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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D AB Scandinavian artist. The treads are glulam timbers stained black. "The slimmer and sleeker it gets, the more expensive it gets. In this case, it didn't need to be anorexic, but we did want it to be airy," Jean explains. "The site is so private, there were no worries about feeling exposed," she adds, describing the stair hall. "There are wonderful views from inside out to the barn; and looking at the wall of windows when you're on the outside signals the entry to the house. "I think of these old farmhouses as beacons in the distance. The white buildings and the lights glowing from within—it's all a clear beacon to call you home," she says. And if that beacon now has a more contemporary flare, it seems like a natural evolution to suit the way we like to live today. "Farmhouses are just a simple series of shapes that can let light in inter- esting ways," Jean concludes. "They're very accommodating. They don't have a big ego. They're happy to have a conversa- tion with you, and to be a little more this or a little more that." Above and opposite: "In life, I hate transitions," says Jean. However, in architecture, she tackles them head-on with careful detailing and admirable function, such as this threshold between kitchen and dining areas. Although the architects have us convinced this is a farmhouse at the front elevation, poolside it reveals its true nature as an expansive courtyard home. 72 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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