Projects Photographs: Integrated Studio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Integrated Studio+ 16 Share United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884194/foster-road-retreat-neumann-monson-architects Clipboard M2B Products used in this ProjectMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Flat Lock TilesHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniElectric:Advanced Electric Inc.City:Iowa CityCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Integrated StudioText description provided by the architects. The retreat for an urban developer integrates minimalist elements into a modest 1850’s farmhouse. Over the years, well-intentioned accretions—ornamental dormers, an incongruous addition, and a cavernous porch—had cloaked the house in a dog’s dinner. Demolishing these elements yields tailored alterations that sympathetically update the house for modern use. A weathered steel fence demarcates the property, its encircled lawn providing a sanctuary of stone paths and shade trees. Although housing developments have replaced the fields beyond, the homestead still strikes a commanding air.Save this picture!Renovation DiagramThe retreat’s modest exterior belies the spaciousness of the main floor. Masonry and timber are left exposed, while new surfaces receive variations of white. Details are minimized to let wood, brick, steel, and light converse. A remnant of the original masonry fireplace anchors the composition, skirted by a suspended steel stair. The stair provides access to the bedroom suite above, tucked within existing roof geometries. Fully-glazed dormers provide essential headroom, bathing the attic in light and framing views of trees and sky. The intimate suite includes a bedroom, bathroom, and laundry/closet.Save this picture!© Integrated StudioThe retreat presents an understated choreography of new and old. It expresses deep respect for the humble old farmhouse without delving into nostalgia, reveling in the rural past, or fetishizing fixtures and finishes. Closed cell foam insulates the roof and wall; a closed-loop, a horizontally-bored geothermal system provides climate control; and an 8.4 KW photovoltaic array powers the mechanical system, LED lighting, and EnergyStar appliances. The result is a comfortably stylish upgrade, assertively and unselfconsciously modern.Save this picture!© Integrated StudioSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Integrated StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessA Virtual Look Inside Case Study House #7 by Thornton M AbellArticlesMorphosis Hits Construction Milestones Around The WorldArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884194/foster-road-retreat-neumann-monson-architects Clipboard Photographs Area: 2063 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project HVAC: E&J Geothermal Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description “COPY” 2017 CopyHouses, Renovation•Iowa City, United States Foster Road Retreat / Neumann Monson Architects Architects: Neumann Monson Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeNeumann Monson ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationIowa CityUnited StatesPublished on November 24, 2017Cite: “Foster Road Retreat / Neumann Monson Architects” 24 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.