THE GE­N­E­SIS OF A PARTY BARN

Timber Home Living - - Beauty & Purpose -

A DE­TOUR FROM THE MORE TRA­DI­TIONAL BARN SIL­HOU­ETTES found across the Amer­i­can Mid­west, this 2,800-square-foot party barn mim­ics the style of low, ram­bling horse sta­bles — a look that blends in per­fectly with its up­state New York lo­ca­tion.

“The barn is lo­cated on Canandaigua Lake in the Fin­ger Lakes Re­gion,” says Eric Fraser of New En­ergy Works. “It’s a beau­ti­ful spot for host­ing large gather­ings, specif­i­cally the home­own­ers’ daugh­ter’s wed­ding, which was the im­pe­tus for get­ting the party barn built in the first place.”

The home­own­ers worked with an in­de­pen­dent ar­chi­tect to cre­ate the de­sign for the barn, care­fully in­cor­po­rat­ing two sep­a­rate liv­ing spa­ces — one that’s more tra­di­tional with a kitchen and sit­ting area, and a large, open room with a bar to use for par­ties and cel­e­bra­tions. When they’re not en­ter­tain­ing, the sec­ond space can be closed off and used more like a garage for stor­age.

The barn’s struc­tural tim­ber frame fea­tures 34-foot trusses, cre­at­ing high ceil­ings and room for a sec­ond-story loft that also houses a bunk spa­ces for overnight guests. New En­ergy Works pro­vided the Dou­glas Fir frame for the home, as well as the en­clo­sure.

“Cre­at­ing a place for fam­ily is al­ways spe­cial,” says Eric, “and I love how this barn com­bines tra­di­tional com­po­nents with cus­tom fin­ishes and care­ful de­tail­ing.”

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