Off the Grid: A Modern Farm, Sans Electricity by

Issue 26 · Farmhouse Style · June 27, 2012

Off the Grid: A Modern Farm, Sans Electricity

Issue 26 · Farmhouse Style · June 27, 2012

When London architects Hackett Holland restored a 19th century farmhouse in North Wales, they took a sustainable, modern approach. But did we mention that there is no electricity (it's pending)?

Jane Hackett and Jonathan Holland have set their sights on achieving global sustainability; the design partners believe that the architecture of the future must be responsive to its surrounding environment. Holland, an alumnus of the Prince of Wales Institute and a frequent collaborator with the Princes Foundation for the Built Environment, eschews the “fashionable late 20th-century notion of architecture as objects in space.” With this farmhouse and its surrounding outbuildings, which they have restored close to their original state, the architects have created a considered response that is functional, practical, and formed through the use of good quality sustainable materials—this is what modern means to them.

N.B.: We've been told that electricity is on its way; once a renewable source is found.


Above: Built in 1805, abandoned in 1948, and vacant for 40 years, the farmhouse and outbuildings were restored; the roof was recovered in thick local Welsh slate.


Above: A map of the northern Welsh coast sits on a shelf above the wooden bed in this small guest bedroom.


Above: A rustic wooden staircase leads upstairs from the living room. The original slate slabs have been scrubbed and sealed with linseed oil and turpentine.


Above: A brass oil lamp hangs from the beamed ceiling above the table in the kitchen. All the oak rafters and beams are original.


Above: The kitchen/dining room is furnished with a Welsh dresser, a large kitchen table, and a wooden sofa covered in cushions.


Above: A large inglenook fireplace dominates one end of the living room.


Above: A handmade wooden four-poster bed stands under the beamed ceiling of this attic bedroom.


Above: The rolling hills of North Wales are visible through the bedroom window.


Above: Simple white sheets, a Welsh blanket, and floral curtains complete the farmhouse style.


Above: Running water was brought in during the renovation.

N.B.: Looking for more farm house inspiration? See our favorite images of barns in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.

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