Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Jean Rehkamp Larson wrote the book on farmhouse style—really. Published in 2004 by Taunton Press, The Farm- house helped make a name for her and the firm she runs with husband Mark Larson, in Minneapolis. So, too, did their award-winning residential work, which spans quite a few styles from traditional to modern and creative variations in between. For this new house on a recently divided piece of farm property in Lake Elmo, Minn., Jean's clients sought a building Old Farm New LAKE ELMO, MINN. REHKAMP LARSON ARCHITECTS with both presence and propriety at the same time. They specifically wanted a "modern farmhouse" that would comple- ment and incorporate a number of existing farm buildings they planned to keep and use. Their site and its neighboring area (located 25 miles or so from Minneapolis and about half that from St. Paul, Minn.) still has a rural look and feel, making a new farmhouse a contextual addition and not just a nostalgic nod. While her book broadcast her reputa- tion for understanding farmhouses and Opposite and left: Rehkamp Larson and Lifespace Construction presided over the careful subdivision of a former farm to create this new modern farmhouse property near Minneapolis. VOL. 4, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 67

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