1. Short Project Description

The Barn is a rebirth project that turned a farm building that had outlived its usefulness into a warm, open, versatile communal family space. The project saved a 100-year-old building from impending loss and preserved the vernacular quality of the building while updating it for use.

2. Long Project Description

The homeowners wanted to turn the old barn on the property of their chalet into a secondary country residence where family, friends and kids could gather. Additionally, being busy people, they wanted a veritable safe haven, an island of peace far from the frenzy of their daily lives. The finished product had to feel like a self-contained retreat, as if it could be a hideaway in Bali when the wind blows through on a summer afternoon.

The overarching goal was to preserve the rustic character of the original building without making any compromises in terms of modern comfort. To this end all the redesigned space separations were demarked by the existing wooden structure. Furthermore, we wanted to avoid the introduction of vertical elements in order to preserve the eye-line to the view, so all appliances like the refrigerator had to be easily hidden under eye level and work with the original, century old structure.

The isolated location of the project site complicated deliveries, communications with subcontractors and the control of made-to-measure elements. Because the foundations had to be reworked while preserving the existing character and structure, every salvageable piece of the original hemlock construction was numbered and carefully stored next to the site. Added to that were the complications of working with the seasonal weather, with winter being especially difficult. The entire project took nearly two years to complete.

The space that once sheltered cattle became the main floor. Thanks to its various open, semi-open and closed areas, it provides different degrees of privacy. Its 30-foot ceiling creates a space that really breathes and invites the natural surroundings into the space. Additionally, the large windows take advantage of the spectacular view of Sutton Mountain and the virtually untouched ancient agricultural landscape.

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Modern home with Exterior, Farmhouse Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Gambrel RoofLine. Photo  of The Barn
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Farmhouse Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Gambrel RoofLine. Photo 2 of The Barn
Modern home with Exterior, Gambrel RoofLine, Farmhouse Building Type, Metal Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. Photo 3 of The Barn
Modern home with Exterior, Gambrel RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Farmhouse Building Type. Photo 4 of The Barn
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Gambrel RoofLine, and Farmhouse Building Type. Photo 5 of The Barn
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Farmhouse Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Gambrel RoofLine. Photo 6 of The Barn
Modern home with Marble Counter, Pendant Lighting, Cooktops, Range, Vessel Sink, Recessed Lighting, Colorful Cabinet, Wood Backsplashe, Kitchen, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 7 of The Barn
Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Pendant Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 8 of The Barn
Modern home with Dining Room, Stools, Table, Chair, Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The dining room of The Barn by La Firme Photo 9 of The Barn

The dining room of The Barn by La Firme

Modern home with Dining Room, Pendant Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Stools, Table, Chair, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 10 of The Barn
Modern home with Recessed Lighting and Medium Hardwood Floor. “The overarching goal was to preserve the rustic character of the original building without making any compromises in terms of modern comfort,” says La Firme. The team hid modern appliances (like the refrigerator) below eye level and worked with the original, century-old structure of The Barn. Photo 11 of The Barn

“The overarching goal was to preserve the rustic character of the original building without making any compromises in terms of modern comfort,” says La Firme. The team hid modern appliances (like the refrigerator) below eye level and worked with the original, century-old structure of The Barn.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Backsplashe, Marble Counter, Range, Recessed Lighting, Colorful Cabinet, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 12 of The Barn
Modern home with Kitchen, Range, Colorful Cabinet, Wood Backsplashe, Marble Counter, Recessed Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 13 of The Barn
Modern home with Kitchen, Marble Counter, Colorful Cabinet, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 14 of The Barn
Modern home with Kitchen, Vessel Sink, Wood Backsplashe, Medium Hardwood Floor, Range, Marble Counter, and Colorful Cabinet. Photo 15 of The Barn
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Modern home with Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 17 of The Barn
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Modern home with Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 19 of The Barn
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Credits

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Landscape Design
  • Alain Roy