Large modern country home with gabled roof

With its sleek lines, modern materials and sweeping driveway, this country home offers a contemporary take on the traditional farmhouse

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Large modern country home with gabled roof

Building a new house in a rural setting is all about finding the best building site. For this project, it was a prominent ridge that appealed to the owners and architect Brent Hulena.

"We wanted the house to settle down into the landscape, so the ridge was cut and filled to create a level building platform," Hulena says. "This also meant we could create a processional entry, with a long cobbled driveway and a large porte cochére, which is a modern version of a traditional farmhouse porch."


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Gas fire in large home office

The house forms an L shape, with the living spaces centred at the knuckle of the L. To provide separation, one wing houses family bedrooms, and the other features a guest area and service rooms. The master suite, a sitting room and expansive office are on the upper level.

"To bring a sense of order to the large house, we created a series of courtyards, starting with the arrival courtyard. And there are terraces on the northeast and northwest, so there is always an outdoor area that is sheltered from the wind."

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White walls in this circulation area provide a soft, yet crisp backdrop for furnishings and artworks. The wall and ceiling painting is by Artisan Painting Decorating.

Hulena specified materials that would give the house a sophisticated look one that wouldn't date. The architect says the house is also defined by the high quality of the build.

Jun 28, 2014
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