The invitation to restore this barn came ten years too late as nature reclaimed much of the structure. Plans for its restoration evolved into plans for a replacement. A variety of original timbers and boards were used in the new barn. Dimensions match the original. The old stone wall masks the modern concrete foundation system.
ESSEX COUNTY GREENBELT BARN
This land conservation organization needed equipment storage and a workshop. Building a timber framed barn in the traditional English style let this new building fit easily into a setting which includes an 18th century house and an older barn of similar style.
BRIDGE STREET BARN
This timber framed barn was designed to complement a new house built in the 19th century vernacular. The program for the barn included space for half-court basketball and separate car storage.
LARCH ROW BARN
This timberframed barn was designed to house chickens, a pony, two goats, the barn cat, and perhaps others. At one end, a space is dedicated to automobile restoration. It is framed with rough-sawn native white pine, and has a variety of stalls and lofts with integrated ladders, all making a lively interior space.
This timber framed barn is a studio for an artist renowned for his kinetic sculptures. It has a frame of Douglas Fir, and was designed as a modern interpretation of the medieval cruck frames. The arched bents allow for a floor unimpeded by posts, and space free of tie beams. The exterior details are in the traditions of both Shingle Style and Arts and Crafts.
How to join a new garage to a proud 18th century house with stuccoed exterior walls? Call it a carriage house, dress up the exterior with arches and a cupola (matching the Town Hall's, as per the customer's request), and use some heavy timbers of native pine in its frame. Its stucco matches the house. Its placement, with a masonry wall connecting it to the house, turns a driveway into a courtyard. Upstairs is an office, and space for games and socializing.