Farm House Renovation

Farm House Renovation

This property faced the street with a classic Colonial house, with a core dating from 1730, and a series of additions sprawling back into the site, ending in a 19th century barn attached via a low mudroom. The renovation started with a Master Plan for the house and property, proceeded with a Phase 1 renovation of the Barn, and concluded with a major renovation of the house. In the Master Plan, several things became apparent which guided the design of the project: 1) The Barn timber frame was not structurally viable, so the design team sourced an antique frame of the same design and erected that in its place; 2)The additions between the Main House and Barn had no historical or architectural merit, so were deemed removable and 3) the new structure connecting house and barn would deploy the structurally viable timbers from the original barn. The house and barn are designed to achieve net zero energy use, with solar panels on the roof of the barn, and a super insulated envelope in both structures. The Barn uses SIPS panels and triple glazed windows; the strategy in the main house was more complex due to the very thin walls and existing exterior detailing.

condition before renovation