Living it up...responsibly.
Just imagine owning one of today's most innovative and strikingly beautiful mountain homes that also make a positive impact on the environment. Introducing Schweitzer's newest and perhaps most intriguing residential neighborhood, Timber Crossing. Immersed in nature's bounty, this private enclave of cabin homes features an entirely new way of using wood called Cross Laminated Timber or CLT. This novel CLT technique creates homes that provide you the warmth and richness of natural wood plus the rewards of being environmentally responsible and sustainable.
Timber Crossing homes were created by Seattle architect Susan Jones, who lives in a CLT house she designed for six years. Her Timber Crossing homes utilize CLT panels for the ceilings, floors and most walls. "For an architect, working with a combination of beauty, strength, innovation and environmental responsibility in a single material is inspiring," says Susan.
Kyle Richardson, Schweitzer's Construction Manager, loved CLT's advantages so much he recently built his own home using it. "CLT substantially reduces on-site construction time to just 6 months and move-in time to less than a year," says Kyle. "Compare that to a traditional 18–24 month building time. Now owners will be able to join in on all the Schweitzer fun a whole lot sooner."
There's nothing like the experience of living in an all-wood home. The CLT panels are super smooth and luxurious to the touch, whitewashed with a protective UV coating that gives layers of reflections and retains the delightfully sweet aroma of natural wood.
These ski-in/ski-out cabin homes showcase a soaring 20-foot wall of glass opening to an expansive deck, ideal for fun-time gatherings. There are two models planned: a three-bedroom, three-bath, 1817 sq. ft. three-story and a two-story, two-bedroom, two-bath plan at 1208 sq. ft. Both feature flexible layouts that make room for remote offices, work spaces and/or family entertainment areas.
The pre-production of 12-foot by 8-foot CLT panels uses only smaller diameter, less desirable trees leaving the biggest, healthiest trees, to grow. The result: more carbon capture and less fire danger from larger trees, which are important benefits to all of us concerned about climate changed. A standard CLT panel is 8 by 40 feet. It consists of three or more layers of 2-inches by 6-inches by 8-feet lumber, arranged in alternating perpendicular pattern: vertically then horizontally and again vertically.
Architect Susan Jones FAIA, founder of the women-owned firm atelierjones, is a national leader in implementing innovative techniques to lower the carbon footprint of the construction industry. Holding a masters in architecture from Harvard, she wrote the book on Mass Timber/CLT in 2018: MASS TIMBER/DESIGN AND RESEARCH.
If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing you at Schweitzer soon.
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