House of the Week: An Eco-Friendly Family Retreat Built with Reclaimed Materials

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Built with pieces from an approximately 130-year-old barn, this modern Wisconsin dwelling was by far this week's most popular house tour.

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. Photo  of House of the Week: An Eco-Friendly Family Retreat Built with Reclaimed Materials modern home

With the help of Chicago-based architecture and planning firm Northworks, a family of four brought its vision of a sustainable and hardy modern barn to fruition. The newly constructed 4,500-square-foot weekend home, located in southwest Wisconsin, stands next to the footprint of a dilapidated barn that came with the property. The barn was disassembled by Northworks and the resulting materials were used to create custom furniture and details such as the home's limestone hearth and retaining wall near its pool.

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. Photo  of House of the Week: An Eco-Friendly Family Retreat Built with Reclaimed Materials modern home

The homeowners needed a kitchen that could hold the 20 or so friends and family members they usually host on holidays and reunions. 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.

Don’t let its traditional silhouette fool you: this home features a grid-tied solar photovoltaic array just south of the property, which supplies the family’s annual average powers usage. Large steel beams and columns flank the patio, framing views of the landscape. Photo  of House of the Week: An Eco-Friendly Family Retreat Built with Reclaimed Materials modern home

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.”

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. Photo  of House of the Week: An Eco-Friendly Family Retreat Built with Reclaimed Materials modern home

The hardwood floors are heart pine salvaged from the bottom of Lake Superior. Far from the dark, cavernous barns of the Midwest, tall ceilings and an open floor plan creates an airy interior.

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