Words and photos by: Scot Zimmerman
Nothing looks more natural in open country than a cluster of farm buildings. There’s an honesty and direct practicality about farmhouses, barns, and rural out buildings and a tradition that makes them comfortable to our senses.
Architect Scott Jaffa reached to these forms for a home he designed and the Jaffa Group built (and designed the interiors). The location is in the Park Meadows neighborhood in Park City, and it is on an especially large lot with a hillside behind and a meadow adjacent.
Jaffa used black trim to outline the white forms and varied the rooflines and the exterior treatments. The majority has vertical board and batten, but he introduces horizontal shiplap and stone so that it has the appearance of an assemblage of structures.
I particularly like the low gently pitched roof over the dining area that appears like a bridge connecting the shiplap (kitchen) and brick with clerestory (entry and living). It gives the dining area an intimacy and views to the exterior from two sides.
The distinctive areas suggested by the exterior forms don’t carry over to the open-planned interior. Open space marks the separation of the three use areas in the long rectangular flow of the open plan. Ample windows connect to the hillside views with sliding doors to the outdoor living patios.
The clean forms and white walls serve as an appropriate backdrop for the owner’s carefully curated art collection.
The master is elevated above an outdoor patio and set off by itself to create a serene getaway from the rest of the home. The windows take maximum advantage of the private views.
The home demonstrates how well the farmhouse and barn idioms work with modern interiors. As far as photos, the emphasis was on natural light and I created a flow for taking the photos that captured light but not too much glare.