Barn restoration and conversion

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Project by johnintegrity posted 10-09-2012 10:19 PM 3922 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a timber frame barn we are restoring and converting to living space we have completed extensive repairs to the frame and are now ready to close it in , as you can see we added a cupola for light and ventilation. the interior looks like the original barn with exposed timbers and barn board , the exterior has an additional frame added in which there is foam insulation. we clad it with pine barn board so that it will age like the original. It came out really nice, I will post interior pictures at some point. we used vintage hardware where possible. the birdhouses hide th vent pipes for the heating system and an air exchange system . the wood box below the electric meter holds wood but also hides the vent for the dryer and the range hood.

-- John, MA

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 10:52 PM

Wow what a terrific project and tons of hard work.

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 11:28 PM

Agree with Jim – lot’s of work and a great project.
I own a 1865 hand-hewn beam barn in SE Ohio and it is just a
wonderful piece of Ohio history. Would love to pick it up, slightly move it
and sit it back down on a better foundation. Maybe someday.

Good luck and stay safe.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#3 posted 10-10-2012 12:57 AM

What an ambitious project! Please keep updating us as this is fascinating to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 10-10-2012 06:12 AM

I have moved houses before but nothing on the scale of your project. This is truly an ambitious undertaking and it looks like you have stood up to the challenge. I am looking forward to your post of the finished restoration.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 10-10-2012 11:07 AM

Great job! I am looking forward to the final pictures.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 11:31 AM

Very awesome. It looks massive. What’s the dimensions? Will love to see the finished project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 10-10-2012 11:45 AM

Wow, this is fantastic. I viewed the build pictures on your company web site, the amount and complexity of work put into this is awe inspiring. I could ask a thousand questions about this restoration, I find this extremely fascinating.
Great job with this, please continue the updates with photos. Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 10-10-2012 01:09 PM

That is some project!
Keep taking pictures please.
Very cool post.

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#9 posted 10-10-2012 01:19 PM

Wow, that’s a project. Perhaps the biggest box project ever posted on LJs! Please keep us updated. I’d love the see more of this restoration/renovation.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 10-10-2012 01:48 PM

That is Fantastic! Please do keep us updated.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#11 posted 10-10-2012 02:51 PM

Great to see these old buildings being restored and reused. You’re keeping history alive.

Just an observation about pic 2 – on-site safety is very slack.
No hi-viz clothing, no helmets, no safety glasses. climbing on an unsecured load ….

In these parts, the safety officer would call a halt to proceedings asap.
Again, not a criticism, just saying what I see.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#12 posted 10-10-2012 03:33 PM

NICE !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 10-10-2012 04:37 PM

That’s the kind of project I would love to get involved in. Looking forward to seeing the finished job.

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#14 posted 10-10-2012 07:06 PM

That is amazing. That is my dream home.

-- Regards, Norm

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#15 posted 10-11-2012 12:30 AM

AWESOME JOB!!!keep us posted would love to see more.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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