A love of horses and a desire for a slower pace of life inspired these clients to develop their rural property, consisting of a blend of wooded and pasture land. The homestead was to consist of a house, a horse barn, an equipment barn, a future riding arena, and a pond. The architect was tasked with developing the master plan and designing the house. Inspired by vernacular architecture in the area, the architect reinterpreted the classic farmhouse. Immediately recognizable is a wrap-around font porch, defined by a pattern of columns.
The house connects to the ground with a stone base. The walls are clad with cementious lap siding, painted white, and punctuated with double hung windows.
The house is capped with a classic 5-V metal roof. One enters the house through a intimate Foyer which unfolds to a dramatic double-height living room that segways between the private areas to the west – Master Suite, Craft Room and Study, and other public areas to the east – Kitchen & Formal Dining Room.
A stair off the Foyer leads to additional bedrooms and the Recreation Room upstairs. Upon arrival to the farmstead one can observe horses grazing in the pastures before entering through an iron gate with horse motifs.
The drive swings wide so that the grey-hued horse barn behind the house may be appreciated. Inside the house the horse motif is again displayed on the upstairs railing and over the fireplace. One cannot help but feel an equestrian aura about, much to the client’s satisfaction.