Albemarle Barn Restoration
An 1839 Barn Becomes a Home
This Spring (2012) we finished a challenging project, the conversion of a pre-civil war post and beam barn into a home.
This structure was an 1839 barn that was taken down in a neighboring county and moved 20 miles to our site. Once the frame was reassembled on our foundation, we began the job of turning it into a home for our clients.
Michelle Bellerjeau of J. Graham Goldsmith Architects in Burlington VT was the project architect.
We wrapped the frame in energy efficient SIPS panels, installed Albemarle fieldstone on the foundation, installed steel windows and bronze entry doors, covered the exterior with reclaimed barn siding, and put a standing seam copper on the roof.
The mechanical system consists of a geothermal boiler for heating the radiant floors throughout the house and two geothermal heat pumps that provide cooling.
The interior finished include plaster walls, reclaimed brown board paneling, site built board and batten doors, and wide plank heart pine flooring.
The three-story stairway was built from leftover posts and beams that were resawn, kiln dried, and milled to our specifications; the balusters are tobacco sticks that were once used to dry tobacco.
Notes From Bill
We worked closely with the client who had the vision for what he wanted; many of the details were worked out onsite during our monthly meetings.
The challenge of using reclaimed material is that every batch is different; you don’t always get what you want when you want it. The word we used to describe this process of finishing the house was "organic".
I think it worked particularly well on this project; the creative talents of many of those involved was put to good use.