Modern Farmstead

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Perched idyllically on a small holding overlooking a horse farm and panoramic ocean views, this contemporary home re-imagines the modern farmhouse. The sharply sloped roof lines and pod-like living spaces seem at home on the lot, due in part to the materials used on the exterior. Corrugated metal siding, metal roof and douglas fir timbers give a nod to the farm outbuildings below, and the detached barn/workshop’s metal siding is painted in the iconic red of traditional farm structures. The homeowner, an accomplished craftsman, shaped the timber posts and beams. The grey James Hardie lap siding compliments the raw colour of the metal and was chosen for its ease of maintenance. Rainchains guide water from the gutters to drains, adding another visual dimension to the home, and natural wood fencing and a farm gate complete the picture.

On the interior the streamlined, contemporary railings, cabinetry and light fixtures are warmed by the use of wood floors and ceiling beams in the living area and the addition of antique furnishings. Hits of red throughout the great room add an interesting quality. The curved, rotating fireplace is modern in shape but lends a cosy feel to the space, and with soapstone inserts is very energy efficient. The white walls and mainly south-west facing windows ensure an abundant amount of natural light, even in the grey winters of the Pacific Northwest. Shading was added over upper and lower floor doors to reduce heat buildup in the summer, and create inviting outdoor living spaces.

Intentionally kept to 2100 sq ft, the house feels larger – spaces are well laid out with a master bedroom suite at one end and guest quarters at the other. Ceiling heights vary, and a loft above the main living area provides an inviting space for a home office. Considering many of the choices, including a forced-air heat pump system, the house should provide a high level of comfort with low operating costs.

This home is spirited, welcoming and has put an appealing spin on the modern farmhouse vernacular.