River House, Eau Claire, WI
Project Description
The view from the Loft /Study overlooking the Great Room takes in a vista from the river valley beyond. Here reclaimed timber ceiling beams and glue-laminated structural member’s combine with steel tensioning rods to support stress skinned roof panels. Walls and ceiling are finished with chalk based distemper paints. A bronze and wrought iron balcony rail filters the view to the river.

Exteriors show the North Facade from the Guest Parking area with river valley beyond. Exterior surfaces include limestone veneer and dolomite caps at the foundation perimeter. Channel–rustic cedar siding, sawn cedar shingles and cedar trim are finished with Cabot’s semi-transparent, transparent and opaque stain.

Exterior photos show the East and South elevations facing the Chippewa River Valley. Details include the bed-face limestone garden walls with a bridge providing access to the riverside yard.

Bridge access from the Great room to the Riverside yard, includes wrought iron powder coated guard rails and large honed dolomite stone treads for a cool seat to take in the sun.

This is the vista of the Chippewa River Valley as seen across the spa deck. The spa deck features a rough-sawn cedar arbor framing views of the Chippewa River Valley and extended views to the southwest.

As seen from the Kitchen, the “Rumford” fireplace is detailed in bed-face limestone.The timber framing, floating within the vault and the roof structure above are reclaimed Douglas Fir with custom fabricated steel connectors, painted to match exterior window frames. The flooring is reclaimed Chestnut with Hickory, Birch and Maple installed in alternating width planks.

The view from the Great Room into the Kitchen and Breakfast area with table and two walls of built-in seating were designed to take full advantage of the South light and river views, but also to provide site lines to the fireplace.

Bedroom features reclaimed Douglas fir framing, chalk base distemper paint on ceiling and walls surrounding a window seat with storage.

A winding stair with Douglas fir treads, bronze rail and base, features wrought iron balusters that received a red pigmented lacquer. The stairs were carefully aligned to allow a tread to become the windowsill.

This is the vista of the Chippewa River Valley as seen from the spa deck.