Leave it to architectural firm Liddicoat & Goldhill to transform an old barn into a timelessly unique dwelling for two very lucky designers. Part curation, part restoration, the interpretation of an 18th Century threshing barn came together with both reclaimed artifacts and contemporary materials. And on par with client requests, this “Ancient Party Barn” focused on developing an atmosphere exhibiting a creative rendition of existing structures within the original building.
Massive insulated shutters now stand in place of the former barn doors, an American aircraft hangar door creates a canopy over the dining terrace, and a single roof light runs the length of the main room’s ridge providing steady natural light to the living spaces. These are just a couple of the simple yet defining characteristics of the “Party Barn.” The designers also added a mezzanine for sleeping and bathing, a tapered brick chimney that supports a corner of the mezzanine and incorporated by a cantilevered, waxed steel staircase and open fireplace. The restorations took a little over 26 months to complete.