Homeowners call it the “Timber House” — with a capital T and H.

Custom roof trusses and columns are constructed in Douglas fir from Montana, and Magee Construction built the substantial outdoor structure. The Timber House sits on an idyllic property adjacent to a swimming pool and pool house surrounded by fieldstone with a view of a nearby pond.

“We didn’t want it to look like a picnic shelter. It needed to have presence. We added more stones into the landscape to connect the spaces,” says the homeowner. “It’s meant for outdoor living, and it has a lot of presence.”

The wood-burning fireplace is an 18-foot wall of Wisconsin stone that soars upward, the perfect size for the roaring fires the homeowners enjoy. The big-screen TV allows the homeowners to gather friends and family to watch Iowa Hawkeye football games, hockey and other sports. There’s room to feed an army from the Big Green Egg grill that was built into a moveable cabinet by Magee.

At night, rustic iron hanging lanterns and concealed lighting provide illumination. Comfortable rattan furnishings are clad in Sunbrella fabrics.

An outdated basement was given a fresh new lease on life by Magee Construction as a contemporary retreat for a different homeowner. The owners wanted a more attractive and useable space for watching TV, computer work and projects such as scrapbooking, as well displaying their eclectic collections.

“The biggest challenge was how to use the space because so many things happen here,” says Deb Waterman from Magee.

“We wanted a more contemporary style and to get rid of the dark wood paneling. Now it’s a wonderful space, light and comfortable and filled with my favorite turquoise blue accents … it makes me happy,” says the homeowner.

Panels of sand-colored porcelain tile create a sleek wall for the fireplace, floating shelves and concealed storage designed by Mike Flanascha. The quartz hearth heightens the smooth surface effect.

Opposite this wall is plenty of space for spreading out projects and storage for tucking things away, keeping the basement looking neat.

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