Just Listed: Open-Plan House in Newtown Square
What might a barn designed from the ground up for human habitation look like? You now have an answer to this question.
“What, were you raised in a barn?”
If you decide to make this most original house for sale in Newtown Square your home, your children may be forgiven if they forget to close doors in other houses, for there are almost no doors to close in this one.
Designed in 1999 by the award-winning Philadelphia firm of Kruhly Architects for a family by the name of Piriesi, this house answers a question you probably didn’t know anyone asked:
What if you built a barn from the ground up for humans to live in?
This contemporary remix of traditional Chester County rural architecture is as novel an answer to that question as I’ve ever seen.
In form, the exterior takes its cues from traditional barns with its double-pitched sloped roof and wood-and-brick walls. Yet it also incorporates the modernist desire to blend the man-made and the natural thanks to the large expanse of windows that rise two stories and frame the main living area.
The remixing continues on the inside with a novel take on the open plan.
Instead of just having a main floor that combines living, dining and food preparation areas into a single unified whole, this house opens up its two bedrooms as well, turning them into exceptionally well-appointed sleeping lofts.
The interior space is defined by the roof, which is supported by exposed wood trusses as it would be in an actual barn, and the array of single-pane windows that make the living and dining spaces an extension of this house’s two-acre wooded lot.
A rear patio on the other side of those windows lets you entertain outdoors while enjoying the view of those woodlands and the stream that runs through them.
A separate deck in the rear of the lot lets you relax in the middle of them.
This blending of Pennsylvania farm country tradition and modernist principles makes this house truly unique. If you are in search of a truly unique residence, you may end your search now. And the really good news is, you can afford to buy it.
THE FINE PRINT
SQUARE FEET: 2,029
SALE PRICE: $499,000
6024 Goshen Rd., Newtown Square, Pa. 19073 [Heidi Foggo | Compass]