Up North, Looking East: A Reclaimed Timber Japanese-Style House in Wisconsin

Built using trees thinned from the well-nurtured forest around it, a home brings the wisdom of Japanese farmhouse building to the Wisconsin woods.

The beauty of the woods surrounding their family home inspired Alex (pictured) and Gordon Greene to learn to sustainably maintain its health and wellness. In managing the forest, Alex follows the Full Vigor Forestry philosophy developed by Wisconsinite Jim Birkemeier, which advises foresters to forget about complex forestry concepts and “instead get to know your own woods—and watch closely.” Alex says of his forest, “common sense has emerged as our most valuable guiding principle.”
Photo By Mark Sokolowski