Dream modern country house named The Orchards designed by .
In response to the family’s desire for a warm, practical and interactive interior that is ecologically responsible, all first floor rooms are interconnected and are clad in quartered American white oak. Limestone floors repel dirt while conducting radiant heat. The master bath shower platform is certified sustainable Ipe. Above the two-story cross axial atrium, a skylight floods the dining table with soft diffused light. Second story bedrooms carpeted in sea grass all spill out onto the balcony that shares this light as it surrounds the family eating space below. This is a house designed as a serene retreat for its adults as well as a treat for its young children whose bedrooms each sport lofts for playmates while overlooking the two-story great room whose fireplaces are Fond du Lac limestone from neighboring Wisconsin. An endless pool provides winter time entertainment and exercise while the staircase off the atrium also leads down to a family playroom below. This is a homestead that its family will never outgrow. The young couple plans to retire here in their own nature conservancy and welcome grandchildren some day.
The home takes its architectural inspiration from the whitewashed Midwestern vernacular of the region – gable roofed barns, conical silos and slatted corn cribs. The home was designed in response to the family’s desire for a warm, practical and interactive interior that is ecologically responsible. It is a serene retreat for its adults as well as a treat for its young children and is a homestead that its family will never outgrow.