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A Stone Farmhouse in France Gets an Artful Update from a Paris Firm

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A Stone Farmhouse in France Gets an Artful Update from a Paris Firm

August 26, 2019

The challenge: to convert an old farm dwelling in the Loire into a modern, light-filled summer home—with minimal intervention. French firm Septembre Architecture accomplished the brief by executing subtle and discrete interventions: major overhaul not necessary. By matching the delicate color palette found in the original construction materials, the designers masterfully bridge old with new.

Photography by Linus Ricard, courtesy of Septembre Architecture.

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in the kitchen, new materials are introduced through the light wood cabinets, o 17
Above: In the kitchen, new materials are introduced through the light wood cabinets, open shelving, and a concrete floor. (See Remodeling 101: Polished Concrete Floors.)
in the living area, by opening up the ceiling to the full height of the house,  18
Above: In the living area, by opening up the ceiling to the full height of the house, the architects were able to create a mezzanine level.
vestiges of the original construction can be seen in the wood ceiling lintels. 19
Above: Vestiges of the original construction can be seen in the wood ceiling lintels.
A Stone Farmhouse in France Gets an Artful Update from a Paris Firm portrait 7
Above: The original stone fireplace. The white walls in all the rooms form a backdrop to a palette of soft, natural shades.
on the mezzanine, the simple, lightweight detailing of the metal rails contrast 21
Above: On the mezzanine, the simple, lightweight detailing of the metal rails contrasts with the heavy wood beams and stone walls of the original house.
the exposed beams are celebrated in the sparsely decorated bedroom. 22
Above: The exposed beams are celebrated in the sparsely decorated bedroom.
the existing roofline in an upstairs bedroom is left intact. 23
Above: The existing roofline in an upstairs bedroom is left intact.
the silhouette of the door follows the roofline. 24
Above: The silhouette of the door follows the roofline.
in the bathroom, double sinks stand on a welded steel custom vanity. the m 25
Above: In the bathroom, double sinks stand on a welded-steel custom vanity. The Metris Wall-Mounted Faucets are by Hansgrohe; $227.50 from YLiving.
from the exterior, there is nothing to suggest the modern renovation on the int 26
Above: From the exterior, there is nothing to suggest the modern renovation on the interior.
the farmhouse sits comfortably in the context of its surrounding village. 27
Above: The farmhouse sits comfortably in the context of its surrounding village.
on one side, a garden. 28
Above: On one side, a garden.

Before

 the original exposed beams and stone floor. 29
Above: The original exposed beams and stone floor.
in progress, painterly light included. 30
Above: In progress, painterly light included.

looking toward the garden. 31
Above: Looking toward the garden.

For more from Septembre Architecture, see their clever small-space solutions in A Place for Everything in a 900-Square-Foot Loft for Four.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 9, 2014.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the article about?

The article is about a stone farmhouse in France that has received an artful update.

Where is the farmhouse located?

The farmhouse is located in France.

What materials were used in the renovation?

The renovation used a combination of traditional and modern materials such as stone, wood, concrete, and steel.

Who was the architect responsible for the design?

The architect responsible for the design is Charles-Henri Tachon.

What was the overall concept behind the redesign?

The overall concept was to retain the original character of the farmhouse while creating a modern and comfortable living space.

What are some of the key features of the renovated farmhouse?

Some key features include a double-height living room with a wood-burning stove, a modern kitchen with concrete countertops, and a loft-style bedroom.

Were any sustainable materials used in the renovation?

Yes, the renovation used sustainable materials and incorporated energy-efficient features such as solar panels.

What was the inspiration behind the design?

The design was inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and the history of the farmhouse.

Is the farmhouse available for rent?

It is not mentioned in the article whether or not the farmhouse is available for rent.

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