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.

Though traditional minka do not have elaborate fireplaces, they do include a central fire space, specially designed so the smoke could rise and escape through the roof. To mimic this, Patricia and Gordon installed a wood-burning stove set into a stone chimney. The chimney’s thermal mass helps retain heat in winter and preserve evening coolness during hot summer days.
Photo By Mark Sokolowski