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Contemporary Timber Frame

Holderness, New Hampshire


A classic contemporary Bensonwood timber frame home in Holderness, New Hampshire. The year-round retreat on Squam Lake preserves as much of the surrounding natural beauty as possible. Classic shingle and vertical board cedar siding with copper diamond accents on the exterior. Douglas fir timbers and complementary dark round posts for the interior. The two-story home complies with strict lakefront requirements that embrace the natural environment. The open plan great room and kitchen at the center of the house has a custom all-season Port Orford cedar timber frame screen porch. Amenities include custom Bensonwood rolling doors, an artist studio, boat storage and lake access via a curved boardwalk. Contemporary interior details and finishes are expressed in the woodworking, doors, staircase, and cabinetry. All ceiling panels and roof boards are eastern white pine with a light whitewash finish.






3,063 sq ft
3 bed 3 bath

Structure Details

Douglas fir & Port Orford cedar timbers
R35 OB Plus wall
R44 roof
Marvin windows
Custom Stairs & doors


All-season timber frame porch
Boat storage
Artist studio

Energy Details

Uses passive design strategies seen in the roof and walls


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