Imagination is the greatest power that an Architect brings to a home project. And Linton Architects of Durham, NC needed plenty of it to visualize this incredible transformation.
This plain-Jane off-the-rack cabin was less than memorable, but one step at a time, it became something unforgettable.
The finished home is high-style modern – about as far as you can be from the style of the original! I love how they’ve exaggerated the classic farmhouse forms just a bit, giving the home a distinct personality. The “split” between to two parts of the house is a neat architectural trick, and the slim porch posts, made of steel angles, gives a strong hint that this won’t be a typical farmhouse on the inside.
Inside, the ceiling soars all the way to the second-floor roof. Another vault at the very top allows light to spill in from the two gable-end windows. Modern/industrial details are everywhere – the cable-rail and steel tube railing; the exposed spiral ductwork; the lighting fixtures; and the oversized ceiling fans (and yes, the company that makes them really is called Big Ass Fans).
The second-floor overhang covers the kitchen and brings this room back to scale. Here, the simple forms of a farmhouse mix well with the more modern elements. I’m intrigued by the marble backsplash wall, which seems an extension of the countertops, and the island, where the flooring flows up and over.