September 2019 – Silvopasture Farmstead is a new eclectic modern farmhouse build tentatively breaking-ground in late summer 2020 on a 60-acre property in St. Paul, Indiana (near Shelbyville).
Our clients, who recently moved to Indiana from Jersey City, NJ, will live adjacent to family-owned acreage currently used for farmland. Our clients have the long-view in-mind. Most certainly, this is the house and property they hope to live-in for many years. It’s the hope that the structures we design and build will still be standing and useful in 300 years.
So with that in-mind, we are certainly planning for resilience and low-maintenance. For example, we are planning to utilize ICF-insulated concrete forms for all walls with extra R-value details and super-insulated roof structure. Also, we’re planning for enough solar to achieve net-zero in this all-electric powered project. These are some of many high-efficiency features for this house – we’ll share more in the near future.
In addition to the phase-one primary residence, the long-term plan includes a future barn, possible observatory, and comprehensive silvopasture site planning and implementation. There will be livestock and abundant trees, my friends!
Clients: Private Owners (relocating from New Jersey back home near family)
Architecture: HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles with Client
Interior Design: HAUS with Client
Site Design Consultant: Quantum Land Design
Builder/Construction Manager: TBD
Photography/Renderings: HAUS (except where noted otherwise)
The Design Process – Silvopasture Farmstead:
The Property is in the “Agricultural Conservation” zoning district. Significantly, the zoning code has a special exemption allowing client to build a single family home on any area not labeled “prime farmland” on the USDA soil survey. The design for the primary single-family dwelling was inspired by classic traditional farmhouses with a few modern details to navigate his and her aesthetic preferences. We have a great start, but still have work to complete once we confirm budgets relative to current scopes. For sure, we’ll share more about the design process in the near future, including the various site planning goals and layout.
Budget Pricing Documents:
In early 2020, we completed basic construction documents. Specifically, we will use these documents to confirm we are on-track with our budgets. Overall, pricing for major scopes will be completed in mid-spring. Then, we’ll have a better idea on what the next steps will involve.
Fall 2020 – Owner holding for possible construction starting spring/summer 2021. In the meantime, farmstead improvements are underway, including ponds, land cultivation/conservation, and the addition of friendly livestock!
Construction Begins – Silvopasture Farmstead:
Drone Video – ICF Wall Progress
(Video by Owner – Summer 2021)
Drone Video – ICF Gable End-Wall Progress
(Video by Owner – Summer 2021)
Drone Video – ICF Walls Completed + Roof Framing In-Progress
(Video by Owner – Fall 2021)
Please check back for project story updates!