Modern Victorian Farmhouse designed by Silvio Rech Lesley Carstens Architecture and Interiors. ‘It’s like a pure modernist building, but instead of concrete, we’ve used railway sleepers,’ explains Silvio. ‘The owners didn’t want it to look like a new building. They wanted it to feel warm and to look old and weathered.’ Unexpected materials have been used for ordinary objects. A chromed wheelbarrow and shovel, for instance, add an element of glamour to the act of lighting a fire.