The other day, we posted a blog of Frankie exploring part of the house. Because we received lots of requests for a home tour of the new Chez Herd (we moved from one side of Cataloochee Ranch to the other back in the fall), we thought we would do a small tour. And, of course, what better tour guide is there than Frankie?
The interesting back story to the loft is that we did not have it in the original plans. When we decided to build the great room from timber frame (i.e., giant timbers engineered to form the structure – without a single nail or screw), then we had to engineer a way to move from one part of the second floor to another. So, in essence, the loft is simply a hallway hung from the timber frame.
Each “bay” in the timber frame is 10 feet deep (front to back of house) and 23 feet wide. To hang the “hallway”, it had to be 10 feet wide to hang on the timber frame. Thus, it is the width of a room, so we had to figure out how to use the space (other than for Frankie to snoozervise from up high, of course).
But let’s highlight the snoozervising abilities from here:
P.S. – Just for Zim of the A04 – Note that this is just like your sitzbank that no pup ever actually lays on and spies out the window. Right?
Even better than the window though is looking off the other side of the loft. Sorry about the glare in the pictures, but the back of the house faces due East and we get the sunshine blaring though the windows. Great for heating the house up early in the morning, but not so great for picture taking.
On either side of the loft are the guest bedrooms, but we will save those for another tour. Time for a good nap anyway.