Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Have you ever built an English Post and Beam style home?


Have you ever built an English Post and Beam style home?


Yes we have, in the hills of Creemore we built a beautiful English Post and Beam custom home for one of our wonderful clients.

The home was built more than a decade ago and still looks wonderful after all those years, a true testament to the craftsmen that we had work on the home.

The home sits on 40 acres in the hills of Creemore with a view of rolling fields and the valley that the town of Creemore is so famous for.

Some of the features of the home are a mason hand built Rumford fireplace that is finished in natural stone, it rises from the floor to the full height of the great room as it is situated in the middle of the soaring 25 foot ceilings. There is a balcony that overlooks the great room that also connects the master wing with the rest of the second floor sleeping quarters. This great room has large reclaimed hand built wood trusses that dominate the ceilings and massive North facing windows that give you a view of the hills and valleys in the area.

The home has real plaster finished walls with antique reclaimed Elm floors, stained wood trim with solid antique reclaimed wood doors and large wood windows. There are curved walls and curved plaster finishing on the back of all the stairs in the home.

The exterior of the home has barn board siding, cedar shakes on the walls and the roof and a skirting of field stone around the foundation that rises to the bottom of the windows.

The entire basement of the home is finished with Mexican tile floors and the home is heated with Geothermal in-ground heating that has 1000's of feet of loops that extend into the field underground.

The home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, all of them very large and spacious with high ceilings and grand windows to let nature and the view in. 

The master bedroom has wood beams and cathedral ceilings as do the rest of the second floor bedrooms. The bedroom is large enough to hold a king size bed, storage for the homeowners close and have a sitting area beside the large windows. The master suite also has a large master ensuite bathroom complete with a glass shower, sink, toilet and a large claw foot tub that was savaged from a and old farmer in the area and re-finished to work in the new home.

The kitchen is painted and built in a typical English style with wood butcher block counter tops and finished with a special oil that resists bacteria growth.

There is a second fireplace that is just off the kitchen in a sitting room that is a mason built Scandinavian fireplace kit that is finished in brick with a pizza oven built above the firebox to heat or cook food on. The fireplace has the ability to heat the entire home once it has been burning for a couple of hours.

There is even a hidden door on the second floor that leads to a third floor that has two eye brow windows, these windows allow the natural breeze outside air to draw the hot air out of the house acting like a natural air conditioner in the summer. This third floor is a room that the kids like to play in and spy down on the rest of the house all from below.

There is a large deck built out of cedar off the dining room that allows people to sit and take in the wonderful view of the fields and valleys.

There is an abundance of wildlife on the property; you can routinely see dear standing in the yard snacking on the grass and all manner of small wood land creatures playing under the trees.

Not far from the home is a wonderful English style garage that keeps the feel of the home with cedar shakes on the roof and rough sawn boards for siding that were cut from locally harvested trees. There is also a field stone skirt around the bottom couple of feet of the garage and one whole end of the garage is windows and doors to allow the maximum amount of light into the workshop. The roof has a large eyebrow with windows in it that matches the homes eyebrows, these windows allow natural light into the large second floor that is ideal for storage.

The home is large and spacious and is able to accommodate a large family gathering or just the owners up for a relaxing weekend in the country.

Rob Abbott
Village Builders Inc.

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