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 Greenes’ son, Alex, oversaw construction of the timber frame and sustainable forest management. He used red oak, elm, walnut and cherry from the home’s wooded site to build the post-and-beam structure that defines the home. By leaving intact whole trees that otherwise would be considered unusable, Alex was able to mimic a Japanese minka’s lightness and sculptural qualities.
Photo By Mark Sokolowski