Vernacular-inspired Delaware home built with recycled barn wood

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This single-family house in Delaware combines modern design with traditional, rural architecture and a whole lot of recycled materials. The barn was built using wood from a nearby barn slated for demolition, minimizing waste without compromising style. Architecture firm DIGSAU drew inspiration from traditional construction techniques with this loft-like space with a strong connection to nature.

The house, called Rural Loft, is located in an area of Delaware dominated by agriculture. It channels the local vernacular and references the form and materiality of barns. In fact, its exterior cladding was made using wood reclaimed from an agricultural structure planned to be demolished.

The interior spaces are organized around a central core with bathrooms, storage spaces and utilities. Sliding doors open onto two exterior decks and blur the line between inside and outside. A rain screen made from reclaimed barn wood siding facilitates air circulation and keeps the house well ventilated.

Vernacular-inspired Delaware home built with recycled barn wood

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