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Project of the Week – Postcard House

pow-postcard-frontal-1024x682Inspired by a vintage Polaroid camera, Matthew Hufft of Hufft Projects designed this Indian Point vacation home so that every vantage point composes a picturesque landscape of its own.

“The form of the ‘Postcard House’ is intended to frame the scenic setting from every angle – creating ‘postcards’ from within,” says Hufft. “It is all about the views and the experience.”

Set on a steep woodsy lakefront site near Branson, Missouri, the Postcard serves as a weekend retreat for two grown brothers and their respective families. As per their wishes to respect the natural surroundings, the multi-level building with egress floors was elevated on steel columns and pavement was kept to a minimum.

In terms of materials, most of the exterior walls are clad in sustainable Grade A clear and select knotty western red cedar. Aesthetically, the warm wood tones contrast beautifully with the cooling effect of the aluminum roof, but that’s not the only reason Hufft chose to work with western red cedar.

“It was a natural fit in the wooded setting,” says the award-winning Kansas City architect. “A high level of precision and craft went into the construction of the residence, and western red cedar satisfied this requirement.”

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WRC Specifications
Grade: Kiln Dried “A” Clear and Better and Kiln Dried Select Knotty Western Red Cedar
Size: 1×4 Tongue and Groove, Edge V
Fastening: Mounted on 1/2″ Vertical Battens
Finish: Sikkens Stain

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