It seems only natural that a newly built American farmhouse should reflect a measure of traditional architecture. So when Donald Lococo Architects was commissioned to build a new home in the Virginia countryside, adjacent to a century-old barn, the designers chose to gather inspiration from the nearby structure. In keeping with the time-honored feel of a generational structure, the palatial farmhouse was built with imperfection in mind. This concept called "wabi sabi" accommodates nail holes and imperfect surfaces in contrast with the clean, perfect lines of many modern homes.
The home itself is an impressive 13,300 square feet (1,235 sq. m), complete with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The exterior showcases a classic application of board and batten and stone walls. The interior continues this simplistic theme with the installation of reclaimed wood floors, large wood beams and slate flooring tiles. An especially large beam in the kitchen was extracted from an old-growth tree. These sturdy, rustic elements, coupled with a thoughtful architectural process and the surrounding landscape, ensure that this home will be present for many generations to come.
Light from a row of windows draws attention to the rough-hewn hardwood floors that flow throughout the home.
The kitchen cabinets have been painted a soft green that departs from the typical white kitchen often seen in country homes.
The installation of slate floors in the kitchen adds depth and interest to the light and airy space.
The elegant dining room features a glossy floral wallpaper applied from floor to ceiling.
Cool grey tiling and clean lines makes the spacious bathroom a serene oasis.
The back porch features an area for potting plants and a sink for the inevitable cleanup.
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