"The plan is a simple cross. Historical farmhouses had simple overhangs to get rainwater out and away from the barn. We played off of that idea by doing a zero overhang on the back side and doing overhangs of up to 8 feet on the white side," says Costello. The biggest challenge for Costello and his design firm: The city of Wayzata's government staff objected to the farmhouse's contemporary spirit. Costello says, "Wayzata is a quaint suburb of Minneapolis, and they have a provision in their code that basically says that they can deny building permits based on architectural style and design. Thankfully, my client believed strongly in what we were creating and fought the city for a year to build what he wanted. He triumphed in the end."