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Spotlight on Scandinavian Design

In this Q&A event sponsored by Cultured Stone and Kindred Outdoors + Surrounds, owner/designer Amy Matthews and Boral Stone Division Director of Marketing Sarah Lograsso discuss the Scandinavian-inspired design elements of the TOH 2021 Modern Barnhouse.

Interactive 3D Tour | 2021 Modern Barnhouse Idea House

Explore every inch of our Scandinavian-inspired Modern Barnhouse! Pan around the 360-degree virtual experience to learn more about the products and materials we used to bring this stunning home to life.

Shower Installation Solutions | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

TOH Modern Barnhouse designer/homeowner Amy Matthews demonstrates how Schluter-Systems helped her create a perfectly waterproofed, completely customized shower experience.

Design & Decor Tips from Amy Matthews | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Details make all the difference when it comes to creating a cohesive look—regardless of your design aesthetic. Here, designer/homeowner Amy Matthews shares some of the products, materials, and ideas that completed her vision for this Modern Scandinavian Barnhouse.

Outdoors & Outbuildings | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Tour the property, get a closer look at the exterior building materials, and take a peek inside the remodeled outbuilding/workshop

Second Floor High-Functioning Spaces | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Upstairs isn’t just for sleeping; it’s where business, laundry, and exercise also happen. And Amy designed the rooms to be both practical and inviting.

Ground Floor Gathering Spaces | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Take a tour of the ground floor gathering spaces in this Scandinavian-inspired stunner

Welcome to the TOH 2021 Modern Barnhouse Idea House!

The simple barn shape is traditional. But the clean lines, spacious open plan, and dramatic sightlines are all about modern style.

Sealing Up the Barnhouse For Greater Efficiency | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

With frost already covering the ground, it’s a race against the clock for owner Amy Matthews and builder Chad Maack to get the Idea House sealed in before the temperatures plummet to their typical below-zero mid-winter Minnesota temps

Warming Up Cement Floors with Hydronic Heat | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

In Minnesota, winter comfort is a high priority. The main level of our Modern Barnhouse will be heated with a hydronic radiant slab on grade. Read on to learn how it’s installed.

Bringing the Outside In | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

At the 2021 Modern Barnhouse, the design is starting to come to life. One of the key elements of this Scandinavian-inspired home is the windows, which will highlight the unique beauty of the property. See how Sierra Pacific Windows helped frame the entire end walls with windows to help bring the natural light directly into the space.

Starting With a Solid Foundation | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Work has begun at our 2021 Idea House in Minnesota. Follow along as remodeler and designer (and homeowner) Amy Matthews breaks ground, and the house begins to take shape.

Take a Look Inside the 2021 Idea House: The Rustic Modern Barnhouse

Dramatic clean lines, natural materials, and large expanses of glass define the first This Old House Idea House of 2021.

Innovations in Metal Roofing Panels | TOH 2021 Modern Barnhouse

With the ability to be snap-locked or mechanically-seamed, a brand new product from Bridger Steel offers a quicker and easier installation than traditional double-seamed panels.

This Old House® Announces First Midwestern Idea House – The Modern Barnhouse Outside of St. Paul, Minnesota

This Old House’s 2021 Idea House, the Modern Barnhouse, is a contemporary take on a traditional barnhouse.