This building was designed to back into a hillside (north) which makes the walk out basement a good choice. This home is blessed with having a south-facing view side. This combination makes the placement of large windows to the view an easy choice with the added benefit of passive solar gain. This country home is only 1024 square feet on the main floor but with the open concept, it feels plenty spacious. A¼ loft was selected because the owners wanted to have some of the vaulted timber frame feel but not lose too much loft space. The importance of outdoor living space is reflected in the 572 square feet of well covered decks. Dormers were omitted as they were not essential for space or light and the budget was better allocated to the main floor, basement and porches. The basement is made from insulated concrete forms (ICFs) which have outstanding thermal properties. The entire home (like many Zirnhelt Timber Frames) is made from trees killed by natural processes (in this case Douglas-fir beetle, wind throw and mountain pine beetle).