There are three basic building settings in Door County, Wisconsin: the lake shore, the forest, and the farm field. Although the number of farmsteads have reduced over time, many weathered pine-sided barns still exist. The ones left have a memorable quality to their stature. Beth loves the open farm field landscape of the area.
This project is in many ways her vision. The House for Beth has a stepped steep roof form with a lean-to on the back. It is simply a three room structure with a bath and the mechanical taking place in the lean too. It is partially surrounded by white board fences which define the parking area and pathway to the house.
The building runs east to west with terrace areas on the north and south. The standing metal seam roofs are light reflecting and the siding is natural cedar left to age. A splash band of black Richlite wraps the base of the house to protect the wood siding. The white windows and trim articulate with the board fences and compliment the natural ageing materials.
The interiors consist of simple white drywall with natural pine finished floors. Windows, trim and a repeated black band from the exterior setting lies on top of a continuous pine shelf. The kitchen is fresh with white casework and stone counter tops highlighted by the blue tile cooking surround. The furnishings are all from Ikea, red chairs and all..