House Tour: Stone Farmhouse Addition

While striving to honor the provenance of the original stone farmhouse, Wyant Architecture created a spacious and contemporary new family home.

  1. Original Stone Farmhouse

    Old Stone Farmhouse

    Built in the late 1700s, the original two-story Pennsylvania stone farmhouse had a cramped, compartmentalized layout. For Jeffery Wyant and Maria Keares Wyant of Wyant Architecture the challenge was twofold: to honor the original architecture while creating a bright, airy, contemporary space for the family.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  2. A New Look


    “We ultimately decided to make only minor modifications to the original living space and instead open it onto the new addition,” says Maria. The resulting addition, which features a sleek master suite and a light-filled great room, expanded the family’s living space by roughly 2,000 square feet.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  3. Exterior View

    Farmhouse at Night

    The Wyants united the exterior of the structures by sheathing the new addition with nearly identical stones purchased from a neighboring farm.  The windows form a clerestory beneath the roof line before wrapping around the side of the house to fill the master bedroom gable. "It makes the whole composition lighter, like the roof is floating on top of the stone wall," Jeffrey says.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  4. Front Entry

    Farmhouse Front Door

    Besides creating more expansive common areas, one of the architects’ main goals was to redesign and re-orient the entryway. The aluminum-clad, fixed casement windows rise to the second floor and help blend the old with the new.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  5. The Copper Roof

    Country Farmhouse

    Riffing off the house’s original copper downspouts, the Wyants chose a standing-seam copper roof, which they extended down to create the wall at the rear elevation of the addition. “The copper will age and patina,” says Jeffrey. “It was shiny and bright when we first installed it, but it oxidized right away to a warm, bronze color.”

    Jeffrey Totaro

  6. From Inside

    Farmhouse Interior

    “When we drafted the plans for the new entryway, we wanted the connection between the addition and the original structure to be very thin and glassy, with the glass itself becoming a design element that served as a separator,” notes Maria.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  7. Family Room

    Farmhouse Floor Plan

    Instead of wood floors, a Burlington Stone from Stone Source was used on the ground level and the terrace beyond the great room’s glass wall.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  8. Terrace

    Farmhouse Terrace

    “The terrace is protected on three sides—by the addition, a wing off the 18th-century structure, and the stone guest house—so it feels very intimate, which is nice, since the farmland beyond it is so open and vast," notes Maria.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  9. Materials

    Farmhouse Brick

    Just as the exterior unites traditional and modern elements, so does the interior. Sustainable palm wood paves the floors on the second floor, and a striking staircase features reclaimed lumber for the treads and a custom-designed railing made from plate steel.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  10. Master Bath

    Master Bathroom

    Outfitted with a freestanding soaking tub, the open-design master bath pairs standard-issue white tiles with Erin Adams' Zen Weave graphic tiles from Anne Sacks. As a backdrop for the tub, 12-by-24-inch porcelain tiles with a copper patina are installed horizontally.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  11. Japanese Rain Chain

    Japanese Rain Chain

    The architects also installed a traditional Japanese-style rain chain on the terrace. “The chain hangs away from the building and becomes a water feature in stormy weather. The water’s both visible and audible, as it travels down the chain into the stone drainage bed below,” says Maria.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  12. Rear View

    Farmhouse Rear View

    Besides the spacious master bedroom and its 400-square-foot deck, the second level of the addition includes a home office and a wide stair hall that connects the original and new portions of the house.

    Jeffrey Totaro

  13. Learn More...

    Farmhouse Exterior

    For more on this project, check out the main feature, Farmhouse Addition. For related articles and slide shows, consider:

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