Turning an 1850’s farmhouse into a modern home often means a careful compromise between the old and the new. But the Foster Road Retreat in Iowa City seems nothing like a revamped farmhouse when you look at it from a distance. A fabulous makeover by Neumann Monson Architects gives this old and dreary structure a light-filled and cheerful new lease of life where the classic elements are toned down and modern minimalism takes over. The central focal point of the new interior is the spiral staircase that connects the living area on the lower level with the new master suite above.
It is not only the spiral material staircase that will grabs your own attention right here as the uncovered brick wall space all around help remind us softly of the home’s cherished previous. The loft level along with cleverly positioned windows plus skylights keeps the new master suite, bathroom plus walk-in wardrobe. Balancing wooden and packet with metal and cup, there is lots of textural comparison inside this particular elegant house while refined modern coatings make their own presence experienced both in the particular living region and the sleeping rooms.
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On the eco-friendly side of things, an 8. 4 KW photovoltaic panel is used to provide electricity for the house even as top-notch insulation and passive heating techniques cut back on power consumption. Add to this LED lighting and EnergyStar appliances and you have a revitalized residence where life is both merry and green! [Photography: Integrated Studio]
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