Rural Renewal

Rural Renewal

This sprawling stone farmhouse is one of 14 buildings on 640 acres of land in Pennsylvania. The reconfigured main house blends existing structural elements with salvaged and regional materials.

Rural Renewal

A two-story skylit entry hall announces the public entrance. Slicing through the house from front to back, the atrium holds an open staircase and bridge leading to second-floor bedrooms. The living room is on the right; kitchen and orangery on the left.

Rural Renewal

The north-facing wing's first-floor library and second-floor master bath focus views across the gardens to the dairy barn and farm animals. The stone steps are on axis with the living room opening; beyond is the orangery.

Rural Renewal

A ridge skylight floods the master bath with light. Sunlight plays up the soft finishes of salvaged and found materials.

Rural Renewal

Casework was made from oak reclaimed from a 100-year-old barn.

Rural Renewal

The worn blue door, found in a local warehouse, marks a service entrance between the kitchen and orangery.

Rural Renewal

Seventeeth-century French oak floors, some original to the house, were planed down and given a velvety finish rather than a hard sheen. The master bedroom's walls re-create the existing house's old wood lintels and white parge coating.

Rural Renewal

Light, materiality, and reuse are common themes throughout the house.

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