Modern Barns

Lincoln, Massachusetts
Location
  • Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2014
  • Three old barns were converted to a mid-century modern home in the 1950’s by Henry Hoover, a prolific architect that built many modern homes in Lincoln MA. In 1990 parts of the house were renovated to create an eclectic facade and gallery with a sculptural kitchen and entry. Twenty-four years later the house is undergoing another transformation by us that clarifies the architectural lineage of the original structures and the Hoover design.

    The young family that bought the house loved the large windows, generous proportions and connection to the landscape but found it difficult to use the kitchen and gallery space. Although much admired by the family and neighbors it was decided to remove most of the 1990s addition. This move allowed us to reveal the simple forms of the three original barns.


    The new entry is contained in a simple single story addition with a flat overhanging roof reminiscent of the Hoover design. Floor to ceiling glass on the entry side and a fixed wood screen on the living side make a simple composition that is warm and inviting as well as being private. New wood floors, a full kitchen and master suite renovation, as well as a complete overhaul of the HVAC system were also included in order to create a warm, spacious, and contemporary home.

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    Modern home with exterior, house, and wood siding material. Modern Barns is a 4,300-square-foot dwelling consisting of a series of timber volumes with pitched roofs. Photo  of Modern Barns

    Modern Barns is a 4,300-square-foot dwelling consisting of a series of timber volumes with pitched roofs.

    Modern home with dining room, chair, shelves, table, standard layout fireplace, and pendant lighting. The "sculptural" kitchen was replaced with a new open-plan cooking space, where concrete countertops are paired with glossy white cabinets and large windows frame views of the landscape. Photo 2 of Modern Barns

    The "sculptural" kitchen was replaced with a new open-plan cooking space, where concrete countertops are paired with glossy white cabinets and large windows frame views of the landscape.

    Modern home with outdoor, trees, walkways, front yard, and shrubs. A cedar screen was also added to the front of the living barn, providing privacy while allowing light into the home. Photo 3 of Modern Barns

    A cedar screen was also added to the front of the living barn, providing privacy while allowing light into the home.

    Modern home with exterior, house, and wood siding material. Floor to ceiling glass on the entry side and a fixed wood screen on the living side make a simple composition that is warm and inviting as well as being private. Photo 4 of Modern Barns

    Floor to ceiling glass on the entry side and a fixed wood screen on the living side make a simple composition that is warm and inviting as well as being private.

    Modern home with living room, coffee tables, chair, recessed lighting, and sectional. The living room, located at the centre of the dwelling, features bleached-ash flooring, mid-century furnishings, and aqua and chartreuse homeware. Ample glazing provides views of the verdant back garden. Photo 5 of Modern Barns

    The living room, located at the centre of the dwelling, features bleached-ash flooring, mid-century furnishings, and aqua and chartreuse homeware. Ample glazing provides views of the verdant back garden.

    Modern home with bath room, freestanding tub, and soaking tub. In the master bathroom, a soaking tub sits beneath a sloped roof with a skylight. Photo 6 of Modern Barns

    In the master bathroom, a soaking tub sits beneath a sloped roof with a skylight.

    Modern home with bath room, rug floor, and cork floor. Upstairs, original cork flooring was coated with a semi-transparent grey stain, giving it a "fresh look". Photo 7 of Modern Barns

    Upstairs, original cork flooring was coated with a semi-transparent grey stain, giving it a "fresh look".

    Modern home with bedroom, pendant lighting, chair, bed, dresser, and rug floor. The master bedroom suite features two walk-in closets with sliding barn doors made of birch plywood. Photo 8 of Modern Barns

    The master bedroom suite features two walk-in closets with sliding barn doors made of birch plywood.

    Modern home with exterior, wood siding material, and house. Close up of the cedar screen. Photo 9 of Modern Barns

    Close up of the cedar screen.

    Modern home with office, lamps, study, chair, desk, and rug floor. The home is characterized by large windows, generous proportions and connection to the landscape. Photo 10 of Modern Barns

    The home is characterized by large windows, generous proportions and connection to the landscape.