Hands-On Barn To Home Conversion
Working with my hands makes me happy. So for years I worked as a builder as well as a designer. Since earning my architectural license I fulfill my need to (hands-on) build projects for myself. This in-progress barn renovation is the latest of such projects. It houses both my wife’s hand-weaving and my architectural business, and our home.
An early decision was to support the original barn character both inside and out by preserving as much as reasonably possible. Renovated barns often become a typical house stuffed into a barn shell; the spirit of the original structure is lost. The technical challenge of leaving the siding, roof lines and openings in place while gaining modern energy efficiency required innovative detailing. Understanding the components of the (thermal envelope) and how they work with other (building components) is essential when changing the use of structures. These components; skins, drainage plane, thermal, air and vapor barriers and structure all interact, and if assembled incorrectly can and do create serious problems for homeowners.
My background with energy efficiency and appropriately tight building shells gives me the confidence to take on projects such as this. It is a joy to live and work here. We have an open plan, tinted concrete/tile radiant heated floors and rough plastered walls all of which combine with the original wood wherever possible; the barn’s spirit surrounds us. We can still imagine the (the farmer working?) cows that used to chew their cud in what is now our dining/living room.
1876 Historic Barn In Hudson Valley
1876 historic barn in Hudson Valley converted to home. Essentially unaltered, the exterior reflects the original structure though the interior includes many modern-day improvements including radiant heat flooring and exterior light filled spaces.
This historic post and bean barn once housed a farmer’s animals and feed. Purchased in 1999, its condition had deteriorated to the point of eminent condemnation by village authorities. After a complete restoration, David Minch converted it into his family’s primary residence in a Hudson Valley village. This barn to house conversion represents David’s architectural restoration philosophy which respects the past.