Located on a large lot overlooking the Mississippi River in Illinois, Berglund Architects was responsible for the conceptual design and construction drawing review of this 9,000 sf residence. The design of the home was conceived during a 2-day collaborative charrette/work session in Port Byron to discuss the owner’s vision of home, walk the site, stake a potential house layout on site and collaboratively sketch diagrammatic layouts and conceptual plans.
The owner’s vision was for the house to have a “Mountain Contemporary” aesthetic with clean lines and refined detailing incorporating natural materials. The final design includes a formal entry, great room with living room, kitchen and dining room, a breakfast nook, pantry, master bedroom suite, mud room and laundry, 3 car garage, and in-law quarters separated from the house by the garage on the main level. Also on this level is a screened porch and covered outdoor room incorporating a second indoor-outdoor living, kitchen and dining area that opens onto a generous patio and pool deck. The second level houses 4 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a family/game room in the loft space overlooking the great room.
The home has a rich palette of materials including wood, stone and metal that is expressed in both the interior and exterior spaces. Corten steel siding and the expressed structure of large steel cable trusses give the house a contemporary industrial feel that is softened by the gentle curve of the roof and warm wood tones throughout.