Barn Style Home

Stamford, CT

New Barn Style residence

Completed 2013

Architect: Studio DiBerardino, LLC

Contractor: SWS Builders

Scope of Work:

A single-family residence designed with a specific program - a single master bedroom suite, with an additional loft and lower-level multi-purpose room. 2 full baths and 2 half-baths.

Surprises/Quirks/Restraints:

From the exterior, the form and shape of the new house required a traditional 'barn style' look. However, the interior of the home was to be untraditional, with casual and eclectic spaces. The wishes of the clients, 'empty-nesters', were for a multi-purpose home with lots of open space, simple forms, and a connection to the natural beauty of the wooded site.

Solutions:

The majority of the space functions on the main level, fulfilling 'core needs' for the clients. The open kitchen area functions as part of the expanse of the great room and connects to the master suite on the same floor. High ceilings are open up the level of the loft area and antique beams draw the eye up and out. The lower level and loft area are multi-purpose, supplementing sleeping accommodations when family and guests arrive, yet fulfill the needs of the couple when they are not entertaining.

A variety of window shapes and sizes, combined with a deck and a lower terrace that open off of the interior spaces with French doors, help to 'bring the outside in' and connect with nature on the heavily wooded site while showcasing the spectacular sunsets.

Vaulted ceilings, an open plan, a loft space that opens visually to the great room, and simple forms accentuate the feeling of spaciousness - with their own special touch - that the clients desired.

Specialties:

A dramatic floor to ceiling fieldstone fireplace and hearth in the vaulted great room acts as a focal point from virtually every space on the main level.

Flooring of antique reclaimed oak is echoed in the antique timber beams that frame the fireplace and are repeated throughout the open first floor plan of the kitchen/great room/loft areas of the home.

A rooftop cupola with windows and weathervane adds interest and a unique statement to the roofline of the barn style home, as do the shed-style dormers with standing metal seam roofs.

Windows accentuate the high, open spaces and draw the eye with a variety of shapes and sizes; from barn sashes, transom windows over simple sliding glass doors, to triangular windows alongside the fireplace. Windows are 'divided' with panes on the front façade of the house and progress from there to a mix of styles with completely open single glass on the sliding doors to the porch and terrace, to maximize views.

Custom iron railings on the interior provide a unique artistic accent throughout the house, visually unifying the spaces of the main level. The metal accents are continued on the deck as supports for the glass panels, which provide an unobscured view of the woods.

Member of:

The American Institute of Architects

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