This fascinating Wisconsin farmhouse is inspired by Cotswold cottages


TEA2 Architects has designed this stunning contemporary farmhouse with sweeping views across rolling farmland in Pepin, Wisconsin. The homeowner’s goal for this project was to create a home that feels one with the landscape, as elemental and natural as possible. This form was designed to create a striking profile with (not against) the rolling bluffs.

A design inspired by Cotswold cottages, the house is a marriage of historic and modern architecture… and from sunrise to sunset, a study in how to receive light. Continue below to see the rest of this spectacular home tour…


The home consists of three iconic forms, connected by a center structure. Stone piers support a trellis that connects and animates the south side.


What We Love: This beautiful farmhouse is nestled into a picturesque setting that provides its occupants with a feeling of tranquility. Created as a retreat, this home will surely provide a haven of relaxation. Large picture windows flood the interiors with natural light while capturing the views of the rolling farmlands. We are loving every detail in this home, from the striking exterior facade to the beautiful interiors with thoughtful attention to detail.

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design of this Wisconsin farmhouse? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Wisconsin: Inviting lakeside cabin showcasing beautiful design details in Wisconsin and Amazing camp-like family retreat in Wisconsin with idyllic lakeside setting.


One of the most important jobs of architecture is to reveal the power of the landscape. The architects set up the house with sections at right angles to frame and organize distinct views.


Throughout this dwelling, the doors and windows are framed in plaster—formed, sanded, and finished by the homeowners. They have a handcrafted feel next to the finished timber work.


In the living room, the vaulted ceiling is anchored with the minimalist lines of a Kasota limestone fireplace. The big slab stones were ‘Fleuri’ cut for a swirl effect, then sandblasted to age and enliven.


Minimalist design and simple lines continue throughout the house and are accentuated by the homeowner’s personal style and carefully edited collections.


To extend the living room view, the architects used corner glass, eliminating the need for a jamb or corner post that would obstruct views of the landscape.


The home employs the Japanese concept “ma” — giving equal value to positive and negative space. Here, the simplicity of the open space is as important as its opposite.


The kitchen is also an exercise in paring down. Tables and chairs were made by the owner from wood harvested on the site. The metal-frame shelving, fabricated by a local blacksmith, is replicated on doors and shelves throughout the house.


The minimal trim creates a “quiet” background for other attention-worthy details. Doors and windows are framed in plaster, which the owners formed, sanded, and finished themselves.


Trellises create dappled light that leads you from one end of the house to the other. Vertical grain oak, with visible knots, was used throughout the house — celebrating the combination of perfection and imperfection.


The dramatic view from the bath is as soothing and lovely as any in the house, creating a calm respite on the way to the primary bedroom. The bathtub surround was also handcrafted by the homeowner.


The primary bedroom is the last of the home’s three bays. Flooded with morning light, it provides spectacular views of beehives, wildflowers, forests, river bluffs, and more.


This Wisconsin farmhouse is nestled high on a bluff with scenic views over rolling hills and the Mississippi River bluffs.

Photos: Courtesy of TEA2 Architects

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1 year ago

to pretty!