WINTERSET, Iowa — The timbers are rough, clearly hand-hewn with an axe. They are numbered, with holes where pegs will hold them together.

The key word in that sentence is the “will.”

These timbers are well over 100 years old, and most would refer to them in the past tens...

A restored prairie, historic barn and contemporary cabin turn a Madison County property into a peaceful country getaway.

A Des Moines executive created his own paradise on the back roads of Madison County. Library Binding Service Inc. CEO Fritz James spent his professio...

Lake Sundown, Ia. -- Lorin Hayden wandered beneath the massive wooden skeleton that had risen on the lakeshore and craned his neck to glance at the peak nearly 30 feet above.

The lanky builder caressed the sturdy bones -- 10-inch-thick beams that still bear the ax marks...

A bit of Iowa has been brought to Sonoma County in the form a century-old barn being reassembled near Geyserville.

Josh Chandler, a winemaker, architect and general contractor, last week began putting together the 1909 Midwest barn on his eight-acre ranch.

His acquisitio...

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