A design for now and then.
Rowe Station’s owners, a young couple in the design industry, had a strong vision for their first home: a space both intimate and open, as comfortable for the two of them as it would be for entertaining guests. They engaged Caleb Johnson Studio to help them design a house that meets their present needs and maintains room for growth into the future.
A two-story design, with its open layout and compartmentalized spaces, suited the couple’s love of entertaining while keeping a relatively small footprint. On the first floor, guests are immediately welcomed into the open entryway that naturally flows into communal spaces organized into cozy pockets. A simple step down into the sunken living room offers a sense of separation from the dining area and kitchen. From the outside, this space seems to float over the home’s foundation.
Upstairs, the primary bedrooms, bathroom, and office space offer privacy and comfort for the homeowners. This balance between openness and detachment was carefully struck, guided by the intention to keep spaces organized and connected.
In the clearing.
The site was originally entirely wooded with a defunct tree farm, and design began before it could be cleared, generating eager anticipation for what the land would reveal. Fortunately, the landscape was well-suited to the homeowners’ vision; for example, the slope of the land was steeper than expected, which lent itself perfectly to the floating effect of the living room area.
Visitors reach the home by following a winding wooded lane guided by stone walls. A black sculptural structure rises from a lush green field surrounded by trees upon arrival. The effect is striking and inviting all at once.
Design Team: David Duncan Morris, Bud Angst, Caleb Johnson
General Contractor: R.P. Morrison Builders
Millwork & Custom Furniture: Northe Woodworking
Landscape Architect: Richardson & Associates