The Tea Garden Project is a wonderful example of our capabilities, we designed this using our 3D Object Modelling software and the artistic abilities of the owner. The design is essentially handcrafted log Post and Beam with handcrafted walls in the living areas, and engineered log walls in the bedroom wing. The home also showcases four handcrafted trusses, and our version of the Ents from Lord of the Rings!
The Farago IV Project is another stunning custom designed home which features a combination of timber framing inside, and handcrafted log features externally. It also has some amazing stonework both on the outside and for the fireplaces inside. This home was designed by Sydney architect Nordon Jago who was a wonderful architect to work with. Needless to say, he was impressed with the final result, something completely different than he would normally be used too...designer log homes.
The Todd Chalet is our flagship Handcrafted log home. This is a generous two bedroom (easily converted to three bedrooms) with soaring cathedral ceilings over the lounge room and dining areas opening onto a stunning entertaining deck. In true chalet style, the home contains a spacious loft bedroom with ensuite, walk in robe and private balcony.
This is a wonderful Architect designed home. by David Epstein, which we supplied a rather tricky kit for to Michelago. The system used a true pole hole system with our Engineered logs tenoned into the posts. It goes to show you that where there is a will there is a way, although my draftsman almost resigned over the process to design the kit. David kindly emailed me some photos to show off the final product, and it is a stunner of a house, especially with a magnificent view of the river through the house.
The Todd Chalet II is our engineered log version of the Todd Chalet. This is a generous three bedroom with soaring cathedral ceilings over the lounge room and dining areas opening onto a stunning entertaining deck. The master bedroom opens onto a covered verandah on the lower floor, and the two upper bedrooms share the loft and a bathroom. This design is so popular that there are quite a few different versions of it around. Everyone loves the prow...first appearing in our Caribou designs.
The Todd Chalet IV is a modification of the Todd Chalet II and a classic example of mixing concepts from our different designs to achieve a custom designed home to suit the land. The main difference from the Todd Chalet II is that the front door has a Cassiar Rock style entry porch, the prow has a Cassiar Peak style upper deck, the open area over the dining area has the loft extended right to the prow to create a huge second story loft perfect for a study and informal lounge, and the laundry has been expanded to create a workspace for tuning skis (or any other hobby you might have).
Dargan Springs Mountain Lodge is a resort in the Blue Mountains which provides a healthy retreat for the busy business people for up to 16 guests. This is a wonderful example of a Caribou style home converted into an 8 bedroom home. Built on a thermally efficient Timbercrete ground floor, with extensive decks and a cosy loft this building could easily be converted into a large family home. Features in this building are prows on both sides of the building, and a tree removed from the site as a feature post in the living room. We won the Lithgow Council Best Commercial Design Building Award 2003 for this one.
The Rivkin home is a massive handcrafted custom design project completed in December 1998. Although just a three bedrooom home, the verandahs are extensive, and there is a competition style Billiard Room, a lounge room, a dining room and a family room. Scale is hard to judge, but have a look at the cigar store indian who is 6 foot tall. The log work on this magnificent home is extraordinary, highlighting the stone fireplace, and surrounded by expansive handcrafted verandahs overlooking the Hawkesbury River.
The Greenvale project was an incredible post and beam construction in Victoria. The house is 11 meters tall with "trees" supporting the roof system. There is a handcrafted staircase complete with log bridge, and handcrafted handrails throughout. This was a mammoth project, and we only constructed the log work and do not have finished photos.
Chilliwack Lodge is a spacious four bedroom version of the Todd Chalet in chink style handcrafted logs. It has the same soaring cathedral ceilings, handcrafted staircase, master bedroom upstairs opening onto the loft TV room. The chink style logs are a more economical way of building a handcrafted home.
The Abbey is our inaugural timber frame home, a bit different than our other log homes. It is a spacious beautifully crafted house with true cathedral (you would swear you were in church) hammer beam truss in the living room, a master bedroom with a private loft study, a massive loft bedroom looking out over the living room, a formal dining room (or guest room if you prefer), and two other bedrooms. Very deceptive and ordinary looking from the outside, but a timber lovers delight inside.
Appalachian Log Homes was the Platinum Sponsor for the brand new Tourist Information Centre built in the Panthers Carpark. The project was sponsored by a collection of excellent Penrith area businesses and a lot of hard work by the Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation who are a terrific support for local businesses. The building is an excellent display of our Post and Beam style construction, and since it is a public building, we can use it as a second display home! The design can be modified easily to ia standard three bedroom home with a wonderful covered verandah.
A custom design Post and Beam living room attached to a three storey combination of bricks and engineered log home makes an interesting feature on this house. We have used engineered log panel infills on this house, which was designed by an Austrian couple in Leura, NSW. It has 360 degree views of the Blue Mountains, with a view of the Three Sisters from the lounge room.
The Chilcotin is a wonderful family home, constructed on a full basement which houses two extra bedrooms (good place to put the teenager) a rumpus room, a home theatre room, office, bathroom and laundry. This leaves lots of room upstairs for the classic greatroom, dining area, huge kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite and walk in robe, a second bedroom, bathroom and still enough room for a formal entry. The decks provide additional entertaining space, and they are extensive.
The Caribou is one of our favorite prow designs, seen in our advertisements in magazines. We have built over 10 different variations of this design, but the standard Caribou is an excellent family home with the master bedroom in one wing and the other bedrooms in the other wing. It has 147m2 of living space and 22m2 of deck space. The open prow living room is stunning.
The Cassiar Peak II was our first show home. It is a comfortable three bedroom, deceptive in size, and has two living areas. We have built many variations of this design, including ensuites upstairs, increasing and decreasing the size, side extensions etc. The combinations are endless. This home is 130 m2 of living space and 23 m2 of deck area with no space lost to hallways.
The Cassiar Rock is our oldest design, and still very popular with its open plan living and great entertaining decks. This house suits a block of land with views to the rear, and incorporates 130 m2 of living space and 23 m2 of deck area, not to mention the cute porch. Endless variations are available, and the price includes two security leadlights to the cathedral windows seen here.
The Kelowna is an extended version of the Cassiar style home, with a large extension to one side. This house can have various combinations, from two to five bedrooms, but this particular version has three bedrooms and a wide open living space. The master bedroom has its own private living room and bathroom and takes up the entire upper floor.
The Kelowna II is a variation on the Kelowna and has a large extension to one side for the kitchen and main living area, a small extension to the rear to accommodate the laundry, and a double carport. This version is five bedrooms (or four and a study if you prefer), two living areas and a formal dining area. For the larger family with spacious decks to the front and side.
The Penticton is a clever combination of the Cassiar Rock and the Cassiar Peak, incorporating four bedrooms and an upstairs ensuite in the same living and deck space as the Cassiar series. It combines the features of both designs into one, creating an inviting home for a family. The living space is 130 m2 and the deck space is 23 m2.
The Lilloet is single storey ranch style home perfect for retirement. It has a den, living room, dining room, formal entry and three bedrooms not to mention a fantastic verandah across the back for outdoor living. The formal entrance is covered with a porch, and there is a garage option alongside the house. The living space is 170 m2, the decks and verandahs total a whopping 56m2 and the garage adds a further 36m2 totaling 260m2 of home.
The Masset is a favourite retirement home, usually with two bedrooms, but the loft bedroom is easily divided into two to make it a three bedroom home. The loft bedroom is irresistable, and although usually intended for guests, tends to become the master bedroom in spite of the stairs! The living space is 110 m2 and verandahs and decks provide an additional 28 m2.
The Mistaya is an elegant single story home that defies description, it has vaulted ceilings throughout and a variety of quite distinctly different spaces. A true country home excellent for entertaining. The Mistaya has 161 m2 of living space, designed to fully utilise every square metre, and 40 m2 of verandah and deck. This one has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
The Cassiar Cabin was designed to provide holiday accommodation, with plenty of sleeping areas, and cosy living spaces. Again, we have two separate living areas, an eating nook featuring a bay window, and a large office which doubles as a master bedroom. Compact and full of character, composed of 117 m2 living space and 27 m2 deck space.
The Babine Chalet has now evolved from its start as our handcrafted display home into many variations on the theme. It could be called a mini-Todd Chalet in reality. The display home has a loft ladder, which many people are not too keen on, but this has been converted into staircases in several of the designs. This is a great two bedroom and loft design, or full three bedroom, which seems to fit many peoples budget with a touch of the prow design so popular with our homes.
The Cabin is an extraordinarily cosy space, which probably has to be seen to be really appreciated. Everyone who visits this cabin falls in love with it, and there are quite a few of our cabins being built around the Blue Mountains. It is ideal for guest accommodation in the backyard, or as resort accommodation on a property, or even for a weekend retreat on a property. It has 30m2 of living space and 7.2 m2 of deck area, and a queen size futon fits in the loft. A great place to get away to, even if it is just your backyard.
The Chilliwack is a great little single story 3 bedroom, with vaulted ceilings to give a feeling of space. It has a large living area with the third bedroom suitable as a sitting room, study or office. It has a total of 97.3m2 living space and 3m2 of entry deck. The photos show a variation of the Chilliwack, in which the plan was altered to provide for a large entertaining deck.
The Kootenay II is a favourite retirement home or weekender. It has one generous size bedroom, and a large loft area that can be used as a master bedroom or for open plan sleeping quarters. It has a very cosy atmosphere, and a fantastic verandah to watch the world go by from. This design has 85 m2 of living space and 26 m2 of deck and verandah space.
There are several custom designs or modifications of our standard plans available. This page shows two single story ranch style homes, a Chinook studio and an architect designed split level pole home, a post and beam home, a heritage design and some spotted gum homes. We custom design most homes to suit the individual tastes of people. We have many more pictures of different projects in our display home, so come and browse through our albums.