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Raising the Barn: Modern Home, Old-Fashioned Design

A contemporary Lake Michigan home relies on good, old-fashioned design—with a twist

Inspired by a country barn, this vacation home on Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay stays warm during frigid Wisconsin winters, thanks to energy-efficient features such as radiant in-floor heating and an air-to-air heat exchanger.
Photo By Barry Rustin
To combat cold winters on Lake Mighigan, an energy-efficient wood stove in the family room warms the air throughout the open space. "You're not wasting any hot air in this house," architect Nathan Kipnis says.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Beneath the bowed ceiling, bamboo cabinets and countertops made from a blend of concrete and recycled glass warm up stainless-steel, Energy Star kitchen appliances.
Photo By Barry Rustin
In the winter, the Klobucars' curved ceilings direct warm air to the ventilation tower, where fans blow the heat back toward the home. Zoned radiant in-floor heating keeps toes toasty—but only in rooms where warmth is needed.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Concrete countertops that contain recycled glass add drama to the master bathroom.
Photo By Barry Rustin
Fans in the house ensure that warm air from the lower-level, high-efficiency stove rises to the second-floor office, where floors are readily renewable bamboo and the view is endless.
Photo By Barry Rustin
The master bedroom occupies its own wing, one of four distinct areas in the house that architect Nathan Kipnis designed for maximum energy efficiency.
Photo By Barry Rustin

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