Vernacular Barn Converted into Spacious Modern Home


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As traditional rural populations dwindle and non-urban residences become increasing retreats rather than farms, more and more eco-conscious clients are seeking ways to adaptively reuse barns, sheds and other remote structures and put them to new modern purposes. This adaptive design by SCDLP originally called for demolishing much of the old structure but evolved to include a majority of it.

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Once a dairy farm barn, this remarkable renovation is now quite modern in appearance – scaled down to human proportions and given a luminous quality through the use of horizontal wood slats. There is something still rusticated but definitively modern about the clean lines and scalar relationships. The wooden horizontals also filter light and view from the outside, maintaining interior ambiance and privacy.

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Taking local to the extreme, all materials were found or felled on site. What was once a quaint and common barn has become a layered contemporary construction, a composite work of old and new complete with five bedrooms and generous open spaces – a small barn has become a large and relatively luxurious modern home.

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The wooden horizontals provide a common language throughout the interior and exterior of the home, tying each space visually to the next within the whole composition.

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Light and reflectivity play significant roles in this design, some of the effects being no-doubt intentional while others are certainly after-the-fact happy accidents of design.

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