Austrian architecture firm Bernardo Bader recently finished converting a dilapidated, centuries-old farmhouse into a beautifully serene country home. Set among a picturesque rolling green landscape, the timber-clad Haus Kaltschmieden farmhouse effortlessly blends into its bucolic surroundings while concealing a contemporary interior. And the architect's use of locally-sourced sustainable and repurposed materials further connects the home with its gorgeous natural setting.
The Haus Kaltshmieden was renovated on land that has been in the family for generations. Accordingly, the architects took great measures to maintain the farmhouse‘s character as they enhanced its design features to provide a beautiful home. Locally-sourced White fir was chosen for the exterior, which also complements the airy, living space on the interior.
Although strengthened structurally during the renovation process, the original shape of the rustic farmhouse remained intact as the architects reconfigured a modern, yet comfortable living space inside the home. Large open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows provide a natural-lit luminosity throughout the interior that is as healthy as it is inviting.
According to the architects, the home’s timber facade and interior installations were cut and built by hand in order to cut costs and reduce transportation costs and emissions. The wooden floor was made using the old wooden beams from the original farmhouse and the bricks used to lay the foundation were hand molded with clay by the homeowners.
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