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Barn Entry

27 February 2010
I love this house because it has romance and charm, part of the shingle style tradition.  We even added an ‘eyebrow’ to the front wall with a series of owl boxes above it, although I’ve never seen a bird go in there.  We also added a French (Juliet) balcony and French doors to the master bedroom above.
Front Entry

The original rotted barn doors were removed and replaced with a window wall to bring light into the space.  The glass is set back to allow room for protection from the weather upon entry, and is also set at an angle to make room for the front door shown to the left.

Here is a detail above the main entry.  The original wood beams were exposed to the weather so they were capped with copper.  This particular one has the house number stenciled on.

The exterior trim and siding is painted dark green to help the building blend in a bit more with the surrounding woods.


Walpole Carriage House

21 February 2010

Front after Renovation


Since I’m a bit nervous about blogging, I thought it would be easiest to start with a project that is near and dear to my heart, my own home which, except for the landscaping, is now complete after 15 years.


The building dates from the mid-1800’s.  It was a livery barn on the farm when draft animals were used.  Horses were stabled there, and the sloped floor allowed wheeled vehicles stored there to be rolled through, using the large barn doors at either end.  The upper level was a hay loft, and a stone-walled ramp that leads up from the side enabled hay to be carted in.  The timber-framed structure with a gambrel roof features 22-inch thick fieldstone walls at the lower level.

The second floor is framed with timbers that were recovered from an even older building – many are notched for mortise-and-tenon joining.  Posts on the lower level are unhewn cedar trunks.   In the 1920’s the upper level was converted to living quarters.  Gas-powered equipment was stored in the barn by then, replacing horses, so the hay-loft was expendable.  The three-bedroom quarters created by the addition of dormers were intended for a farm manager and family, and were appointed with ribbon-fir flooring and pressed tin ceilings, which remain.

The exterior is now clad with cedar shakes, and tongue and groove siding.

What? Never heard of a One-Off?

21 February 2010

one–off :  \ˌwən-ˈȯf\

adjective or noun           Date: 1934, British origin

1 : limited to a single time, occasion, or instance
2 : singular, unique <a one–off design>

I like to think that every project is personally crafted and tailored to the individual client, and since everyone is different, each design becomes a One-Off.

I’m not sure where this blog will go, but my first thought is to walk you through various projects which are either in the design process or complete, and share some of the ideas and inspiration behind the designs.