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This Ohio couple built their escape on a hill high above nearby Columbus.
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    Big decisions

    When the Baileys discovered the country property of their dreams, their next step was to pick a design and style of house that would fit in well with the environment.

    "My husband for years has always had this dream of living out in the country, high on a hill, with pristine views," says Mrs. Bailey.

    The Baileys were wanting a country home, so they naturally thought a barn-style house would achieve that countryside ideal. Since barns are traditionally made of timbers, they decided on using OakBridge Timber Framing to construct the home they had fantasized about.

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    Wide open spaces

    The great room, which has a huge picture frame window that looks straight out at the view, is Mr. Bailey's favorite room in the house. The big open space is the perfect gathering spot.

    “The timber frame is just a wonder to me,” Mrs. Bailey says. “It’s so beautiful to look up and see the timbers. We have them lit up, so the wood is beautiful to see.”

    The Baileys intend to someday fill the house with grandchildren, but for now they are grateful for their getaway home that allows for their family to all be together.

     

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    Custom country kitchen

    An expansive kitchen was handcrafted down to every beautiful wood cabinet. It has a very open feel because of its high ceiling, great natural lighting from above, and lack of doors to close it off. It provides that feeling of togetherness with the living room.

    “Standing at the kitchen sink and looking out the window is one of favorite things,” says Bailey, who thoroughly enjoys her kitchen and the spectacular craftsmanship that was used to create it.

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    An astounding structure

    OakBridge Timber Frame homes are created with large timbers and wooden pegs. Each piece must fit exactly right, which Bailey believes to be similar to a puzzle.

    “It has such character. The whole idea is almost too good to be true,” says Bailey. “To wrap your mind around the fact that this whole timber frame of your house is held together with pegs makes me have so much respect for what goes into this.”

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    It takes a village

    The OakBridge founders were raised Amish and have been building barns and buildings from timbers, without major power tools, for years. The Baileys were pleasantly surprised when the company held a barn-raising party complete with homemade food and their families when construction began on the home.

    OakBridge even encouraged the family to write the names of their family and friends on the pegs that would secure the structure of their home. That act was very symbolic to the Baileys.

    “We could sign our names on the pegs and then pound them in,” says Bailey. “That was very special.”

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    A sweeping view

    Comfortable swivel chairs were placed in the room on the top floor of what the Baileys call “the silo,” so they are able to enjoy the stunning panoramic view.

    "We really enjoy the sunroom where you can see all the way around," Bailey says. "You can just turn and look all the way around the property."

    They transformed the bottom floor of the octogonal section of the house into an exercise room with incredible views to focus on while working out.

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    Room to grow

    The houses windows look out upon the property’s 70 acres of ponds, woods, and fields near Columbus, Ohio. 

    "We thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we built something bigger to be a gathering place for our family and evenutally grandkids?'" Bailey says.

    Although the Baileys only use their country dream home as a spot for weekend getaways, they still allotted space for growth within their family. 

     
    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    A Green timber home

    Bailey says the house is quite efficient and that is very much credited to the home's structurally insulated panels (SIPs). OakBridge uses the high performance SIPs instead of fiberglass panels to build more cost effective and energy efficient homes.

    The house is also equipped with a geothermic heating system to be more eco-friendly.

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    Great homes, great people

    Before building their timber frame home, the Bailey family had no connection to OakBridge Timber Framing at all. They had heard rave reviews about the construction company from friends, but hadn't experienced any of the magic themselves. When they chose to use OakBridge, the Baileys were pleasantly surprised to be working with people that enjoyed their work, took pride in their craftsmanship, and had a great time along the way.

    "I cannot say enough postive things about them," says Bailey. "It was just a wonderful experience."

    Mrs. Bailey admits feeling sad when the building process was over, since it was such a delightful year working with the kind folks from OakBridge. 

     

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014
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    To Learn More...

    Visit the OakBridge Timber Framing website, below, for more information about the company and their beautiful homes.

    www.oakbridgetimberframing.com

    Date Published: December 11, 2013
    Date Updated: April 10, 2014

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