Barn House Begun

Our project in Princeton broke ground a few weeks ago, and is well under way. This is a collaboration with our friend, Peter Bohlin, of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to renovate a huge, historic, wood barn and add a small house addition to it (image created with Vectorworks).


The barn renovations are being done by Pinneo Construction and include stabilzing the structure, installing new windows and sealing it to keep the bats out (no small task). It was a challenge to survey as I did not want to disturb the bats. Did I mention that the barn is home to several bats?

So far all of the floor boards have been removed from the hayloft and a new wood walkway has been installed. This walkway doubles as a structural diaphragm preventing the barn from racking. It allowed us to remove most of the floor joists, which are all mortise & tenon connections with wood nails, as is the whole building. Hoisngton Engineers developed the strategy with us.



All of the wood- planks and joists- have been saved and will be used in some fashion the new addition.

This large space will house Peter's 'egg' room sometime in the future (or should I say 'bat cave'?). More on that in future posts.

The addition excavation is complete and the foundations are almost ready to go in.



Lots of shale. I hope the weather holds for a bit.