Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

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D AB has consequently attracted more work in the style, Jean hasn't tired of finding new ways to expand on their definition and expression. "I have done a lot of other projects along the way, so it's not the only type of work I've done since writing the book," she says. "But I always welcome more opportunities to do farmhouses. They have such beautiful proportions. They can be more modern or more traditional because they're based on a simple volume." Loving Glaze What tends to separate the originals from new interpretations is more generous application of glass—in windows and doors. As Jean explains, "We now have the elements under control, so we can apply lots of glass—which was at a pre- mium before—and we can flood the place with light. The floor plans can be much more open because the kitchen is also now part of the main event. Overall, there's greater flow between rooms." There's also greater connection to the outdoors, both physically and visually. Gone from the modern farmhouse is the single, hinged kitchen door as the only passage to the backyard, clattering closed a dozen times a day. Indeed, this house has multiple means of egress, usually through double doors or wide patio doors. And even when there's no door to walk through, there is floor-to-ceiling glazing to see through. Outside is only just a glance away. Left and below left: Polished concrete floors and broad planks of pine trim connect first-floor rooms. A more copious use of windows and window walls sets the new farmhouse apart from its antecedents. 68 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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