This is a 5,000 sq. ft. renovation of two fading and cracked red barns facing Townline Rd. in Sagaponack which were once warehouses for equipment when the site was a quarry in the 1930’s. Like other structures of this vintage, the barn was awaiting its fate at the hands of a demolition crew before our client saved it.
The first step was to re-envision the derelict structure as a modern Live/Work space for this artist couple and their two kids while maintaining the integrity of its industrial past. Like we often do in such circumstances, we proposed selective demolition. This was crucial in not only saving the structure but in forming the basis of our design. Selective demolition revealed that the two barns were connected by an architecturally insignificant structure. By removing the structure, we created a breezeway by suspending a ‘mini-barn’ clad in metal shingles across the gap to serve as the primary division between personal and professional. Twin garage doors below can open for access to the backyard or close as a heated vestibule connecting the two Barns, one of which functions as the studio, and the other as a three bedroom, three bathroom loft like apartment.
Interior features include the original timber girders, clear-coated cedar board walls, a large brick fireplace, steel windows, and an industrial steel stair to create a natural and warm aesthetic that hails from the original utility.