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Farm-Fresh Design: A New World Farmhouse in the Midwest

This modern farmhouse can give you the illusion that you may not be in Kansas anymore.

At the top of a quiet Midwestern hillside lies a surprisingly modern—and very sustainable—farmhouse.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
The Leuthardts’ modern farmhouse provides a splash of color on a Missouri hillside.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
One wall of the exercise room is taken up by a grid of built-in cabinets, which serves as art as well as storage.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
A screened porch overlooking the pond is a great way to enjoy early summer evenings—without bugs.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
The kitchen is the house’s “art piece,” says architect Kurt Gastinger.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
In the dining area, light from a round window is filtered by a special screen designed by local artists Rie Egawa and Burgess Zbryk. The screen has wooden slats that can be turned to change the amount of light that comes through, or it can be moved aside to become a room divider.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
1 Master Bedroom 2 Master Bathroom and Closets 3 Exercise Room 4 Hall to Main Floor
Illustration By Gayle Ford
Various pieces from the Leuthardts’ impeccable modern art collection adorn the walls, but the centerpiece of the living room is a towering sculpture of prairie grass. The room is also furnished with many modernist classics, including the De Stijl Red/Blue chair.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
1 Kitchen 2 Porch 3 Snow Plow Garage 4 Dining Area 5 Mud Room 6 Garage 7 Entry Hall 8 Living Room 9 Library 10 Guest Room and Baths 11 Guest Room 12 Farm Office
Illustration By Gayle Ford
Annelies and Franz Leuthardt built a nontraditional farmhouse on their Missouri acres.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
The utility area, accessible through the garage, provides a place to set groceries and hang coats. Plenty of light enters through the glass-block window to the main foyer, but visitors don’t see any of the mess. On the right wall, four small stained-glass windows repeat the primary colors of the house’s exterior.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
The five-acre pond allows for plenty of summer swimming for Franz and Annelies who share it-chemical free-with local wildlife.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
A sleek bathroom upstairs is separate from the bedroom to accommodate different schedules.
Photography By Michael Shopenn
The sunny yellow kitchen gets a jolt of color from the garden harvest. Tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, raspberries, turnips, and eggs from the ­resident chickens all find their way into meals.
Photography By Michael Shopenn

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