Striking forms challenge the notion of country living
City dwellers often dream of escaping the city, and some have done it — with great style. A country retreat can take many forms, but these modern takes on the classic barn shape resonate for many reasons. Built to hug the landscape, take in the country views, and optimize natural light, these modern farmhouses all work with nature to realize their homeowners’ vision.
Nestled into the hillside of Norfolk County, this modern farmhouse is one Toronto couple’s perfect antidote for big-city fatigue. “It’s really the house that claustrophobia built,” says owner Dan Nuttall, a retired landscape architect and professor, who, along with his husband Frank Infante, was looking for some breathing space outside the city.
If you’re looking to build a country retreat, take note of where the hydro poles are. For a fee, Hydro One will connect your far-flung home to the grid. It’ll cost you, though. Recently faced with that dilemma, Solares Architecture presented an alternative solution to their client: forgo the grid altogether. “We said to our clients, ‘Hey, we can do an off-the-grid project, and you’ll never have an Ontario Hydro bill again,’”
How a pair of Torontonians took their love of country modern to the next level with this Prince Edward County farmhouse. After taking regular trips to the Ontario’s county to visit friends, Kristine Remedios and John Silva, decided to find a retreat of their own, a search that saw them driving down country lanes, and stumbled on a six-acre site at its eastern edge with a dilapidated barn and farmhouse.