This house, set in a neighborhood of tall pines and rolling hills, was designed in collaboration with Owner/Interior Designer Catherine Honeycomb. The program called for a modern house with a rustic vernacular and a variety of spaces and volumes. Catherine asked that the kitchen, living and dining areas be open to each other but somewhat separate. She encouraged second floor spaces that nestled under the eaves and envisioned a large family bath to be shared by the two bedrooms on the second floor.
What emerged was this connected house/barn assembly, mixing cedar shingles with ship lap siding and a wrap-around entry porch with metal roofing. The main living spaces are adjacent to each other but clearly defined through the use of vintage oak posts and beams. The screened porch, dining room and master bedroom suite all open to a deck and a stone terrace creating a private outdoor cooking, dining and lounging area that borders the woods behind the house.
A corner room near the main entrance, the Keeping Room, provides a small, cozy spot with fireplace for reading and watching movies. A deep window seat adjacent to the stone fireplace in the living room disappears behind a large TV screen that pops up from the floor for group viewing. The kitchen and the wrap-around porch at the front of the house catch the morning sun and overlook the long front lawn and the winding drive from the street.
Second floor spaces include the family bath, two generous bedrooms and a common area with office space. One of the bedrooms opens to a bunk area for grandkids with a play loft that accesses unused space via a ship’s ladder. The house is comfortable for two but easily accommodates the grown children and grandchildren.
The collaborative process was embraced by all of the team members as creative problem solving was provided by the craftsmen of Wright-Ryan Homes, blacksmith Tim Greene of StandFast Works Forge, the stone work and landscaping of Gnome Landscapes, Design and Masonry, Matt Miller of M2 Structural Engineering and all the trades.