ISSUE 81  |  Best of Architecture

Barn Raising: Reassembled Barns as Modern Dwellings

July 15, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Heritage Barns raise the bar on adaptive reuse: Based in Waco, Texas, the company finds disused barns from across the country, which they then dismantle, restore, and re-erect—the best bit, of course, is the barn-raising party.

N.B. To learn how architect Kimberly Peck (a member of the Remodelista Architecture/Designer Directory ) turned a Heritage Barn timber frame into an energy efficient home in the Catskills, see our post: The Architect Is In: A Rural Barn Transformed for Modern Living.

Above: Naturally aged rough sawn cypress siding clads the Atlamont Dutch Barn, originally from Altamont, New York, and now relocated in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Above: The Brown Road Barn in Westchester County, New York, makes full display of its exposed structural timber.

Above: A tiled shower has been inserted into the loft space of a the Brown Road Barn.

Above: Grovenors Corners barn was built near the town of Cobleskill, NY, circa 1820, and is now a home in the Texas Hill country.

Above: The Ripley Dutch Barn, a New World Dutch Barn from 1770, started life in Glen, New York, and is now located in Glen Rose, Texas.

Above: The Ripley Dutch Barn in its previous state of disuse and disrepair.

Above: The Ames Barn after its makeover into a home.

Above: The re-erected timber frames of the Ames Barn.

Above: Heritage Barn builders begin the barn raising party.

Above: A lap joint forms the roof pitch, held together with a wooden dowel.

Who doesn’t want to live in a barn? See 180 images of Barn Living in our Gallery of rooms and spaces. 

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 23, 2012.