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Rural Modernism: A Charming Off-Grid Home Planted In A Cornfield

The House on Limekiln Line offers a modern take on the local agricultural vernacular—plus a bunch of energy-conscious features.

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    The House on Limekiln Line, designed by Lisa Moffitt, is an off-grid home in Ontario, Canada’s rural Huron County.

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    The asymmetrical A-frame mimics the agricultural style of surrounding barns and structures.

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    The client was Moffitt’s partner’s mother, and Moffitt herself lived on-site, on and off during the three-year project. The exterior is steel clad, and designed to weather the elements.

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    A porch extends south and offers views for days.

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    Triple-glazed windows keep heat secure inside during the chilly months.

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    The incredibly high pitched ceiling offers space for a small loft area.

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    Solar roof panels generate energy used to power the entire compact spot, while water’s sourced from a well adjacent to the home.

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    A clean, modern take on rural living.

Deep in the rural heart of Ontario’s Huron County, an asymmetrical A-frame silhouette can be seen above the surrounding grass and rolling cornfields. The House on Limekiln Line takes its structural cues from the traditional style of its barn-y brethren, but the off-grid abode employs a host of modern features that ensure minimal impact, while taking maximum advantage of the amazing landscape that stretches out on all sides.

The design-build commission was a close-knit affair for Lisa Moffitt: the client was her partner’s mother; family members and local farmers and craftsmen helped construct the 925-square-foot structure; and Moffitt herself lived on-site on and off during the three-year project.

Solar roof panels generate energy used to power the entire compact spot, while water’s sourced from a well adjacent to the home (natch). Triple glazed windows are strategically placed along the steel-clad exterior to give views in all directions; when closed, they keep heat in during the chilly season, and when the weather warms up they can be opened to allow for a nice cross-breeze. The aesthetic of the interior is clean and uncluttered, with wooden window and door frames that complement the crisp white walls that stretch up to the airy, vaulted ceiling—testament to the fact that smart, efficient design can be truly livable, and beautiful.

For more backstory on the über-efficient House on Limekiln Line, check out Alex Bozikovic’s feature over at Dwell.

(h/t Dezeen)