This quaint barn built in the early 1900's used to function as a horse stable, a garage and a guest house until it sustained significant damage that required an extensive renovation. Richardson Architects were commissioned to do the job, which included flood proofing, a seismic upgrade, and reorganizing the upstairs to include a large living space, two bedrooms and a sleeping loft. And not even the big bad wolf can blow it down.
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.
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.
Photos by Jeff Zaruba