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.