New York State of Mind

One tim­ber frame home brings barn-style beauty to the Long Is­land Sound

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One tim­ber frame home brings barn-style beauty to the Long Is­land Sound.

It’s no se­cret that barns are hav­ing a mo­ment. (Don’t be­lieve us? See for your­self on page 54.) But more than just a trendy pass­ing fad, barn-style homes make sense for the long run, thanks to wide-open, ac­ces­si­ble plans and time­less aes­thetic ap­peal.

In fact, it was this com­bi­na­tion of qual­i­ties that led Ken Zahler and his wife to build their barn-in­spired tim­ber home on the north fork of the Long Is­land Sound. “We’ve built four homes and one of our pre­vi­ous houses was a barn de­sign with tim­ber ac­cents,” says Ken. “We de­cided, for the next one, to look into com­pa­nies that did au­then­tic post-and-beam con­struc­tion. Yankee Barn Homes was a per­fect fit.”

In ad­di­tion to the charm of their de­signs, Ken was im­pressed with Yankee Barn’s qual­ity of con­struc­tion. “We were very in­ter­ested in the pan­el­ized con­struc­tion method,” he says. “We built this house right on the wa­ter and, in the win­ter, it’s an area where the ma­jor­ity of home­own­ers leave for warmer weather. We live here year-round, so we wanted it to be com­fort­able no mat­ter the sea­son.”

In ad­di­tion to the in­her­ent “tight” qual­i­ties of a true tim­ber frame, the home­own­ers were drawn to a barn-style home for a num­ber of rea­sons. “They were def­i­nitely at­tracted to the barn sil­hou­ette,” says Jef­frey Rosen, cre­ative di­rec­tor and co-owner of Yankee Barn Homes in Gran­tham, New Hamp­shire, adding that

the vol­ume of in­te­rior spa­ces in a barn home is key. “The home­own­ers loved the quirky in­te­rior space with big, high ceil­ings, and the tim­ber re­ally bal­ances that all out. You can go into a two-story with no tim­ber and it could feel cold, but the tim­ber re­ally brings ev­ery­thing back down to scale.”

With the help of Yankee Barn’s de­sign team, Ken started from scratch and came up with the cus­tom­ized 3,845-square-foot orig­i­nal plan that in­cludes three up­stairs bed­rooms (with the op­tion to add two more), five bath­rooms and, most im­por­tantly, a main­level master suite. “The main thing we kept in mind was that the home­own­ers are empty nesters,” ex­plains Rosen, “so the house re­ally lives like a one-story home. The se­cond floor can be com­pletely sec­tioned off af­ter their com­pany has gone home.”

“The house is laid out in such a way, that the first floor in­cludes the master suite and the se­cond floor in­cludes the rooms for guests,” says Ken. “Ev­ery bed­room has an en­suite bath and the room directly above the master suite is ac­tu­ally a sit­ting room, so there’s vir­tu­ally no noise over­head when we’re try­ing to sleep downstairs.”

Even with the smart lay­out, though, the big­gest show­stop­per is the over­all aes­thetic of the house. “The barn doors at the front that look through the house and out to the sound — it’s such a beau­ti­ful place,” says Ken. “It’s the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and mod­ern.”

And Rosen agrees. “The front el­e­va­tion with the cupo­las and the L-shaped plan and the en­try­way — it’s all re­ally beau­ti­ful and unique. A lot of peo­ple don’t re­al­ize that a barn struc­ture can look like a barn, but it also could look like an­other type of house. Re­gard­less, it will be nos­tal­gic and ro­man­tic and sooth­ing — al­most like you’re step­ping back in time, but with mod­ern ameni­ties. It re­ally is the best of both worlds.”

“It’s such a beau­ti­ful place. It’s the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and mod­ern.” – home­owner, Ken Zahler

Re­claimed brick floors in a her­ring­bone pat­tern strike a rustic note in the kitchen. Neu­tral cab­i­nets and coun­ter­tops add to the home’s farm­house feel.

FAR LEFT: The home’s oak wood floors, show­cased here in the great room, are not di­men­sional lum­ber, but en­gi­neered. “The en­gi­neered lum­ber is more sta­ble for con­duct­ing the radiant heat that we in­stalled be­neath the floors,” Ken ex­plains.

ABOVE: The home’s dou­ble-sided, see-through fireplace is faced with the same re­claimed brick that’s found in the en­try­way and kitchen. Unique light fix­tures bring a mod­ern, artis­tic flair to the home’s in­te­rior liv­ing spa­ces.

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