Photo by: Tim Buchman, timbuchman.com, courtesy of Miller Architecture
Designed by architect Tony F. Miller for homeowners in North Carolina, this timber-frame pool pavilion has its own guest entry and distinct areas for cooking, dining, and relaxing. The dining rotunda has a built-in pizza oven and a custom-designed table to accommodate eight to 16 people. The center section of the structure features the kitchen and bar. The lounge rotunda provides a covered seating area located adjacent to the fireplace.
Along with his associate James Nevada, Miller modeled the pavilion in SketchUp, the same program that was used by the timber-framing firm Carolina Timberworks. Before the construction process began, the two firms exchanged their Sketch-Up files. This allowed each firm to contribute technical and design information at all stages of the project and enabled the clients to review each step.
Western red cedar from British Columbia was used for the timber-framing, connected by hand-cut traditional pegged mortises and tenons. Timber surfaces were sanded, and the edges were eased with a draw knife. The pavilion’s ceiling has a floral motif that mimics a magnolia tree near the pool slide. The inner ceiling of the pavilion has no ledges or horizontal surfaces for birds to roost or for pollen to collect.
The homeowners preferred the durability of Pennsylvania bluestone for the pool deck. Bluestone’s dark color and density normally make it too hot to walk on in bare feet. The homeowners and their general contractor consulted with a hydraulic engineer and the underlayment company, Schlüter Systems, to design a sophisticated cooling system under the stone. To maximize the system’s efficiency, the stones were cut thinner than usual. Sloped to drain water, they dry almost immediately after a rain. For more photos of the pavilion, go to Project Gallery Extra
.Design: Tony F. Miller, AIA LEED AP, Miller Architecture, Charlotte, N.C., millerarchitecture.com
General contractor: Ed Tennent, Charlotte, N.C., kellymcardle.com
Timber-frame contractor: Carolina Timberworks, Boone, N.C., carolinatimberworks.com
Timber-frame engineer: D. Remy & Co., Hayesville, N.C., dremy.com
Finish photographs: Tim Buchman, timbuchman.com, courtesy of Miller Architecture
Process photograph and illustration: courtesy of Carolina Timberworks