The second generation re-do was ready for an update.
A MODERN FARMHOUSE
FOR THE THIRD GENERATION
The third generation re-established the front of the home as the main entrance. Using heavy black trim in lieu of shutters brought the
original style back. The stone chimney hides the modern woodstove
pipe, so it looks like an original part of this 175 year old house.
It is always tough to wait for landscaping to mature, but
landscape architect Josh Saathoff planted a variety
of native grasses to re-establish the Midwest heritage.
The owner's mother really wanted to have a window over the
kitchen sink, but the location of the basement entrance presented
a challenge, met by having a window looking out of another window.
opening allows for a beautiful view, no matter the season.
Cabinetry by Kramer's Kitchen & Bath, of Sycamore, IL
Double ovens have been added to the layout. The owner says her
mom would have loved being able to cook 4 pies at once.
the space. With this kitchen it was the backsplash. The owner found the discounted tile in a big box store. She loved the tone of the tile, neither
blue, nor green, nor gray ~ an in-between color that changes with the light.
This end of the kitchen had a cozy fireplace, with more dark paneling.
We were going to give it a facelift, but when the walls were opened
up, structural problems surfaced. The fireplace had to go.
the open feel of the floor plan, while maintaining structural
elements to define a new space. It was framed with boards from
the barn, a nod to the previous generations who loved this home.
which was popular in that era. The partition & paneling made for
an intimate family room & a place to watch television. Although
the partition separated the rooms & provided storage, the downside
was a dark TV room that cut off light to the dining room.
trend of a more open living space. We lost the dark paneling, and the
small room became an office area with closets for coats and storage.
up for the loss of the gas fireplace in the kitchen.
The whimsy of cow art flows through the house to
honor the many milk cows that lived on this farm.
three windows looking out on a screened in porch, accessed
through the small TV room. It was another example of windows
looking out through windows, a step removed from the views.
a delightful space in all four seasons.