Specht Harpman Architects
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Modern Barn Living Room modern 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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aussiepiper wrote:
Why make a feature of the chimneys? - It seems to me that the chimneys disrupt the otherwise beautiful lines.
   Comment   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.
March 14, 2014 at 8:29am   
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tichonn wrote:
Wall paint color - Could you tell me the brand , color and finish of the wall and ceiling paint pls? thanks
   Comment   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.
February 3, 2014 at 1:19pm   
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thank you for your response
February 3, 2014 at 4:27pm   
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wain wrote:
Polished Concrete Floor Detailing - I would like to see the construction details, specifications for a new concrete floor of this quality. The mix, the reinforcing, the pour schedule, finishing, curing and quality control.
   Comment   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.
March 14, 2014 at 8:38am   
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Okay, Thanks again.
March 14, 2014 at 8:46am   
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jhovat wrote:
Who the manufacturer of the fireplace? This is just what I'm looking for.
   Comment   March 25, 2012
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March 27, 2012 at 3:46pm   
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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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