Red Suspenders Timber Frames

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This view of the main house is from the Car barn facing somewhat west. The home is situated on 3.25 wooded acres in unincorporated Denton County outside Argyle Texas, on a hill of local sandstone and iron ore. Argyle is located in the Golden Triangle area boarded on the north by Denton, southwest by Fort Worth and east by Dallas, is convenient to all of the major business centers of North Texas, and is minutes away from Alliance Airport, Texas Motor Speedway, and the University of North Texas, Denton. Drive time to the D/FW airport's north entrance is an easy 20 minutes. All of the outside timber post, railings and trim are from Western Red Cedar and follows the timber frame theme of the two structures. The outside of the home and Car barn are of southern yellow pine treated with TWP Cedar Tone wood preservative and done in a traditional clapboard style of construction. Western Red Cedar shake siding adorns the second level of the home. Natural wood siding is both attractive and durable when properly treated and the natural weathering properties of wood give the structure a unique and rustic look. Additionally, the siding material was design to be easily replaced should that need arise. Notice the two round Pella accent windows on the dormer above the front entry way and in the loft area. These two windows allow ample morning light into the home creating an open and bright interior.
Native rock work surrounds the home at ground level while hand laid stone work of Autumn Blend stone from Oklahoma forms the base level. The dramatic front walkway also uses Autumn Blend stone which has been hand laid "dry stack" fashion using no mortar or cement and held in place with a sand wash.
The pad site is elevated up at the left side of the structure to create a natural drainage away from the foundation. This places the home slightly above the sloping property. All retainer walls are "real" railroad ties anchored to "deadman" timbers and accented with hand laid Autumn Blend rock work
The foundation is a post-tension slab with moisture barrier and features a 36" insulated perimeter wall that creates a crawl space underneath the first floor. The crawl space is home to 3 of the 4 HVAC air-handlers used in the home, and all of the plumbing and electrical chases. The crawl space is air-conditioned to keep the space dry in all seasons. This prevents the formation of mold and acts as an insect barrier. The elevated design of the foundation and crawl space keep the wooden portion of the structure well above grade, and provides an open access below for easy repair of any main systems should the need arise.
The 50 year roof is made of Hardy Roof composite concrete shingles individually applied. All of the overhangs are done in Galvalume metal roofing and feature a traditional "R" panel design. The roof system has endured two major hail events with no damage.
The drive up to the house and Car barn from the street and all of the parking areas are fully asphalt paved as is a remote covered parking area off to the left of this image. All of the walkways and flat areas around the Car barn are washed pebble stone concrete.

Construction Details:

  • Raised main floor over pier and beam foundation built on post tension slab. The 3' crawl space houses all of the HVAC and other utilities and puts the home above the moisture zone.
  • Trim is Western Red Cedar
  • Clapboard siding is face nailed Southern Yellow Pine treated with a cedar tone wood preservative.
  • Rock walkway is hand laid "dry stack" and built from "Autumn Blend" hard sandstone from Oklahoma.
  • Metal "R" panel overhang roof.
  • Main roof is 50 year composite concrete shingles.
  • The almost 1,500 sift of Surround porches are 1x4 treated pine.
  • Asphalt drive paved to street