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By joshthomas

On 16, Sep 2012 | No Comments | In | By joshthomas

Retreat

Old farmhouses are added to over the course of many years, creating layers of architecture that give these houses their charm. This new home borrows from that tradition, combining several rectilinear volumes: a garage linked via a mudroom, the main wing of local stone, a perpendicular wing clad in white cedar siding and a screen porch with a shed roof. The red roofs and white siding are dictated by the vernacular barns of the area.

Careful attention was paid to site planning. The house nestles close to mature trees leaving the larger sweep of the property for horses. Inside, the client wanted a modern aesthetic without a fussy central hall or overpowering foyer. Instead, the focal point is a two-story window that floods a staircase, entry and upper halls with sunlight. It creates a dramatic light tower from the exterior at night. Although the farmhouse is 5,000 square-feet, the home is proportional to its surroundings and appears to have grown naturally on the land over generations.

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