Andrew Michler

Maxwan Architects' House G is a Sun-Filled Retrofitted Barn Retreat in the Netherlands

by , 11/01/13

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Most of the existing barn was left intact. A swath of roof was removed and replaced by a length of skylights to compensate for the small windows. A soapstone woodstove delineates the living room, and a long counter and simple table makes a kitchen. The beam trusses were stripped of lower supports and structurally beefed up to support a platform laying across the cords.

Upstairs there is a platform retreat with built-in seating and ‘safety’ railing. The stairs leading to the second floor are suspended from a railing, and a couple of key tread cutouts turn steps into seats for reading books from the adjacent library. The changes create a unique minimal retrofit retreat while relieving the owners of the expensive task of gutting a poorly designed house.

+ Maxwan Architects

Via  Blue Ant Studio

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  1. The eP: Studio Prefab P... November 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    [...] Extending a home’s living space by building into the backyard is often a simple, affordable option rather than trying to retrofit the existing house. This 1 bedroom, 475 square-foot space sports a small green roof and a solar array. Cork floors and no-VOC paints keep the inside healthy, and an efficient air-to-air heat pump takes care of the interior temperature. [...]

  2. jh2o November 5, 2010 at 9:59 am

    The roof-line skylight idea is reminiscent of the Hillcot Barn in Herefordshire, RRA-Arch, I seem to remember it looking great at night. I guess one would need spectacular glass to stop heat-loss at roof level.

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