Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Home: Barn-Style Timber Home Brings Unique Craftsmanship to Pacific

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Home: Barn-Style Timber Home Brings Unique Craftsmanship to Pacific

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Tucked away down a winding road at the unincorporated crossroads of Eureka and Pacific, there is a blue barn-style home dwarfed by towering oaks. Its distinctive façade invites passers-by to stop and ask, "Who built a timber frame in Missouri?"

"You would not believe the amount of people that go by here and stop and talk to us," owner and builder Steve Schatz says. "My last house was a pretty nice house, but this simple little house gets more people coming by and saying, 'Can we come take a look inside?'"

This is the second home the Schatz family built, but it is the first project where Steve, who owns an industrial inspection company, served as the general contractor on the four-acre lot.

"We said that if we were ever going to build again we wanted an open-concept living," Steve says. "We wanted something different."

Timber-frame homes are unique in their integrity because the entire frame is supported by wooden pegs and chisels.

"We modeled this house after a Missouri dairy barn," Steve says. "We spent a lot of time searching the internet and looking at different things, and it (had) a really simple shape."

Upon entering, the lofty ceilings create a sense of airiness that is complemented by the bright timber tones. Above the front door frame, a carved "2018" christens the home's construction year. They just moved in in June.

"I feel pretty accomplished after four and a half months," Steve says. "But, tired."

The dominating feature separating the living spaces from the kitchen is an island, measuring at 6 feet by 10 feet, that the Schatzes affectionately refer to as their "continent" because of its immense size.

"We built this (island) because we have such an open floor plan," Steve says. "It's kind of a separation between the two (spaces) and works as a great storage."

The natural light, which saturates the entire open space, continues into the back of the house to the master bedroom. …

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