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).

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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.

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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.

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

Jim