Specht Harpman Architects
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Modern Barn Living Room contemporary-living-room

Modern Barn Living Room

This historic gambrel barn was partially destroyed in a fire. The owners commissioned Specht Harpman to design the rebuild so that the barn would remain contextual with the other buildings on the 8-acre site while the interior was radically restructured to create a free volume. Polished concrete floors blend with exposed maple framing and custom woodwork to create both elegance and comfort.

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March 14, 2014
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Why hide them? We feel they are beautiful as well.

From a practical standpoint, nothing above the beams is enclosed, so they would have been visible no matter where you put them.
Looking at the image, you can see that, any attempt at enclosing them would have interrupted the 'beautiful lines' far more.
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January 18, 2014
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Sorry, we don't keep track of our colors. Each project is unique. We test multiple samples and pick out the best ones based on the light quality and character of each individual site.
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thank you for your response
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May 13, 2012
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I'm not sure what you mean by salt & pepper, but any color variation you are seeing is due to the natural variation of the cement, nothing special was done to create that effect.

I assume we must have used at least 2 coats of sealer, but we weren't there, so we can't say for sure.
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Okay, Thanks again.
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March 25, 2012
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Who the manufacturer of the fireplace? This is just what I'm looking for.
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Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to On an Architect's Bucket List: To Live in a Barn
While a renovated barn's interior is typically vast and spacious, it doesn't have to be all rough wood and traditional styling. Polished surfaces and modern, machine-age materials can complement a barn's inherent rustic qualities.
John Hill added this to 12 Singular Architectural Interiors
The bathroom in the previous example is like a room within a larger room, as is this "modern barn." The architects opened up the volume of an old barn that was partially destroyed in a fire, but walls like the ones in the center provide more intimate spaces for the residents. The trellis overhead brings the scale of the large space down while keeping it open to the peak.

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possibility for living rm ceiling
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Neutral off-white paint with wood
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Really cool open cieling design
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Interior & Open Design
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The open ceiling
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something about it?
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Like subtle variation
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the roof n glass windows
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Love the cement flooring!
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Good description of floor process in comments
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November 28, 2014
very clean, modern and light. Impressive. Love the floor too.
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Cement floors
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Nice color
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Concrete floor? Like the joins
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Concrete floor exposed beams
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Concrete floors
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space is narrow , modern, for a barn
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love simplicity and the dining table
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grey floors and pale wood... white walls...
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Piso cemento
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cement floor
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love the color of concrete and wood and exposed beams
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So pleasing to look at...love the beams and the ghost chairs!
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Like design layout, kitchen, dining, living, full length windows. finishes are too contemporary
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modern barn house interior
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Concrete floor, polished, steel trowel and low build sealer
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I am SO jealous. What an amazing space. Volume. Expanse. The light wood. I don't know what the floor is made of . I like it. I love it all. May I move in!
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like the loft
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same coloours with rammed earth wall concrete floor etc
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The ceiling in the living area is cedar 1 x 54 boards. The ceiling in the hall is pine AC plywood
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TOO cold
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slick inside!
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warmth of wood
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Polished concrete tiles
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nice fireplace
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Modern zen inside like peanut butter jelly
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polished concrete floor--what would be the possibilities with existing cracks?
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color of concrete floor
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exposed beams?
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dried arrangement
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you can get a fireplace instead of stove without having to build a chimney!
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feeling bois + béton + blanc + noir
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The story behind this barn refurb is inspiring and the architecture simply stunning.
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architectural ceiling work
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Wow what a design...
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light wood on wall with white ceiling and grey tile floor
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See comments on finish technique. polished steel trowel finish with low build matte sealer
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ceiling- white bars
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not the walls, the way it is compartmentalizes, cement floored area could be garage and hydroponic garden
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the floor
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Chimney through void!!
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Chimney only half way
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