This new build project allowed our clients to create the ideal layout for their young family. At 2300 square feet, we made sure they had plenty of room to grow - and host their extended family!
A key element that was prioritized in the design of this home was an expansive great room, which was kept open to the kitchen and dining room to optimize flow and visibility. This allows the family to keep an eye on their children and entertain with ease. The clients also have a variety of outdoor hobbies and wanted a three-car garage to store not only their vehicles, but also dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and a side-by-side. To really make the most of the garage space in all seasons, we opted to heat it with a hydronic radiant floor heating system.
The clients knew when starting the design process that they loved the updated farmhouse look. They wanted to bring in rustic elements and antique details, while still having the contemporary conveniences of a modern family home. To achieve this, the great room was designed with a cathedral ceiling, complete with wooden beams and iron hardware and the fireplace and hearth feature rustic stone in warm tones. The beams and dark hardware were carried into other spaces throughout the home to create repetition and an overall cohesive look. Finishing the walls in an off-white was key to create contrast, and let these architectural features be the center of attention. Other finishes used to achieve this style were an antique glaze effect on the kitchen cabinetry and distressed and whitewashed wood elements throughout the home.
One main obstacle at the beginning of this project was how to deal with building on a very wet piece of land. To reduce the likelihood of having water in the basement, it was decided to build up the site. This new grading of the property allowed the opportunity to design a walk out basement. The family now uses their walk out to entertain and lounge on the patio in the summer, and to have interior access to their hot tub in the winter months.
What was originally a challenge with the terrain, became a real positive in the overall design and function of the home. We were glad to think of an alternative method of dealing with the wet site and modifying the grading of the property before starting construction. We’re happy to now share this relaxed and functional modern farmhouse that our clients will spend many years in!