With over thirty year’s experience, Michael Leistiko has built-designed-assisted-in-design of a variety of unique structures ranging from single story to multi level homes. The stone and timber building shown above is a "one of a kind" custom build.
One of the main goals here was the building had to last for generations. Making that goal happen at least two things had to jell. It would need a true artisan builder with exceptionally broad experience. It must be someone who can understand and produce workmanship above the normal industry standard. The interview process narrowed the already limited field.Then after working on a couple of smaller projects confidence replaced any initial apprehension.Respect and trust are must haves for “hands on” client builder relationships to succeed. You will be sharing many hours together. How productive they are depends upon both parties.
Secondly, the building materials need the best quality available. All to withstand outdoor weather with its toughest demands. Stone timber and masonry combine forces to do battle with Mother Nature when they are top of the line.
During his career, Michael has challenged himself by working hard at learning more than one craft. The reason for this effort was to achieve dual status as Master Mason & Master Carpenter. In carpentry, his experience at Timber Frame Construction shines. He and his crew put up all the porch timbers along with the floor system inside the cabin. They cut the stock for the small dormers and installed each. A background in fine arts helps to make many significant design decisions a reality.
His building Philosophy. Take the building experience and make it as meaningful as possible. When a building starts out of the ground…it is our job to turn that ongoing event into a positive one. A process that inspires productive healthy living.
The single-family dwelling will continue to be a personal and professional focus of mine. Why? Because it allows that process to unfold. That is why I have felt so drawn to it. This has remained true for most of my working days.
To build this stone building required a shift in thinking from the norm. Most homes built today would be considered to merely last for decades. When thinking of lasting centuries we must not just build to withstand the elements. Again, consider using the best longest lasting materials that you can afford. The real payoff is when they age to a pleasing patina after time passes. Faux stones and vinyl siding cannot accomplish this single task, just the opposite in fact. Real stone, full size timbers, copper and brass.
The products of our efforts must withstand the many trends and fashions that come and go. Then they can be held in deep affection from generation to generation. This is what breathes life into Architecture and brings significance to our history and our identity.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THROUGH THE GALLERY AND THE PHOTOS WE'VE GATHERED FOR YOU TO VIEW AND BY WAVING YOUR MOUSE POINTER OVER THE PICTURE IT WILL CHANGE COLOR, TEXT WILL BE VISIBLE IF IT IS THERE TO BE SEEN. SOME OF THE PHOTOS NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST COULD BE RELATED TO ANOTHER PROJECT OR DRAWING OF ONE.