HomeImprovementNew addition at the Village features Northwest flair

Published on Thu, Sep 30, 2004
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New addition at the Village features Northwest flair

A drive through Birch Bay Village takes you past a number of houses that echo the 1970s when the area was first developed until you get to Craig and Kara Telgenhoff’s new house at 8145 Chehalis Road.

A home of Pacific Northwest color and texture that fits nicely into its lot at the base of a small bluff, Telgenhoff’s 2,000 square foot three bedroom, two bathroom house is truly a “you can’t miss it” kind of place, featuring vertical windows that reach almost the entire 20-foot distance to the roof above an exterior wainscotting of cedar shingles.

“We have a height restriction,” Telgenhoff said, “so we went down before we went up.” The lot was graded down a couple of feet and the soil was then pushed up in back at the base of a bluff that separates Telgenhoff from his neighbor in back, providing a sunny, well-exposed garden area that runs along the low and expansive backyard deck. The kitchen, great room (living area) and master bedroom all open on the deck as well.

Although Telgenhoff’s house contrasts sharply with the houses around it, it does not call undue attention to itself. You could, in fact, drop his place into a national park and it would almost disappear, because it’s clad entirely in Pacific Northwest woods finished to emphasize their natural color, the only exception being the rich brown mahogany panels inside the bright yellow hemlock framework on the two garage doors.
The posts in front that give the place a craftsman look are held in place with stainless steel bolts and large steel plates. The oil rubbed rough bronze front door knob shows Telgenhoff’s attention to detail and is carried throughout the house with attention paid to plumbing fixtures, overhead lights and even hinges on the cabinets.

The front door enters directly into the spacious kitchen across a small tiled area where shoes are left behind a step below the richly finished kitchen floor done in solid Brazilian Cherry three-quarters of an inch thick.

The great room to the left is angled 19 degrees off the kitchen, making people curious to walk in and see what’s there, and is dominated by a black iron steel stairway leading to a small loft that will become Telgenhoff’s office. The entire structure was fabricated off-site by Tim Johnson at Johnson Machine and Welding in Everson over several weeks to Telgenhoff’s design, and was finished to blend into the surrounding wood and muted green and brown-toned wall color by letting it rust before sanding and sealing it.

“We let it sit outside between work sessions,” Johnson said, “so it could develop a little rust to give the finish depth,” Johnson said. The 1,000 pound stairway and platform structure was trucked out and lifted into place with a crane. “It went right in there without having to do any chopping or bending,” Johnson said. The platform is bolted into the roof trusses and walls but because each piece is fairly thin the structure looks light and blends in well with the house’s interior texture as well as the exterior’s exposed bolts and steel plate supports and the metal roof. Johnson estimated the unit cost “about $4,000 or so, depending upon what the situation is.”

The attention to detail carries throughout the house, from the relief in the clear vertical grain trim detail provided even at the top of the 14 foot high windows to the choice of faceted glass panels for the two sets of french doors leading on to the deck. It’s a place of contrasts, providing cozy and dark seclusion but also a feeling of air and light, a subtle combination of design techniques that work well together because all the elements are tied together with combinations of color, texture, shape and size into a unified whole.

CLT Architectural Design/Build
Craig Telgenhoff
360/961-6957
ctelgen@hotmail.com