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     This home stretches the notion of “renovation.” The original farmstead home, more than weary, bore the brunt of multiple owners that exacted a heavy toll. Our client purchased this Wisconsin property mainly for the land, but couldn’t bring himself to tear down the sagging structure. After working with us to design a solar-powered hot tub, a bridge over a spring-fed trout stream, and a souped-up chicken coop, our client asked us to renovate the home with a new two-story “attached barn.” We were asked to respect nostalgic forms, yet employ a sophisticated active solar-hot-water mechanical system and a wind generator.  The finished project synthesizes an abundance of green features, is built to perform for another 100 years, and can pretty much run itself free off the electrical grid and fossil fuel year round. Given distant southern view, reintroduced bluestem in abundance, and migrating sand hill cranes, this farmstead has traveled a great distance back towards self-sufficiency from the desperate ruin in which we found it.
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