From a distance, this gabled Wisconsin building could be mistaken as a barn—but take a closer look and the curious assortment of differently sized square windows suggests the structure is something else entirely. Minnesota-based studio Salmela Architect completed this countryside home, called House for Beth, as a large and contemporary residence that draws inspiration from the local barn vernacular. Clad in natural cedar planks, the rectangular gabled house is expected to age beautifully over time.
Topped with a steep gabled roof, House for Beth is a conspicuous landmark in the flat agricultural fields of Door County, a picturesque Wisconsin county located on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The house is mostly wrapped in natural cedar siding with a portion near the bottom of the home clad in dark-colored Richlite, a paper-based fiber-composite material that will protect the wood facade. Square windows of varying sizes punctuate the facade on three sides and are framed in white to complement the timber facade and to match the white picket fence and the light-colored standing-seam metal roof.
The interior is filled with natural light and views of the agricultural landscape and forest beyond. White-painted walls complemented by timber floors and window trim feature prominently throughout the contemporary home. A black wood-burning stove and a long black strip located above the large windows provide a visually grounding effect. The home is divided into two parts: the open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen on one side that’s surrounded by large windows and, separated by a centrally located bathroom, the bedrooms on the other with smaller windows for privacy. All furnishings in the home are from IKEA.
Images via Salmela Architect, by Paul Crosby