such a house, we keep in mind the balance between supporting necessary current activities and maintaining flexibility for future changes in lifestyle. This requires careful design of the heavy-timber structure as well as all the details that will ensure the smooth and enjoyable use of the spaces.
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Our homes are constructed in the “expression” style, in that we do not hide the heavy timber “bone” structure, but rather express and celebrate it. This creates a basic tension in that, while remodeling and renovation will be easier later, every joint must be perfectly executed; nothing will be hidden. This demands careful job-site management to ensure a beautiful, rational, and smooth interaction of the building components. To accomplish this, we not only depend on the skills of master craftspeople, but we also maintain a tight connection between the designers and the construction site.
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It is not uncommon that our design staff will be in constant attendance at the job site during all phases of construction. In this way, we have gained both a valuable store of technical knowledge and a tight-knit regional network of craftspeople with whom we closely collaborate.

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