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2021 - Modern Barnhouse Idea House

Welcome to our latest Idea House, the Modern Barnhouse near St. Paul, Minnesota! We’re thrilled to be working with licensed contractor, activist, and television personality Amy Matthews as she embarks on building her dream home: a Scandinavian-style barnhouse on a verdant farmstead in the St. Croix River Valley. This 3,700 square-foot home will feature innovative SIP construction for a tighter envelope and speedier build; modern, minimalist aesthetic; rich, neutral palette of natural materials (cedar, cement, stone, and metal) accented with walls of glass that invite the outdoors inside; and the renovation of an outbuilding workshop that will become a training facility for women in the trades and survivors of domestic violence. Progress and expansion are underway, and you can follow the action, 24/7, below.

Modern Barnhouse rendering

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.

Fall 2021, Idea House, Modern Barnhouse, St. Paul, MN, Amy Matthews at the front dor

2021 Modern Barnhouse: Exterior Reveal Tour | Ep. 6

Join designer/homeowner Amy Matthews to learn more about the design principles and building products used to create this Scandinavian-inspired stunner.

Fall 2021, Idea House, Modern Barnhouse, St. Paul, MN, kitchen

2021 Modern Barnhouse: Interior Reveal Tour | Ep. 5

Join designer/homeowner Amy Matthews for a look inside the 2021 Modern Barnhouse.


2021 Modern Barnhouse Build: Finishing Touches | Ep. 4 

We’re getting close to the finish line at the 2021 Modern Barnhouse in Minnesota. In this episode, designer/homeowner Amy Matthews gives us a sneak peek at the finishing touches inside and out, as we get ready for our big reveal!

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.

Download the 2021 Idea House Resource Guide

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.

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

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.

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.

Amy Matthews with paint brush

Scandinavian-Inspired Palette | 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Here’s how a thoughtful Nordic-inspired palette from Benjamin Moore put the finishing touches on designer/homeowner Amy Matthews’ dream house

RealCraft Doors



Spotlight on Hardwood Accents | TOH 2021 Modern Barnhouse

Here’s a look at how designer/owner Amy Matthews incorporated the natural beauty of Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods throughout the Modern Barnhouse.

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

Kindred Outdoor

Cultured Stone



Real Cedar




Home Advisor




Aquor Water Systems


2021 Modern Barnhouse Build: Sealing the Building Envelope | Ep. 2

At the 2021 Modern Barnhouse in Minnesota, the snow is falling—and so are the temperatures. Here’s how the innovative building materials used throughout will keep this home comfortable and running efficiently, all year round.