Progressive Farmhouse

From across the field, this white farmhouse strikes a familiar pose, tall and proud, like the one just down the road.

Yet this house was not built like its predecessors from the past–this house was built using a thermal mass foundation and structural insulated panel (SIP) walls and roof to create an energy efficient shell. The house was designed for LEED certification, so design and material choices both inside and out were carefully selected with sustainability in mind.

The details of the house draw from the outbuildings on a typical farm: a cupola, galvanized steel components, exposed structure and a corn crib stair. The cupola centers over the stair, creating a well of circulation for people, light and air. This new farmhouse, designed with rural common sense, global responsibility and Midwestern style, breathes new life into an old farmstead.

Project Team

Jean Rehkamp Larson, Ryan Lawinger


Dovetail Renovation

Interior Design

Design 29


Peter Kerze, Rob Lagerstrom


Fine Homebuilding August/September 2017
The Progressive Farmer Magazine November 2008
Star Tribune October 4, 2009
Architecture MN May/June 2009
Mpls. St. Paul Home & Design Magazine Summer 2010
Builder Magazine November 2012
Home of the Month 2009
RAVE Awards 2010

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