With the help of Chicago-based architecture and planning firm Northworks, a family of four brought its vision of a sustainable and hardy modern barn to fruition. The newly constructed 4,500-square-foot weekend home, located in southwest Wisconsin, stands next to the footprint of a dilapidated barn that came with the property. The barn was disassembled by Northworks and the resulting materials were used to create custom furniture and details such as the home's limestone hearth and retaining wall near its pool.
The homeowners needed a kitchen that could hold the 20 or so friends and family members they usually host on holidays and reunions. Architect Bill Bickford and contractor Traditional Carpentry, Inc. collaborated on a unique sliding door to the upstairs master suite: a vintage billboard cut in half and put on a barn door track.
From red painted cedar siding to no-fuss structural elements, Northworks’ solution reaches a happy medium between the classic barn look and a weekend retreat. “The best thing about this house,” explains one resident, “is that when it’s just the four of us, it feels cozy. But even when we’re hosting 25 people, it never feels crowded.”
The hardwood floors are heart pine salvaged from the bottom of Lake Superior. Far from the dark, cavernous barns of the Midwest, tall ceilings and an open floor plan creates an airy interior.
Built with pieces from an approximately 130-year-old barn, this modern Wisconsin dwelling was by far this week's most popular house tour.