Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A Forest home design idea by Bruns Architecture, this cool home in Baraboo, Wisconsin has a “forest feel” to it. The elegant, understated architecture doesn’t dominate its natural forest surroundings, but blends rather beautifully thanks to its low profile, simple geometry and layers of wood, concrete and glass. The wonderful use of wood both inside and out highlights the home earthy aesthetic, but in a sleek and sophisticated way. The home is heated by a hydronic radiant heat system – the lower-level concrete slab absorbs and stores the heat, which naturally radiates up to heat the main living area. On entering through the solid wood door, the main foyer offers access to a large open-concept plan that opens to the kitchen, dining and living room, all enclosed in glass with views of the forested bluff beyond. To ensure the house feels as cozy as it looks, the building envelope is made of super insulated polyurethane SIP wall and roof panels and high-performance low-E argon windows. For more information please visit Forest Home.