For thirty years, Michael Neelin of RiverSong Design has been well known in the Ottawa Valley and beyond as a designer of timber homes. In 1984, he attended the Pat Wolfe Log Building School and began designing handcrafted wood homes. Over the last decade and a half, this specialization has evolved from log into timber-frame, with over seventy-five stunning energy-efficient post-and-beam houses designed to date.
“A timber frame home is a thing of great beauty and soul, of efficiency, adaptability and integrity, bringing together the best of a thousand years of craft and heritage with the cutting edge of modern building science. In a timber-frame home, the structure is the decoration, the natural warmth of massive wooden timbers joined with finely crafted pegged mortise-and-tenon connections. This frame is then wrapped in an energy-efficient envelope, using prefabricated structural insulated panels, conventional framing or plastered straw bale walls, to create a home that will bring comfort and joy to generations.”