By Twin Cities standards, Donna Brogan and Bert Hodous' new house is avant-garde. By rural Wisconsin standards, it's downright eccentric.
"I was a little worried that people would think it was too unusual," Brogan said of the modernist home she and her husband recently built on their 200-acre hobby farm, located near Blair, Wis. "But response has been good. It speaks to people. It kind of surprised me."
If the house speaks to neighboring farm folk, one reason might be the familiarity of what inspired it: old barns.
The couple's 1,700-square-foot house is built inside a shell of white-oak slats that resemble gapping, weathered barnwood. It was the closest their architect could get to his original idea: building a new home inside the couple's 100-year-old barn, which intrigued him when he first visited the property.