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Wooden wonder

One of less than a dozen properties nestled along the 55-acre Herrick Drive development on the Elma/East Aurora line, this idyllic and welcoming home enjoys a bird’s eye view of the pond below and is surrounded by myriad trails running through virgin forest.

Owner Peter Glauber, who shares the home with his wife Diane and daughter Corinne, made the move from Clarence in 2014 after falling in love with the nearly two-acre lot and visiting his sister’s timber-frame home in Vermont.

"I knew that was the kind of house we had to have," said Glauber, who turned to Timberbuilt of North Collins for construction. "They were incredibly passionate about their craft and helping in any way."

Windows in the great room are south facing and allow for abundant morning light to stream through the open floor plan. (©2017 Kim Smith Photos)

One example: sharing Glauber’s excitement over whittling a 200-year-old, 60-foot beam into 23 stairs that lead down to the basement and up to the loft, even though the project was not included in the original plan.

The outdoor stone fireplace adds additional warmth to the cozy porch and allows the family to enjoy the spectacular views long into the winter months. (©2017 Kim Smith Photos)

Other notable additions over the course of construction included the immense front door with speakeasy grille window that Glauber, an engineer, built himself from salvaged barn wood.

Reclaimed wood is used prominently throughout the home — often obtained from some pretty unusual sources. The yellow pine decking on the back porch once served as guardrails along the Robert Moses Parkway, while the Douglas fir floor of the front deck enjoyed a former life as a sauerkraut vat. "I would not have used it inside," joked Glauber.

The interior’s oak floors are courtesy of an old tobacco barn and are rich with depth, tone and texture. Complemented by a neutral palette, Glauber describes the home’s style as a mix of vintage and rustic.

Contrasting nicely with a unique marble tile backsplash, the kitchen’s distressed cabinetry is a perfect fit for the home’s rustic motif. (©2017 Kim Smith Photos)

"I had a ton of fun finding old stuff on eBay," added Glauber, who also spent time on conferencing with designers across the country who specialize in old farmhouses. They ultimately helped him find a crew to install the distressed kitchen cabinetry.

The home’s open floor plan is ideal for entertaining, allowing guests to mingle easily between the kitchen, great room, screened-in deck and loft area.

An airy 3,200 square feet with three bedrooms (including a master suite) and three full baths, the Glaubers have plans to expand their living space even further. They just completed staining the floors of their large walkout basement and will soon add a reclaimed wood bar and 120-inch projection TV.

Saving green by going green

Free of nails, screws or bolts, the joinery is all handcrafted mortise and tenon construction.

The tight construction and insulated roof panels lead to dramatically reduced energy consumption and costs. A recent NYSERDA audit of the Glauber home resulted in the lowest air leakage rate they had ever recorded and heating bills are only around $80/month, even in the middle of winter.

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