Inside a stunning modern timber frame house in the woods of Pennsylvania

modern home exterior at dusk

Gaskill Architecture designed this modern timber frame house that terraces into the moraine landscaping, nestled into the woods sitting on eighteen acres in Portersville, Pennsylvania. Large rocks, ferns, and a diverse mixture of deciduous trees make up the landscape. The house was designed as a true blend of landscape and architecture.

As you approach the house, a 180’ bridge takes you through the woods to the front door. All of the topography on the site has been maintained as a strategy for the house positioning and design. The exterior consists of stone, corten metal siding, reclaimed torched barn siding, stained Douglas fir, and Marvin windows.

modern home exterior at dusk

The rainwater is collected off of the two main roofs through a large custom corten metal gutter and the water flows into a rock swale that flows under the bridge. The house is inherently very sustainable including lots of daylighting and views, reclaimed siding, geothermal hvac, radiant floor heating, low V.O.C. materials a high-performance envelope.

modern home exterior at dusk

This house is a great example of how nature truly influences a successful architectural design.

modern home entry with a wooden bench and staircase

The interior materials consist of a large mixture of exterior materials that connect the indoors and outdoors. 

modern living room

The great room of the house is a modern post and beam structure which creates a feeling as if you are in a tree house. The open floor plan promotes gathering in the house’s core and takes advantage of the view of the woodlands.

modern living room

What We Love: This modern timber frame house provides a cozy and welcoming ambiance for both everyday living and hosting guests. Large walls of glazing provide a fabulous indoor-outdoor connection, inviting the beauty of the wooded landscape inside. There are so many fantastic details in this home, from the open and airy great room to the heavy use of wood for warmth to the spa-like bathroom with its woodsy views. 

Tell Us: What details in the design of this dwelling in the woods do you find most appealing? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other wonderful home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Pennsylvania: House Tour: An old barn in Pennsylvania gets a refreshing renovation and Bucks County historic barn converted into breathtaking guest house.

rustic living room

modern dining room

modern dining room looking towards the kitchen

rustic kitchen

modern kitchen looking towards the dining and living room

The first floor has two en suite bedrooms and a master bedroom, all having dramatic views into the woods. The second-floor loft has a music room and study that overlooks the great room and acts as an entertainment space for parties.

modern bathroom with dual vanities

modern bathroom with a floating vanity

Above: The master bath is a very tranquil space with a spa layout including a large 1200-pound boulder between the shower and concrete soaking tub in the wet room.

rustic bathroom with a freestanding tub

Above: A polished concrete freestanding tub provides an idyllic spot to relax and unwind after a long day. A large window by Marvin helps to frame views of the woods.

modern living room

rustic deck with a fireplace and a grill

Above: The outdoor kitchen incorporates a pizza oven, fireplace, and full operating outdoor kitchen with lounge space.

modern home exterior

Above: The exterior spaces of the house feel as if you are literally in the middle of the woods. 

modern home exterior

modern home exterior at dusk

Photos: Courtesy of Gaskill Architecture

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Patricia Harmanci
3 months ago

Fabulous home! Not overly “done”. My only question: yes, chances are no one will peek into your windows at night, but I find uncovered windows to be cold-looking at night and the inside light escapes out. I could not live here without window coverings of some sort.