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The Many Locations of the Melody Lane

Posted on Dec 5, 2012
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Riverbend has a reputation for creating beautiful design concepts that have inspired the creation of countless dream homes. Forever popular, the Melody Lane concept, (shown above), has sparked countless versions of timber frame homes. Each beautifully modified home fits different build locations and families, yet still retains elements of the original architectural design.

The Melody Lane concept features spacious living areas and a variety of outdoor areas for interacting with the landscape. These outdoor spaces include covered patios, enclosed sunrooms, and open decks. The Melody Lane’s flowing layout and attention to timber detailing are features that many homeowners find vastly appealing. Enjoy a few versions of homes modified from our Melody Lane concept.


Home Inspired by Melody Lane
Ohio version of the Melody Lane design concept

Located near the borders of Michigan and Indiana, this Ohio version’s interior remains consistent with the original Melody Lane timber frame concept. In contrast, its exterior received distinct alterations to showcase the homeowner’s personal style. Modifications include a charming cupola for a barn-style flavor. A main priority when this family began their design was that the finished home accommodate multiple generations under one roof. Ensuring this goal was met, Riverbend designers incorporated a main level, sound-proof wing with a master suite for the husband’s parents. Additionally, a second master suite for the homeowners is located on the level above.


Melody Lane Design

Built in Alberta, this version of the Melody Lane timber frame home features an exterior closely resembling the original concept. However, extensive modifications to its interior layout included relocating its master suite to the loft area and adding a basement. Like many Canadian clients, the couple discovered that Riverbend’s energy efficient building system worked well with the area’s colder weather. Riverbend designers included Advantage® insulated concrete forms (ICFs) in the basement design and Insulspan® Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) in the walls and roof. Both energy efficient additions ensured their home’s complete insulation from footing to rafters. Another design modification was the expansion of the home’s internal timber frame skeleton. This accommodated the couple’s love of the look and feel of traditional timber framing.


timber frame home side elevation on sloped property

Finally, and most recently, a couple inspired by the Melody Lane architectural design is working with Riverbend’s in-house design team to build a second home on Banks Lake in Washington. Because they purchased a sloped lot, the Washington couple’s designer is considering including a walkout basement as it will seamlessly flow with the land’s slope. The couple’s desire for outdoor living spaces, combined with the high precipitation typical of their part of the state, will also affect the way their designer determines the use of elements like covered, all-weather outdoor areas and eave depth.

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