Get ready to swoon over yet another stunning barn-inspired home. Chicago-based architecture and planning firm Northworks salvaged the pieces of a dilapidated 1880s barn to build the Thistle Hill Farm, an incredible eco-friendly weekend retreat that sits just above where the old barn stood. Located on 200 acres of rolling hills in western Wisconsin, the home emulates the agricultural architectural vernacular by retaining the charms of its historic farm setting, while adding beautiful contemporary details and environmentally friendly elements, including solar panels and salvaged building materials.
Built with a similar footprint to the original 19th century barn, the 4,500-square-foot Thistle Hill Farm home is clad in low-maintenance red cedar siding and topped with a tin-coated copper roof. The weekend retreat faces north and is clad in a large glass facade to maximize access to natural light and overlook panoramic views of the hills and crops. The old barn’s original limestone foundations were left intact and reused to form a retaining wall that steps down to the outdoor pool.
The interior of the home is largely built with salvaged materials from the old barn and supplemented by sustainable and locally sourced materials, such as the large central hearth crafted from local limestone. Heart pine salvaged from river-bottom trees line the floors, while the ceiling is covered in Douglas fir with a clear coat. Bespoke furnishings constructed from salvaged materials from the original barn, such as the dining table and light fixtures, decorate the open-plan dining area, kitchen, and living room. Other recycled materials are also prominently featured in the design, from the Squak Mountain Stone recycled paper and cement kitchen countertop to a large rug made from a patchwork of old textiles. On-site solar panels power the home and feed leftover energy back to the grid.
Images via Northworks