Here is a story on Unique Converted Homes. The shower is what I was drooling over, can you imagine up-cycling a dilapidated old barn into something so beautiful?
Location: Montgomery Township, N.J.Â
Architect: John Hutchison
This former barn near Princeton was originally built in the first half of the 19th century by Louis Tulane and his son Paul. (Tulane University in Louisiana took the family’s name following an endowment from Paul.) Conversion of the barn to a house began in 2009 and was completed in 2011, and it just sold to new owners in February.
The award-winning finished product has five bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in about 5,000-square-feet of space. The massive floor trusses that once formed the hay loft were retained. The house has built-ins that look like leftovers from whatever old farmhouse once matched the barn, a soaking tub reminiscent of a rain-catching water basin and a walk-in closet so tall that it has its own hayloft for off-season clothes, accessed by rolling ladder.
Details like that are intentional. “Our underlying strategy was to create an interesting dialogue between the historic structure and new interventions,” architect John Hutchison says.
And while many nods to the building’s original use remain, it is designed so residents don’t feel like they’re living in a barn. Hutchison designed five primary living spaces that are thermally isolated from each other to keep energy costs down. With the thermal isolation and the three-story main room bringing light and passive warmth to other parts of the home, energy costs were reduced by more than half.
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