The mail-order kit comprised only a set of drawings and numbered post-and-beam timbers, some of them rare chestnut, just awaiting reassembly. "That's what I went to school for in Germany," says Hinz, adding with relish, "A nice old hand-hewn beam that's weathered well—there's nothing like it."
A pine bed defines a reading nook in the new wing's first-floor study. The exposed beams overhead are from a salvaged barn that was used to construct the wing.
Salvaged barn: Trillium Dell Timberworks