Congratulations to our client and dear friend, Trey Parker, on his triumphant Broadway debut as writer, director, and producer of Broadway’s newest musical hit, The Book Of Mormon. Recently nominated for 14 Tony Awards, more than any play this season, Parker joined with long time South Park co-creator Matt Stone and Avenue Q writer Robert Lopez to tell the story of two Morman missionaries who are assigned to spread the Mormon gospel in Uganda. Book of Mormon tickets have become almost impossible to come by as the public can’t seem to get enough of the guys behind the irreverent South Park Cartoon Series. We’re proud to have worked with Trey to co-create and build two of his favorite places on earth, one in Steamboat Springs (and featured in Architectural Digest), and the other on Kauai. We always knew that South Park was just the tip of the iceberg, because not only is Trey an incredible writer and satirist, he’s also a brilliant designer with a truly classic and timeless sense of taste. We look forward to joining forces with Trey again soon.

In 2005 I began a series of design meetings with Trey Parker, the creator of the South Park Television Series, about a home he wished to build in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Trey wanted something large enough for family and friends and also a retreat for the South Park crew of writers. After walking the lot I immediately began to think Mountain Lodge, and then Trey began to mention his love of Japanese art and culture. What eventually emerged was a mountain house strongly influenced by Asian sensibility. Because Asia embraced Timber Frame construction centuries ago, we decided to do an Asian Inspired Timber Frame home. But where would could we find extraordinary aged timbers for the frame? I contacted Trestlewood, a company that specializes in large quantities of reclaimed and salvaged timbers sourced from old bridges and barns. Trestlewood informed us that they had in stock a large quantity of timbers salvaged from a railroad bridge that once spanned a portion of the Great Salt Lake. The timbers were over a hundred years old, and were completely imbued with salt. This seemed perfect. Our friends at Woodhouse Post and Beam designed the frame and milled the beams. In all honesty, I have never seen such a beautiful frame. The salty timbers were lightly oiled to reveal light shades of cherry with darker cherry veins. The frame was a big hit with local wildlife as well. During construction some of the local deer and other animals would use the timbers as a salt lick. Reclaimed siding and ancient cabin timbers were also used to complete a home that looked like it had stood on the site for half a century or longer. This house was published in the May 2010 issue of Architectural Digest. Many photos of this amazing house here.

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