Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Buying Here: Fawn

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Buying Here: Fawn

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Before architect and longtime Pittsburgher Sean Hohman moved to San Diego, Calif. in May, he told his wife, "I just want to sleep there one night. I want to eat one meal in the house before I leave."

The house he was referring to was the project to which Mr. Hohman had dedicated the past two years and the place he envisioned moving into with his family. But a job offer with the international architecture firm Gensler called him to the West Coast, so he settled for a one-night stay in the house he had been ready to call home: a 3,900-square-feet Corten steel-framed, four bedroom property by Bending Tree Lane (on Millerstown Road) in Fawn.

Still without an address, the new one-story house features 31/2 baths, a six-car garage, hickory wood floors and Silestone kitchen counter tops. Set on 5 acres and on the market for $750,000, the property is listed with Coldwell Banker Real Estate agent Rob Strohm, Jr. (412-963-7655, ext. 239, Open houses will be scheduled in two weeks.

Because the house is 600 feet off the main road, it provides privacy while allowing residents to feel connected to the flourishing natural environment around them.

The Corten steel exterior hearkens back to Pittsburgh's industrial roots. The metallurgy of the steel allows it to strengthen, as opposed to rust, over time. As the house's frame receives more outside exposure, it will become more unified in color.

With a forest and pond in its backyard, the house was inspired by the outdoor living concepts ubiquitous to the West Coast, where boundaries between the indoors and outdoors are blurred.

"I've always felt drawn to that type of living -- it's a more natural and fluid way to enjoy the home," Mr. Hohman said. "The house is a unique house for Western Pennsylvania. People who come through can't believe that it exists here."

His design serves to "bring the outside in."

The home's immersion into its surrounding environment is highlighted by broad sliding glass doors and windows, which face south to maximize the house's exposure to natural sunlight without letting too much heat in. The subterranean garage is topped with a lawn, merging into the landscape around it. …

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