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Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad Holder

Take a tour of the ground floor gathering spaces in this Scandinavian-inspired stunner

Come on in!

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderAmy enjoys hosting out-of-town family and friends, who, she says, frequently “bring bags and stay for two nights, with all the kids.” Two sets of double glass doors under the covered entry draw visitors in with a sight line that extends all the way through to the backyard.

Siding: Real Cedar; Exterior stain: Cabot Stain; Glass entry doors: Sierra Pacific Windows; Pavers, steps: Polycor

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderA limestone bench provides a place to enjoy the view of the valley and outbuildings or to wait for and greet guests upon arrival

Show-stopping stairway

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderThe spacious, airy feel of the open-plan house envelops guests as soon as they walk in the door. Immediately upon entering, they encounter one of the home’s most dramatic features: a two-story vaulted stairwell. “I love seeing people’s reactions when they come into the space,” Amy says.

Floating stairs, glass railing: Viewrail; Paint: Super White (walls), Simply White (ceilings) by Benjamin Moore

Clean, uncluttered entryway

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderInside the front entry, a small bench provides a place to pull off shoes before entering the house. Beneath the beautiful cement floors, a hydronic radiant heating system provides quiet, even temperatures that keeps the warmth at your feet (where you need it) and not up in the ceiling.

Paint: Super White (walls), Simply White (ceilings) by Benjamin Moore; Cedar: Real Cedar
Hydronic heat: Uponor

“Amy and Eli are going to be active on the farm and get muddy, so the surfaces needed to be durable. We wanted to keep the materials simple and honest.” —COLIN OGLESBAY,Architect

Entry closet

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderAnd tucked just out of sight off the entry, a mudroom/closet has plenty of storage for coats, hats, and boots.

Mudroom: Lifespan Closets

Pristine powder room

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderJust off the entry, the powder room’s live-edge console—Amy’s design—holds a black marble vessel sink accented with a bronze pendant and a wall-mount faucet.

Vanity: Custom designed by Amy Matthews, fabricated by Bill McCallum; Fixtures: Brizo; Lighting: Circa Lighting

Center-stage cook station

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderCustom-built white oak island cabinets are topped by a 4-by-12-foot counter with bar seating. This is a working kitchen: fridge on the left, a range with a pot filler in the center, and a multipurpose “hearth oven” on the right. Full-height cabinets at the rear, plus undercounter cabinets, mean there’s plenty of storage.

Cabinetry: designed by Amy Matthews, site-built by Terry Hempleman and Bill McCallum; Sink, faucet, pot-filler: Elkay; Countertop, backsplash: Caesarstone; Appliances: Monogram; Lighting: Rejuvenation; Paint: Super White (walls), Simply White (ceilings) by Benjamin Moore

Kitchen island for two—or more

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderWhen it’s just Amy and her son Eli, the two will share meals at the island. But at 12-feet long, it’s also the perfect gather-round spot for get-togethers with family and friends.

Cabinetry: designed by Amy Matthews, site-built by Terry Hempleman and Bill McCallum; Pot-filler: Elkay; Countertop, backsplash: Caesarstone

Hidden pantry

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderThe secret to Amy’s streamlined kitchen? Just around the corner, a pantry is hidden behind the wall, accessed via a touch-latch door; inside, a bar sink, a microwave, more small appliances, and lots of shelving allow the kitchen countertops to remain clear.

Cabinetry: designed by Amy Matthews, site-built by Terry Hempleman and Bill McCallum; Sink, faucet: Elkay; Countertop: Caesarstone; Wall oven: Monogram

Built-in beverage bar

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderA wine bar keeps dozens of bottles at the ready, thanks to a four-zone wine fridge with a drawer for ice, as well as one for beer and other beverages. White oak cabinets, custom-built on site, hold a bar sink and paneled dishwasher. A white quartz counter and antique mirror backsplash brighten the space.

Cabinetry: designed by Amy Matthews, site-built by Terry Hempleman and Bill McCallum;Ceiling: Real Cedar, stained with Minwax; Wine accessory: Rejuvenation; Sink, faucet: Elkay Countertop: Caesarstone; Wine fridge, dishwasher: Monogram; Mirrored backsplash: Omega National Products, fabricated by GlassArt Design

Go with the glow

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderAlthough Amy loves the clean, dramatic look of open, modern architecture, she also wanted her home to feel comfortable and intimate. To help create a cozy vibe, she installed LED lights underneath the cabinets in the kitchen and beverage bar (shown here) and elsewhere around the house, explaining, “it just kind of glows.”

Sink, faucet: Elkay; Countertop: Caesarstone; Mirrored backsplash: Omega National Products, fabricated by GlassArt Design

Kitchen connection

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderThe kitchen and living room communicate seamlessly, making for a fun party scene. Dome pendant task lighting illuminates the island, which is outfitted with a two-tiered undermount sink that features integrated cutting boards for easy prep and cleanup. Wood windows painted black offer a crisp contrast to the all-white interior.

Windows: Sierra Pacific Windows; Lighting: Rejuvenation; Sink, faucet: Elkay; Countertop: Caesarstone; Paint: Super White (walls), Simply White (ceilings) by Benjamin Moore

Comfort zone

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderWall-to-wall windows in the serene living room bring the outdoors in, but not the cold weather! Like the rest of the ground floor, this 20-foot-wide space has hydronic heat under the polished concrete floors to keep toes toasty, with the gas fireplace supplying an additional 24,000 BTUs of warmth. The dual-glazed windows throughout have three layers of low-e coating to save energy and boost comfort.

Windows: Sierra Pacific Windows; Fireplace wall: Real Cedar; Fireplace wall stain: Minwax; In-floor hydronic heat: Uponor

Company-ready dining room

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderOne of two flat-roofed extensions, the dining room has 180-degree views, bringing interest in every season. “I wanted the feeling of sitting in a snow globe,” says Amy, “with weather all around.”

Windows: Sierra Pacific Windows

Sunroom for family fun

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderBuilt on the south side of the house, the sunroom, like the dining room, is a flat-roofed extension lined with windows. This relaxed out-of-the-way space is perfect for curling up with a book, playing board games, or gazing out at the natural world.

Windows: Sierra Pacific Windows; Table and floor lamps: Circa Lighting; Paint: Super White (walls), Simply White (ceilings) by Benjamin Moore

Custom barn doors

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderSolid-core birch and oak barn doors—featuring custom milled grooves for textural interest, and the same black stain used on the hearth and exterior panels—afford some privacy and sound-deadening as the space will eventually be home to the TV.

Barn doors: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods; Barn door hardware: Emtek; Barn door stain: Minwax

Shaded sitting porch

Modern Barnhouse, 2021 Idea House, Minnesota
Chad HolderThis sheltered sitting area in front of the sunroom looks out onto the front yard. The black-stained horizontal wood accent is echoed around the house, indoors and out. On the far end of the property sits an onsite storage container Amy used to safely store decorative pieces throughout the building process.

Siding: Real Cedar; Exterior stain: CabotWindows: Sierra Pacific Windows; Onsite storage: PODS

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