This “Micro-Farm” Style Farmhouse Is Anything But Tiny

Having previously resided in a home tucked away deep in the woods, these homeowners had one main goal when redesigning this farmhouse – a space that would take in copious amounts of natural light on all sides.

Thus, on a prairie lot that boasted expansive views extending across a shallow valley, Wade Weissmann Architecture opted to design a somewhat unconventional residence.  With the idea of giving the home the appearance of a ‘micro-farm’ on the prairie, they broke apart the building into a residence and support structures.  While the main level would accommodate everything the clients needed for daily living, the lower level would allow them to indulge in their personal passions of keeping a horse on-site, as well as collecting and maintaining classic automobiles.

Kitchen/Dining Room.

Gathering Room.

The lower level features a display garage, display hall, as well as bedrooms and a gathering space for guests. The home also boasts a potting shed and potager, a decorative vegetable garden, built over the lower level display garage.

Display Garage.

Display Hall.


Both the architecture and the interior design blend traditional forms with crisp, contemporary detailing. And with extensive views, a porch off of the dining room/gathering room overlooks the property’s two ponds and prairie.

Outdoor Porch.

As the founder and principal of Wade Weissmann Architecture, Wade has spent the last twenty years designing classically inspired estates of many genres around the world.  His firm’s work has been highly praised for its fine attention to craftsmanship and design detail, and for lending homeowners a feeling of resort living, right at home.  Wade Weissmann Architecture has offices in Milwaukee, Nashville, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Santa Barbara, and is rapidly expanding its staff and offices around the country.

Check out ASPIRE’s Designer Friday interview with Wade to see more of his work, and get some insight into his life. 

Interiors: Teresa Manns

Photography: David Bader 

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