The Plains House

Eastern South Dakota

The Plains House is a speculative “smaller home” design with standing-seam metal siding, one of several home designs that achieve a maximized economy of space without compromising function, feature, or aesthetic beauty. The home is modular, featuring a two-car garage, main living space, and a convertable third space for either two bedrooms or a master suite and office. Each module is connected to the other by breezeways sheltered by natural stained cedar soffits sharing a single contiguous line. The main module features recessed exterior walls, providing landscaping elements in the front, and a wide, covered patio space at the rear.Inside, an open floor plan sports a large kitchen, clerestory windows for natural light, and monoslope ceilings. A large rear window wall offers a wide, unobstructed view of the backyard and opens onto the back patio. The bedroom suite, equipped with a walk-in closet, opens onto the patio as well.

The sloping angles of the living spaces’ outer frames and windows and the recessed depth of the main module disrupts the flat, level expanse of the Plains. The result is a striking juxtaposition between panorama and porthole. The home’s hard, even lines, too, disrupt the soft undulations in the landscape, uniquely marrying form and natural feature—proof that opposites often enjoy the happiest/most beautiful attractions of all.


TYPE: Speculative Design

YEAR: In Progress