The design pairs durable steel construction on the outside with warmer timber frames on the interior. At the center of the expansive glass wall stands a two-sided fireplace that can heat the deck outside and living room within. Seen here are a Restoration Hardware Brickmaker’s coffee table and sofas from Lee Industries.
Far from the dark, cavernous barns of the Midwest, tall ceilings and an open floor plan creates an airy interior. Architect Bill Bickford and contractor Traditional Carpentry, Inc. collaborated on a unique sliding door to the upstairs master suite: a vintage billboard cut in half and put on a barn door track. The sitting area below features Raleigh Armchairs from Design Within Reach and a loveseat from Jayson Home.
The homeowners needed a kitchen that could hold the 20 or so friends and family members they usually host on holidays and reunions. The kitchen island—which features a countertop of recycled paper and cement from Squak Mountain Stone—can easily accommodate plenty of Tolix aluminum bar stools. Custom Douglas fir cabinetry frames a Miele dishwasher, Sub Zero refrigerator, Blanco sink, and a Wolf oven with a Vent-A-Hood overhead.
Big Ass Fans keep the loft from getting too hot in summer; SIP insulation helps keep it warm in winter. This second level accommodates the master suite and a small office space, furnished with a CB2 desk and a vintage chair purchased in Chicago. Another unique feature of the space is the hardwood floors, which are heart pine salvaged from the bottom of Lake Superior.
The old barn's foundation, re-stacked by a local stonemason, was reused as a rustic retaining wall for the pool area. The property also came with a corn crib and blacksmith shop as old as the barn, seen behind the pool, which are both used for storage now. St. Tropez chaises from Kingsley-Bate line the pool.
From red painted cedar siding to no-fuss structural elements, Northworks’ solution reaches a happy medium between the classic barn look and a weekend retreat. “The best thing about this house,” explains one resident, “is that when it’s just the four of us, it feels cozy. But even when we’re hosting 25 people, it never feels crowded.”