The Hemi Hideout is a 21,700-square-foot heavy timber frame and scissor-arched masterpiece. Its octagon-shaped copula rises to a height of 54 feet. The Amish-inspired structure uses mortise and tenon joinery, and all timber pieces are secured with oak dowels, eliminating the need for bolts, nails, or glue. The massive building incorporated many environmentally friendly features. The Douglas Fir timber used on this project was harvested from sustainable forests. R-38-rated structural insulated panels were used for the walls and roof, and geothermal heating and air-conditioning, make this building extremely energy efficient.

Hemi Hideout: 1172 Wilpitz Rd, Brookshire, TX 77423


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