Published in Boston Globe, Barn Again, Gooood,
ARCHITECT Journal of the AIA


The clients were looking for 5,000 sqft of loft living, but with all the modern day comforts: bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets, polished concrete floors with radiant heat.  Rather than build new, a second life was bestowed to an abandoned, 150-year-old horse barn.

The design leaves the timber frame structure fully exposed, and floats white volumes that weave between 8"x8" posts and beams to define spaces, thus preserving the original scale while creating habitable spaces.  Double-height reveals become intimate passages for circulation, creating transition zones between living and sleeping areas.  The resulting 4 BR, 4.5 Bath dwelling has only 1 interior door, for the powder room.

This project demonstrates that through a thoughtful re-imagination of an abandoned structure, an outdated relic can be infused with relevance for the future.


Program:  Residence
Location:  Sterling, MA
Area:  5,500 SF
GC:  Rock Ridge Construction
Timberframe:  Colonial Barn Restoration
Structural:  Fire Tower Engineered Timber 
Photography:  Matt Delphenich