Designed by Greg Munn of BVH Architects
The new Farmhouse has been built on land that has been in the family for over 130 years. The pattern of the original farm house and barns followed the traditional pattern, but all original buildings are long gone. The design intent for the new house is to incorporate the traditional wisdom of farmhouse construction and build a home that remembers its ancestors while providing a 21st Century home built for comfort and todays way of life.
The location of the house takes advantage of the old tree lined lane between fields. The house is set off the lane in a hollow. The form of the Farmhouse is defined by three predominant volumes, and represent the traditional sequence of farm construction. The lower gabled structure in the center containing the master suite represents the original temporary house. The three car garage represents the second phase of construction, the barn, and the middle sized volume at the opposite end, containing the great room, is the final permanent house. These forms are connected by porches that contain the kitchen, mud room, sun room and study. The porch on the south is open, and the porch on the west is all windows, also suggesting how a farmhouse could develop over time. The two house forms are finished in clapboards while the barn and porches have board and batten to further denote a hierarchy of formal/ comfort spaces vs. working/ utility spaces. The great room has a formal gas fireplace, while the sunroom has a stone wood burning Rumford fireplace. Closets and the half bath on the main floor have barn doors, and the interior walls of the support spaces are horizontal tongue and groove painted wood boards, while the formal spaces are painted drywall. The palette is soft white and light shades of grey throughout, with dark stained hardwood and slate floors.