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The trio immersed themselves in the region, touring local quarries, farms and salvage yards. "My clients appreciate modern design, but they also deeply admire the local building forms and traditions," says DeForest. "Through our homework process, we worked together to come up with a blend that built on tradition rather than reproducing or rejecting it."
The home's form borrows heavily from the rural Iowa vernacular, right down to the exterior color and the window placed like a hayloft door. "From the exterior, the house appears as a classic form amid sweeping fields and surrounding woods," describes DeForest.
Wood accents continue down a slatted storage wall that divides the main living space from the master bedroom. "Geoff and Joanna wanted to avoid dividing the house up into cubicles of white wallboard; this wall creates an open, airy feeling without sacrificing privacy," he says. The plywood boxes can be rearranged depending on storage and display desires.
To the right is an enclosed sunporch running the length of one side of the house. "The porch enjoys a sweeping view, so we wanted it to get as much use as possible," says DeForest. It backs up to the bedroom, so he created a panel wall made of fabric between the two. This allows the bedroom to be hidden from view during a dinner party, then opened up to the spectacular views of the sunporch after the guests are gone.