BREWSTER — This elegant timber frame home, off the beaten path in Brewster, was built in 1997 by its owner, a leading authority in his field. He was awarded Best Craftsman on the Cape by Mid Cape Home Centers in the late 1990s with regards to home interiors, and was chosen to be the timber framing expert for the BBC’s Building the Impossible, seen in the U.S. on The Learning Channel.

Timber frame construction involves large, heavy timbers connected with traditional joinery — the joining of beams without steel reinforcements or nails. Instead, the beams or timbers are cut to have mortises and tenons that fit together like puzzle pieces, with wooden pegs inserted as reinforcements. The practice has been in existence for thousands of years, and timber frame structures have been known to stand the test of time, as the joinery tightens over the years.

This home’s wraparound porch is framed with white oak timbers, and cedar clapboards cover the house. The front door, as well as the others, is hand-crafted. Stepping inside, you breathe in the scents of wood, and you’re in an open space with high ceilings. The timber frame lends itself to an open floor plan, as huge posts and beams surround the periphery. A wood-burning Rumford fireplace heats up not just the living room, but the entire house, and a bonus of timber frame construction is that you can attach rigid insulation, uninterrupted, which produces up to four times more heat than that of normal plywood construction. Likewise, in the summer, the house stays cool.

Some fine points of this home are that the main posts and beams come from a small family-owned mill in southern Maine; the main level has pine and cherry ceilings; and all interior surfaces are hand-planed, oiled and rubbed. The home is a work of art. Fine craftsmanship continues as you climb the stairs, with solid, 4-inch thick maple stair treads; antique old-growth Douglas fir newel posts on the main stair; and self-supporting timbers up to the third floor. The master suite has a unique loft with generous skylights and a huge window looking out to the back, which has huge potential, with a garden and an in-ground pool. Arched anchor beams made from curved birch trees frame the space over the stairs, lending themselves to the rustic feel and the timber frame experience.