Richardson Architects, California, barn renovation, earthquake-resistant building, earthquake-proof design, green renovation, rustic building, wooden architecture, wooden building

The barn is located near the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad in Marin County, California. Due to relatively high seismic activity in the area, the architects had to retrofit the structure to sustain the worst natural disasters.

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Richardson Architects, California, barn renovation, earthquake-resistant building, earthquake-proof design, green renovation, rustic building, wooden architecture, wooden building

The team opened up the ceiling to expose the roof trusses and accentuate the rustic quality of the original structure. Some of the roof trusses had to be replaced due to dry rot and seismic instability. A kitchen and bathroom wood-clad “service cube” was inserted into the newly formed volume and grey floorboards comprise a modern take on typical barn flooring. The end design maintains the historic exterior while updating the interior for today’s modern living standards. Whimsical schoolhouse lighting reminiscent of an earlier era adds scale to the space.

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Photos by Jeff Zaruba