SET AMIDST THE GOLDEN WAVES
of the eastern Washington landscape this stone farmhouse, designed by Curtis Gelotte, is inspired by the many historic precedents found throughout the rural United States. In particular, the farm houses of Pennsylvania and the Western Reserve, constructed largely of stone and wood serve as particular inspirations for this home.
STONE IS AN ANCIENT BUILDING MATERIAL
Perhaps the oldest and most permanent of materials. Selected for these qualities, this home boasts almost an entirely complete stone exterior. Readily available and durable, the stone façade anchors the home to the broad and sweeping landscape. Punctuating the stone, clapboard siding highlights connections and transitions between the massing of the home. Accenting the stone, traditional white painted wood moldings and profiles frame windows and shape the gable eaves completing the authentic look of a traditional farmhouse.
THE DESIGN TELLS A STORY
Over time, farm houses often grow and adapt to the needs of the families that inhabit them. Starting with humble beginnings as a homestead set atop a rise, the homesteader prospers and their family grows, necessitating an addition here or a renovation there.
THE LANGUAGE OF PATTERN
The design Curtis has developed for this house shows this sort of pattern language. The ‘original’ home forms the main massing of the house and contains the major functions of the great room, kitchen, family gathering and master suite. On each end of this area are ‘additions’ connected with clapboard sided circulation hallways that house the entry and office and bedrooms upstairs while at the other end of the house, the garage is in a ‘separate’ building, again connected to the main house with a clapboard sided circulation hallway and laundry room.
LARGE COVERED PORCHES
decorate the exteriors and provide the traditional connection to the outdoors with deep overhangs that keep the hot summer sun from penetrating into the house as well as providing comfortable gathering areas at the end of the day for the family to gather, tell stories and watch the sun set over the beautiful flowing hills of Eastern Washington.
THE DESIGN TEAM
Projected Completion: 2015
Principal: Curtis Gelotte
Builder: not selected
Structural: not selected
Photography: Gelotte Hommas Architecture
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