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    • bluestone and Douglas fir predominate this new house both inside and out
    • Overview

      This new home for a client with an education in modern architecture offers both traditional romance and contemporary authenticity.

      The design evolves from the agricultural legacy of the site’s fields and fence rows interacting with a new stone wall to establish precincts for new uses: windbreak, orchard, garden, lawn, and pool.

      Chosen to age gracefully, irregularly-cut courses of New York bluestone predominate the house inside and out. The stone contrasts with reclaimed materials, such as Douglas fir structural beams, teak flooring (reused railroad ties from Africa), and antique ceramic tile and fireplace mantels.

      The gable rafters change slope along the length of the house, forming an S-shaped ridgeline that alludes to an image of a sagging barn roof, which the client found meaningful because of its portrayal of time.

    • the design concept draws inspiration from a photo of an old barn, which the client found meaningful for its portrayal of time
    • the undulating roof-line mimics that of the sagging barn roof from the client's photo
    • inside, the house incorporates gallery-like spaces for the client's art, collections, and family photos
    • located on a wooded section of the property, the guest house reaches upward into the trees
    • Specifications

      Location: Orono, Minnesota

      Type: New construction

      Size: 9,100 square feet

    • Project Contact

      Thomas Meyer

      • Architect / Principal
      • thomas@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3222
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