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Building a Country Home with Native Material

This unique Missouri home was designed to use natural material and native plants.
  • Ozark craftsmanship

    When the Shannon family decided to build a home on their 500 acres along Table Rock Lake in Missouri, they wanted to incorporate natural materials harvested from their own land. Ozark craftsmanship and nature would intertwine to provide a place where they could retreat with family and friends, breathe fresh air, envelop themselves in nature, go boating, and generally unwind.

    The Shannons hired Locati Architects and Ted Spaid of SWT Design to build their dream home, which they named Chimney Rock. One family request was large amounts of outside living and entertaining space. They wanted to spend evenings watching the sunset while chatting and eating together on the terrace. So the architects added 2,000 square feet to the 10,000-sq-ft home and guesthouse.

    Date Published: February 16, 2016
    Date Updated: February 16, 2016
  • Reclaimed Timber

    The architects used reclaimed fir timbers sourced from the old Raineer Brewery Icehouse in Washington State. The material was cleaned, but otherwise left to give an authentic old rustic appearance. It was used to create the vaulted ceiling to the outside space and the curved wooden trusses spanning the outside living area.

    The outdoor living space is designed for all-weather cooking so the family can enjoy coffee on the garden terrace while listening to the soft sounds of the waterfalls, watching the mist come from the lake, and seeing the many colors and textures of the Ozarks.

    Date Published: February 16, 2016
    Date Updated: February 16, 2016
  • Local Stone Material

    The land around Chimney Rock served as the main source for the materials. The designers worked with local stone craftsmen to select and harvest materials to create the manmade stream and retaining walls that resemble natural rock outcroppings.

    River gravel, limestone, and creek slabs were harvested and painstakingly assembled, nestling the house naturally into the landscape.

    Date Published: February 16, 2016
    Date Updated: February 16, 2016
  • Native Plantings

    The backbone of the property design is the Ozark topography with native rock outcroppings.

    “A key component of the landscape design was to use Missouri Ozark Natives that look purposeful whilst avoiding a weedy appearance that can be prevalent in native plantings,” says Spaid.

    The garden is designed to evolve colorfully through the four seasons. Sedges, grasses, water lilies and flowering trees are incorporated to delicately change color through the seasons. The plants were chosen for deer and rabbit resistance and to adapt to the native rocky soil.

    Date Published: February 16, 2016
    Date Updated: February 16, 2016
  • Water Features

    The stream begins from a spring rock and flows down to a pond that surrounds the entrance of the house, giving the apparition that the home floats on water. Water appears to flow through the main lodge structure to the back, where it cascades down a series of riffles coming to rest in a lower fish basin. The back of the house is visually linked with Table Rock Lake.)

    In the past few year, the landscape of Chimney Rock has withstood droughts, providing testimony to using native plants. The native plants in the garden are labeled with common and Latin names, so guests can stroll and learn.

    “The biodiversity of the landscape has created a balance with nature,” says Spaid.

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    Date Published: February 16, 2016
    Date Updated: February 16, 2016

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