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 white oak dining room table—made from the original barn’s horse stalls—was a DIY projects completed by the homeowners' friend. A design from The Rug Company, made from patches of old rugs, sits under the table.
When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? Colorful pieces of broken LPs are visible in the glass aggregate flooring of the upstairs master bathroom—which the architects made from the pulverized remains of old vinyl records.
Traditions collide in Los Angeles when architect Jeremy Levine hotwired SoCal Spanish with international haute-moderne. The resulting house of courtyards, shelves, and even some repurposed car parts is a hybrid sensation. His newly raised ceiling, seen here, is made of wood recycled from the original pitched roof.
To maximize every square inch in this Manhattan apartment, LOT-EK knocked down walls and built in a bevy of secret compartments. Reused doors—seen here—serve as more than floor, walls, and ceiling; several are still functional. In the dining room, the benches lift up for storage, and doors on either side of the banquette open to reveal closets.
Warm, repurposed building materials are favored in this savvy renovation by MARK + VIVI. The bathroom vanities were crafted from salvaged partition wall framing and original floorboards. Sustainability is a guiding principle of Fekete and de Loera's design, and materials were repurposed and upcycled wherever possible to honor the history and character of the 135-year-old row house.
Self-taught designer Tom Givone continues his practice of updating 19th-century farmhouses with unexpected details and salvaged materials with his latest creation—a torqued-volume addition to an 1850s family homestead in Pennsylvania. All of the home's wide-plank floors were reclaimed from the original farmhouse during the demolition process.